Date set for launching of Saudi Arabian satellite SGS-1

Local reports have said technical preparations for launching the satellite on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11:55 local time are underway. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2019

Date set for launching of Saudi Arabian satellite SGS-1

RIYADH: The launching of Saudi Communication Satellite KA (SGS-1) from a base in Kourou, an oversees commune in French Guiana, South America, has been set for Feb. 5, according to Saudi Press Agency.
Local reports have said technical preparations for launching the satellite on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11:55 local time are underway at the King Abdel Aziz City for Science and Technology with the participation of other beneficiaries in the Kingdom.
Global defense firm Lockheed Martin has manufactured, tested and operated the satellite with the participation of Saudi engineers and scientists, who had been trained in order to be able to work and contribute to the satellite project.
The launching of the satellite comes afterefforts of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, as well as the kingdom’s Minister of Defense, who oversaw the the stages of manufacture during visits to Lockheed Martin’s San Fransisco headquarters in April 2018.
During the visit, the crown prince signed the final piece to be placed on the Saudi satellite before its launch with the words “above the clouds.”


VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

Updated 21 August 2019

VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

  • Shahab vows to continue her close friend's charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt

JEDDAH: A Saudi mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest this year has described how her commitment to her late friend’s charity helped drive her to the top of the world’s highest mountain.

 

 

Mona Shahab reached the highest point of the world on May 23 as part of a team of Arab women.

In an emotional video published this week, the mountaineer breaks down as she describes how her close friend and fellow mountaineer Marwa Fayed died in 2013 after complications during childbirth.

Shahab vowed to continue Fayed’s charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt, and used her Everest ascent to raise money for the cause.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video posted by filmmaker and mountaineer Elia Saikaly, who documented their ascent.

In an interview with Arab News days before her successful ascent, Shahab spoke about how she hoped her ascent would inspire Saudi women.

“Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to,” she said.

To help Shahab reach her fundraising goal, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/Everest-for-365-Deeds-Forward