Flynas trip showcases tourist sites of Tbilisi

The Saudi media professionals toured a number of prominent landmarks of Georgia.
Updated 09 September 2018
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Flynas trip showcases tourist sites of Tbilisi

Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas recently organized a trip to Georgia for journalists working in the Saudi media. The trip aimed to introduce the airline’s new destination of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and exploring important tourist and historical sites in the country, in cooperation with the Georgian National Tourism Administration. 

A special program spread over six days from Aug. 26-31, was organized for the media professionals’ trip. The attendees toured prominent landmarks, such as the Georgian National Museum, the Narikala fortress, the sulfur baths of the city’s ancient Abanotubani district, the Bridge of Peace and the Gergeti Trinity Church. 

During their visit, the journalists met with officials from the Georgian National Tourism Administration and discussed a number of issues related to tourism in the country. Later, they toured the eastern Georgian city of Gori and met with Georgian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia George Jangava and Flynas CEO Bandar Al-Muhanna.

Al-Muhanna welcomed the delegation and praised the generosity of the Georgians. 

Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson of Flynas Ahmad Al-Musained said the trip aimed to introduce the Saudi media to Flynas’ new destination — Tbilisi. He said the trip is an important opportunity for Flynas guests to discover the country, get acquainted with its cultures and benefit from the airline’s special offers. 

Al-Musained added that the move also aims at enhancing tourism cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Georgia and supporting the Kingdom’s tourism industry by building partnerships with other countries to motivate its citizens to visit the Kingdom.

In June, Flynas launched direct flights from Riyadh to a number of new destinations, including Tbilisi, as part of its expansion plan to reach more destinations to meet Saudi market requirements. It is the first national airline to offer direct flights to Tbilisi.

Established in 2007, Flynas is a leading low-cost airline in the Middle East with a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 Aircraft, operating over 1,100 flights weekly to 17 domestic and 53 international destinations. Since its launch, Flynas has successfully carried more than 38 million passengers from its bases of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Abha. 

The airline has been named the Middle East’s Leading Low-Cost Airline by the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and also won the Skytrax Award for the Middle East’s Best Low-Cost Airline in 2017 and 2018.


Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

Updated 15 July 2019
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Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the National Program to Support the Management of Projects in Public Entities (Mashroat) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to appoint the latter as the enabling arm to support infrastructure projects. Mashroat will provide consultancy services and technical support for managing the ministry’s construction projects and facilities management based on the highest administrative and operational standards.

The MoU will allow Mashroat to examine and evaluate the construction projects’ management strategies and the ministry’s current facilities management, including designing and identifying policies, procedures and processes. In addition, Mashroat will ensure project implementation and facility management systems are run efficiently and effectively.

The MoU is considered as the first of its kind to be implemented by Mashroat to support the management of public facilities for government entities in the Kingdom. This includes the provision of consultation services and technical support based on international best practices and will support the ministry’s facilities, including 14 operating and maintenance contracts for 389 sites spread throughout the country.

The MoU was signed by Executive General Supervisor of Supportive Services at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ayman bin Ibrahim Al-Shelafan, and Director-General of Mashroat Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi. In attendance were Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi, Assistant to the Minister of Labor and Social Development Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Jasser, and Assistant Minister of Economy and Planning and Board Member of Mashroat Khalid bin Saud Al-Shunaifi.

Al-Jasser said: “The signing of this MoU is an important step toward strengthening our partnership with Mashroat. Through this joint effort, we aim to strengthen the ministry’s public infrastructure system, and achieve a strategy that will contribute to the development of the Kingdom and achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030.”

Al-Balawi said: “Mashroat aspires to achieve an effective transformational approach for the project and facilities management offices in the governmental agencies, through supervising the planning of the infrastructure projects portfolio for government agencies.” 

He added: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with the ministry, the first-of-its-kind for the management of public utilities. The program will examine and evaluate the management of current construction projects, while uniting the measurement of operational and maintenance procedures and processes to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, fulfilling the ministry’s strategic objectives.”

The MoU is an implementation of a royal decree (No. 47004) dated May 31, 2018, pursuant to the Council of Ministers’ resolution stating that public entities shall establish project management offices in cooperation with Mashroat to follow up, coordinate and manage their projects and ensure their delivery.