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.


Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Updated 11 December 2018
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Ford trains 1,600 motorists in Mideast, Africa in 2018

Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) has wrapped up a successful 2018 having added programs in two new markets — Morocco and Madagascar — as well as having launched a women-only program in Saudi Arabia. The training program reached more than 1,600 inexperienced motorists in 10 cities around the Middle East and Africa.

Providing free training and instilling safe driving practices, the DSFL program offered an opportunity to gain experience in the four main primary driving skills: Hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management.

This year, Ford DSFL was run in the UAE (Dubai), Kenya (Nairobi), Uganda (Gulu Town), and four cities in South Africa (Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, and Pretoria), while Casablanca welcomed Morocco’s first-ever DSFL for three days of training in October. 

Antananarivo in Madagascar also joined the DSFL family when it played host to 50 members of the media, and a train-the-trainer for distributor staff, in September, becoming the eighth market in sub-Saharan Africa alone to benefit from the introduction of Ford’s program.

In addition, on its return to Jeddah, Ford hosted the global debut of its DSFL for Her, a new customized version of Ford’s award-winning safe-driving initiative, helping to build confidence behind the wheel as participants in the Kingdom prepared to be among the first-ever women to be issued a driving license in the country.

The DSFL for Her course followed the landmark decision last year, as decreed by King Salman to lift the ban on females driving in Saudi Arabia.

“Safety continues to be a key priority for Ford, and providing campaigns such as DSFL can only help reduce the number of road accidents, and increase young drivers’ knowledge and confidence on the road,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. 

“Ford also made history in 2018 when it hosted the first-ever practical hands-on driving training for women in Saudi Arabia — DSFL for Her — specifically designed to accommodate Saudi females embarking on their first journey behind the wheel of a car. These are the kinds of occasions that make Ford exceptionally proud of the success DSFL has enjoyed this year, as the program continues its rapid expansion, and evolves to adapt to the needs of the markets in which it operates,” Graham added.

Ford Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers necessary skills beyond standard driver education programs. In 2008, the program expanded to Asia Pacific, and in 2013, Ford DSFL branched out into both Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017, the free program celebrated reaching the one-millionth newly licensed driver trained.