Flynas to train Saudi women as pilots and flight attendants

Flynas will hire Saudi women as co-pilots soon. (flynas)
Updated 12 September 2018

Flynas to train Saudi women as pilots and flight attendants

  • The low-cost carrier said it will be the first airline in Saudi Arabia to make the move

JEDDAH: Low cost Saudi Arabian airline Flynas announced on Wednesday that they will begin taking applications from Saudi women to train on programs for “Future Pilots” and flight attendants.

The company aims to recruit 200 Saudi male and female co-pilots over the next five years, the carrier confirmed to Arab News, with plans to attract about 300 Saudi male and female flight attendants in the next two years. 

The statement said that Flynas will ensure that the working hours system and the uniforms for their Saudi female flight attendants respect the local customs and traditions in the Kingdom. 

Applicants must be Saudi nationals and should meet international height and weight standards and be fluent in English. 

Applicants should be between 22 and 30 years old with at least a secondary education certificate. More information is available online on the company’s website.

Formula E at Ad Diriyah: An experience of a lifetime

A huge crowd gathers in Ad Diriyah village to enjoy the biggest festival of Formula-E racing action on Thursday. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 14 December 2018

Formula E at Ad Diriyah: An experience of a lifetime

  • The 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix gets off to a thrilling start

RIYADH: All the hype surrounding Formula E sent a wave of excitement through the streets that you could sense as you approached the Allianz E-Village, an electronic village with reality toys galore that will take you to the another world. Thrilled visitors who had come early had the advantage of avoiding the crowds and the busy queues as they paced their way through the village.
The Formula E-Prix took up the whole of Ad Diriyah, a family zone and cultural village. The best way to move around was by one of the many buses that transports visitors to the security checks.
On the ride to the cultural village at dusk you could see the place all lit up with twinkling fairy lights. It was magical and beautiful. One person on the bus gushed at the beauty of it, the mixing of the old and the new, the cultural and the technological.
“In my day everything was open; we had cinemas and foreigners walked around without abayas. This reminds me of the old days. I’m very happy that we have this again. This is normal life. It’s nice to go back to that,” Um Faisal, a Saudi citizen said from the crowd.
People were dancing in the crowds singing to the lyrics, and once the DJ stopped the music you could hear the crowds scream with excitement.
“This is ridiculous!” was overheard from one concert-goer who was watching the show. The huge crowd was jumping up and down to the beat. There were no limits to age, gender or race; everyone participated.
First-time concert-goer Yara Saud, an 18-year-old college student, had been waiting for this event since it was announced. Being a huge fan of Jason Derulo, she said: “I can’t believe that I’m attending my favorite artist’s concert in my home town. This is Crazy!”
“Saudi whassap. This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” said Jason Derulo.
As a special treat for his Saudi audience he gave the first performance of a new song, stating on the stage that his mother taught him to never visit empty handed: This was his gift to Saudi Arabia.
It was truly a night to remember as for the first time in Saudi Arabia we could witness the people of Saudi mingling, dancing, singing and enjoying themselves in a huge outdoor area.