FaceOf: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

Updated 10 September 2018
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FaceOf: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas has served as governor of the Public Pension Agency since his appointment in August 2016 upon a royal decree.

He is also a member of the board of directors at petrochemical manufacturing company SABIC, as well as the risk and sustainability and the remuneration and nomination committees.

Recently, he led his country’s delegation at the 116th session of the International Society for Social Security in Geneva.

Al-Nahhas has more than 30 years’ experience in banking, business development, and administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from King Saud University in Riyadh, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Business Administration Program in the US.

He is also the chairman of a public pension agency-owned company, AI-Raidah Investment Company, and the auditing and risk committee at AI-Raidah Investment.

Al-Nahhas has held several prestigious positions in the banking field, including general manager of branches of Al-Inma Bank, and regional manager of the central region branches of SAMBA Financial Group.

He also played an important role in launching and operating the largest Islamic banking network in the Kingdom and the Middle East.

In addition, Al-Nahhas is an executive member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), a leading global organization that brings together institutions, bodies and government departments that manage any form of social security.

ISSA was founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labor Organization and it includes 322 organizations from 156 countries.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.