KAUST time-themed festival of science

Speakers at the festival include: Dr. Michael Young, Lando Norris, Jonathan Neale, Dava Sobel, Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, Dr. John Ellis, Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Dr. Juan Carlos Belmonte, Dr. Giulio Tononi, Dr. Karen Ashe, Dr. David Rooney, and Noëmi Daucé.
Updated 13 January 2019
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KAUST time-themed festival of science

What is the science behind our body’s biological clock? What role does it play in food, sleep, stress, how we age and even how we rejuvenate? Interested individuals can find out the answers to these questions and more at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s (KAUST) annual festival of science, the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), running from Jan. 13-24.
Online audiences in the Kingdom and internationally have the opportunity to explore the topic of time by tuning into all of the keynote lectures, in addition to in-depth live interviews on Facebook and YouTube.
“Time is perhaps the most universal and unifying aspect of life. The inspiration for this year’s festival came from the idea of proposing reflection on how different aspects of what we measure or perceive as time impacts people and how science and culture can help to improve quality of life,” said Chair of the Winter Enrichment Program Dr. Valerio Orlando, professor of bioscience at KAUST.
“Visitors can also explore what we call consciousness, the basis of intelligence and representation of reality, the fundamental questions regarding the universe and those global values that we learn from history that make humanity one thing.”
The festival will play host to 12 keynote lectures by international experts on sleep, consciousness, nutrition, the universe, dreams, society and history, including a Nobel laureate, a McLaren Formula 1 racing driver as well as writers, artists, film makers, curators and creators. Keynote lectures are complemented by workshops, exhibitions, virtual reality and immersive displays.
Speakers at the KAUST festival of science include: Dr. Michael Young, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine; Lando Norris, Formula 1 Driver, McLaren; Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer, McLaren; Dava Sobel, best-selling author; Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, professor in the departments of astronomy and physics at Yale University; Dr. John Ellis, professor of theoretical physics, King’s College London; Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi, director of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, University of California; Dr. Juan Carlos Belmonte, director of the Development and Stem Cells Biology Laboratories, Salk Institute; Dr. Giulio Tononi, professor and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness; Dr. Karen Ashe, director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research; Dr. David Rooney, former curator of timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich; and Noëmi Daucé, chief curator at Louvre Abu Dhabi in-charge of archaeology.
“This exciting festival of expansive thinking, coordinated, programmed and produced by our university, will bring distinguished keynote speakers, thought leaders, guests, conversations, ideas, inspiration and new knowledge to our students, our faculty and many others throughout Saudi Arabia and internationally,” said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.


Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

Updated 19 February 2019
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Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

SalamAir recently celebrated two years of affordable travel to a growing range of destinations. This landmark occasion sees the airline mark various milestones, including the growth of operations and expansion of fleet and destinations.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “Our success so far has been built on the promise of offering a different proposition to travelers locally and regionally. We have been focused on providing guests with affordable, flexible and rewarding travel options across our expanding network. We have also been focused on optimizing our operations, while looking into the future by investing in one of the most in-demand aircraft, the A320neos, a model that promises to improve our passenger experience and efficiency. With the first one already delivered and flying, we will be adding five more A320neos taking our fleet size to nine, compared to three when we started two years ago.” 

Since its inaugural flight from Salalah to Muscat on Jan. 30, 2017, SalamAir has carried over 1.4 million passengers. The airline enjoyed a steady rise in passenger footfall powered by its expanding route network currently standing at 14 destinations, competitive price offers, as well as the customer-centric loyalty program “More on Air.”

The program rewards guests with a one-way airline ticket in exchange for 10 boarding passes collected within a year. The airline has three “easy fare” options: Light, Friendly and Flexi, as well as a fairly priced menu of extras, such as extra luggage allowance, seat selection and priority check-in options. The airline recently introduced a new meal menu onboard.

CEO Ahmed added: “With the arrival of the new fleet, we will open up new destinations, some of which will be the first time connecting through direct flights to Muscat like Alexandria in Egypt, plus some unique summer destinations. We will connect the rest of the GCC and increase the frequencies in many of our current destinations where we have seen increased demand.” 

SalamAir also offers its guests a selection of promotions, such as the “Tempting Tuesday” weekly deal on all fares.