Joint Saudi-Tunisian air drills conclude at Bizerte airbase 

The exercises, which began on Monday, are part of the annual Ministry of Defense training plans for the Saudi armed forces. (SPA)
Updated 11 October 2018

Joint Saudi-Tunisian air drills conclude at Bizerte airbase 

JEDDAH: The first joint exercises between Saudi-Tunisian air forces concluded on Wednesday.

The Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force, Lt Gen. Prince Turki bin Bandar, has patronized the conclusion of the joint exercises at Sidi Ahmed Air Base in Bizerte.

The closing ceremony included joint air-to-air combat aircraft from both sides, which carried out a number of air-military formations.

The Saudi commander delivered a speech during which he conveyed greetings extended from Saudi King Salman, Commander-in-Chief of all military forces and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. 

Earlier, the Tunisian government announced that its air forces have held the training "to increase the combat readiness of pilots and exchange experiences in the fields of logistics and technical support."

The exercises, which began on Monday, are part of the annual Ministry of Defense training plans for the Saudi armed forces. 


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.