26 million passengers visit Riyadh airport in 2018

The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 February 2019

26 million passengers visit Riyadh airport in 2018

  • The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips

JEDDAH: The total number of passengers departing and arriving at King Khalid International Airport exceeded 26 million passengers in 2018, recording a growth rate of 5.53 percent compared to 2017, with a daily rate of 72,932 passengers, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The total number of passengers in 2018 on internal flights increased by 8.39 percent and for those on international flights by 2.21 percent, compared to 2017.
The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips.
The rate of international flights increased by 3.43 percent compared to the same period last year.

 

 


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”