FaceOf: Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the KSA's Royal Commission for Al-Ula

Amr Al-Madani
Updated 22 February 2019
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FaceOf: Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the KSA's Royal Commission for Al-Ula

  • Al-Madani attained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2003
  • He completed his Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from the Harvard Business School in 2014

Amr Al-Madani has been CEO of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula since August 2017, prior to which he was the founding CEO of the General Entertainment Authority from November 2016 to May 2017.

He is also cofounder of the Saudi-based creative learning startup “TalentS,” which specializes in the fields of science, technology, engineering and innovation. 

Al-Madani attained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2003. 

He completed his Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from the Harvard Business School in 2014, and his Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2019. 

He was an electrical and power engineer at Saudi Aramco from July 2003 to July 2007, and executive director at the Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy from June 2010 to October 2016. 

He was part of a high-level Saudi delegation that visited India to showcase the royal commission’s work, creativity and future vision.

Al-Madani discussed with the Indian side development efforts in Al-Ula, and areas of cooperation pertaining to cultural exchanges, environmental tourism, and preserving heritage and cultural assets. 

“Our visit to New Delhi was a wonderful opportunity to invite the world to share our efforts to protect the natural heritage and share the rich cultural heritage of Al-Ula,” he said.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.