EFTA-Tayaran partnership to support aviation industry growth

The MoU was recently signed by Captain Abdulla Al-Hammadi, vice president of Emirates Flight Training Academy, and Mohammed T. Al-Subaie, director general of the National Aviation Academy.
Updated 13 March 2019
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EFTA-Tayaran partnership to support aviation industry growth

Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA), a flight training facility developed by Emirates, and the National Aviation Academy (Tayaran), a not-for-profit vocational training institute in Saudi Arabia, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their expertise and jointly promote their training programs and exchange cadet pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians in training between the two academies.

The MoU was recently signed by Captain Abdulla Al-Hammadi, vice president of Emirates Flight Training Academy, and Mohammed T. Al-Subaie, director general of the National Aviation Academy, in the presence of Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, and Prince Sultan bin Salman, president and chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). This collaboration reflects the shared interests between the two academies and the strong bond between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“The Emirates Flight Training Academy is very pleased to partner with the National Aviation Academy. This collaboration will help develop the talent pool supporting the future growth of the aviation industry in our region. We look forward to working closely with Tayaran to provide our expertise and share our advanced state-of-the-art technology and curriculum, as well as create a platform for a mutually beneficial exchange between aspiring young aviation professionals from cadet pilots to world-class maintenance technicians,” said Captain Al-Hammadi.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy is located near Dubai World Central (DWC) airport in Dubai South and was inaugurated in 2017. The facility spreads over an area that is almost the size of 200 football fields with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. This includes 36 ground school classrooms, ground-based simulators, an 1,800-square-meter dedicated runway, an independent air traffic control tower, a maintenance center, modern training aircraft fleet, a fully operational private airport, as well as accommodations and recreational facilities for cadets. Today, over 200 UAE nationals are enrolled in EFTA’s National Cadet Pilot Program.

Tayaran is an aviation academy focused on all aviation industry training needs and launched under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the chairman of the board of trustees, with board members representing Saudi Aramco, Saudi Aviation Club, Saudi Ministry of Education, Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Saudi Economic Cities Authority, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudia Airlines and Taqnia Aeronautics.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts airline passenger demand to double over the next two decades. This means it is estimated that a staggering 460,000 new commercial pilots will be needed by 2031.


467 Dar Al-Hekma students graduate in Jeddah

Updated 20 May 2019
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467 Dar Al-Hekma students graduate in Jeddah

Dar Al-Hekma University held a graduation ceremony for 467 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the 2018-2019 academic year. The students represented the 17th batch of the School of Design and Architecture, the School of Business and Law and the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education.
The event, which took place on May 16, was held under the patronage of Salih Al-Turki, Jeddah mayor and honorary president of Dar Al-Hekma University, and was attended by mothers of the students.
In her speech, Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, congratulated the students and their parents for their achievements. She wished them luck and urged the students to use the knowledge they gained at university to serve their country and religion.
“Today we celebrate the graduation of a new batch who will join the labor market. I am quite confident that our students will be valuable to the labor market and society and contribute to economic development because they have been prepared by highly-qualified faculty members who enjoy global experience,” she said.
“Indeed, this is one of the most beautiful moments in your life. Today you are reaping the benefits of the years you have spent studying at the university. Your efforts have paid off. You are about to start a new phase of your career and I am confident you will be successful. Keep up the persevering and fruitful efforts to reach the top,” Al-Qurashi told the students.
Jeddah mayor Al-Turki said the new batch of graduating students will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and contribute to the development of the country and society and play a national role as citizens. Congratulating the students and parents, he said their achievements reflect the high standard of Dar Al-Hekma University.
Al-Qurashi thanked the sponsors and founders of Dar Al-Hekma University who have dedicated their time and efforts to the institution. She said the university will continue to recognize them as they are part of the successes achieved by the students.
During the event, speeches were delivered by the university’s board of trustees; guardian of the graduating students Dr. Hatim Al-Marzoky, deputy minister of education for universities; winner of Dar Al-Hekma Award for Outstanding Woman Dr. Eiman Al-Mutairi, assistant minister to the minister of commerce and investment; and the graduates.
Awards were handed out to the top-performing students, including the Abdulmajeed Outstanding Performance Award and Khalid Ali Al-Turki Award for Talents. Donors and sponsors, including Al-Turki, were also honored.
A documentary highlighting the development and achievements of the university was shown to the audience.