Drones take center stage at aviation talks

Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, GACA chairman. (SPA)
Updated 21 December 2018
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Drones take center stage at aviation talks

  • GACA recently signed a series of strategic agreements in the civil aviation domain at an air services event in Nairobi

JEDDAH: An official from the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) took part in a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) civil aviation meeting in Kuwait City on Thursday.
Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, GACA chairman, joined the GCC executive committee’s 15th meeting, which was hosted by Kuwait’s civil aviation body in conjunction with the GCC's top management.
The meeting discussed devising mechanisms for the use of drones and creating a unified program for safety assessments of foreign aircraft, along with other topics on its agenda.
GACA recently signed a series of strategic agreements in the civil aviation domain at an air services event in Nairobi.
The accords were aimed at facilitating air operations, ensuring air safety and aviation security and regulating the air transport industry.
During the meeting, the Saudi delegation concluded bilateral agreements in the field of air transport services with Colombia, Seychelles and Rwanda.


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

Updated 21 March 2019
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Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

  • Professor Diaa Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day
  • She also highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain

RIYADH: Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday hosted Dr. Diaa Al-Kaabi, who gave a lecture on the role of culture in Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The academic, who is a professor at the University of Bahrain, highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain. She named Muqbel Al-Zukair, and the families of Al-Gosaibi, Al-Bassam, Al-Ajaji, Al-Mashari and others, as pioneers.
She also mentioned the cultural agreement that was signed in 1974 between the Kingdom and Bahrain as the first such agreement signed between the two Gulf states.
Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day. She highlighted major trends in Bahrain’s cultural industry, and the role of societies, theaters and universities, as well as state institutions, in promoting the nation’s culture to an international audience.
She addressed the beginnings of the cultural movement under Sheikh Issa bin Ali, which she considered as the founding of the country’s cultural consciousness. 
It heralded the age of enlightenment in Bahrain, which was part of the modern Arab Renaissance starting from the early nineteenth century, she said.
Al-Kaabi concluded her lecture by stressing that culture, if nurtured, could be a pillar of economic development as it provided many job opportunities and its revenues were high. 
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the fair, which runs until March 23.
A Bahraini pavilion will host 13 cultural events including poetry nights, seminars and children’s programs over the course of the fair. In total, more than 900 global publishing houses are set to participate, with 500,000 books and publications on display, and up to a million visitors expected to attend.