Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

JEDDAH: Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19.
Al-Aiban started his participation by meeting Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the publicity department of the CPC Central Committee.
Then Al-Aiban attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Forum on Human Rights, which focuses on poverty elimination and seeking common development to build a community of shared future for human beings.
In his address to the forum, Al-Aiban noted that the term of sustainable development involves deep awareness of the relation between human and resources in general and natural resources in particular.
The most important challenge facing sustainable development is the need to eradicate poverty by encouraging balanced production and consumption patterns without over-reliance on natural resources, he said.
He stressed that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 grasped this by introducing a series of programs and initiatives and by restructuring the government support system to promote sustainable development in the Kingdom and overcome its challenges. “Vision 2030 adopted by the Council of Ministers on April 25, 2016 represents the first real and serious implementation of the right to development in the Kingdom,” he said.
Al-Aiban pointed out that the dimensions of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 can be understood through the speech of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who affirmed that our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are our nation’s pride and the architects of our future.
“The right to development is a top priority for the Kingdom, established in Vision 2030 through a plethora of programs and initiatives that aims to involve Saudi citizens in preparing and then achieving this vision and reviewing its developmental implications through systematic institutional work that is based on transparency, governance and fighting corruption, which in turn is conducive to a more sustainable and prosperous development reality, meeting human needs in all aspects of life,” he said.
Al-Aiban also emphasized the role of the Kingdom in promoting and protecting all issues related to women’s rights, being a key partner in the process of building and development.


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.