Motorsport fans soak up Formula E atmosphere on Khobar Corniche

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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
Updated 14 December 2018
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Motorsport fans soak up Formula E atmosphere on Khobar Corniche

KHOBAR: Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix.
Running from Nov 8 to 10, the Khobar event is a three-day festival of racing, culture, music and entertainment.
Some of the activities include racing simulators as well as an alternative reality experience, giving fans a firsthand taste of the technology of the future.

Bavaria Zaman, who attended on Thursday with husband Rashid Khan and children Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: “I think it’s fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun. We did not know all of this was happening until we came down, we just knew there would be a race in December. It’s great that all of this is right here in Khobar”.
Neji Ayed who took daughter Diya and son Khalid to the event said: “This is very fun. I think Formula E is a great sport and we look forward to the race in Ad Diriyah.”
33-year-old Yazan Al-Badr said: “I wanted to go see a race in Bahrain. But now we have a better version in Saudi Arabia, which is great. I think that this is really exciting.”
The Khobar event is also playing host to the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship, before moving to Jeddah on Nov. 22 and finally to Ad Diriyah on December 13, which will see contestants completing qualifying laps in person and online. The 16 fastest participants will be invited to Ad Diriyah to battle it out live for a shared prize of SAR 1,000,000 on December 14 and 15 at the race.
Tickets for the Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix are on sale at the Touring E Village throughout the weekend. The event on Dec. 13 to 15 is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).
For more information about ‘SAUDIA AD DIRIYAH E-PRIX’ including schedule and tickets, click here.


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.