Fahad Al-Harbi, president of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation

Updated 04 April 2019
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Fahad Al-Harbi, president of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation

  • He attained a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from King Abdul Aziz University in 2008
  • In 2002, he joined Al-Khaleej Training and Education as a career development manager

Fahad Al-Harbi has been president of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation (SACA) at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) since April 2016.

He attained a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from King Abdul Aziz University in 2008, and a postgraduate diploma in business administration and management in 2013. He also attained many diplomas, including in management, networking, IT and Microsoft.

Speaking at the 2019 Global Aviation Summit in Riyadh, Al-Harbi said there had been a surge in women training in interpersonal skills, aviation security and air traffic control.

SACA was founded in 1962 as one of GACA’s main subsidiaries to train air traffic controllers in Saudi Arabia.

“In the last year, SACA has witnessed a 72 percent increase in female trainees, from 172 in 2017 to 295 in 2018,” Al-Harbi said.

In 2002, he joined Al-Khaleej Training and Education as a career development manager. He worked in several positions in this company, including regional manager and vice president of development until June 2009.

Al-Harbi worked at Zidny Training and Development as general manager from June 2009 until February 2011.

He later joined the Saudi Electronics and Home Appliances Institute as executive director until June 2015.

Al-Harbi worked as vice president of commercial programs at BAE Systems Saudi Development and Training before he moved to the SACA in 2016.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.