Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal lays the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 December 2018
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Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

  • The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal laid the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. The airport is part of an overall plan to expand the Kingdom’s aviation network and build new airports projected in Vision 2030.

The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues.

The airport is expected to serve seven provinces and 50 administrative centers related to three coastal and rural areas: Makkah, Al-Baha and Asir regions.

The Makkah governor said many development projects are being planned for the region. He said the idea of the airport was conceived 10 years ago following which 14 sites were carefully studied for the project.

He had formed a committee to assess the potential site for building an airport in Al-Qunfudah. The committee assessed multiple locations in the city.

The General Authority on Civil Aviation (GACA) determined the proper regulations to ensure air traffic safety, while the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment undertook studies into the climate’s effect on aviation.

The ceremony was attended by top officials. 


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.