Bahrain air show attracts regional aviation companies

Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed
Updated 07 November 2018

Bahrain air show attracts regional aviation companies

The 5th edition of the Bahrain International Air Show 2018 (BIAS 2018) has attracted the highest ever number of companies from the GCC, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The event will be held under the patronage of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and has been organized under the supervision of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, personal representative and chairman of the organizing committee of BIAS.

Building on the long-established brotherly relationships between the countries, the biennial event, which will take place from Nov. 14-16, will provide aviation companies from the region an opportunity to meet potential clients and suppliers participating in the show from the global aviation industry. 

Saudi Arabia’s participation at the BIAS 2018 follows that of the UAE, with committed presence from six significant Saudi entities specialized in aviation, engineering and military manufacturing, namely the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Adams Advanced Aero Technology, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI), Sky Prime Aviation Services and Saudi Aramco.

The UAE will be represented at the event by a total of 14 entities comprising local government bodies as well as specialized companies in the aviation and engineering of military industrial machinery and equipment. Participants include Abu Dhabi Aviation, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI), Advanced Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center (AMMROC), UAE Company for Industrial Machinery and Equipment, Emirates Advanced Research Advanced Research and Technology Holding LLC, Emirates Technology and Innovation Center (ETIC), Global Aerospace Logistics LLC (GAL), an Abu Dhabi-based subsidiary of the Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), Air Navigation Services, Maximus Air Cargo, Nation Shield Military and Strategic Journal, Royal Jet, Tawazun Economic Council, UAE Space Agency and Etihad Airways Engineering. 

Kuwait will also be participating with Kuwait Airways taking part in the static display as well as the exhibition hall.

Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of BIAS, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said: “The top executives from the public and private sectors in the region can meet with the global aviation industry leaders in one place.”


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019

Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.