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.


Dutch consulate in Jeddah celebrates National Day

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Dutch consulate in Jeddah celebrates National Day

  • The Dutch National Day is known as King’s Day since it commemorates the birthday of King William Alexander on April 27
  • Nashwa Taher is the first Saudi woman to be appointed honorary consul of the Netherlands in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Diplomats from various countries gathered in Jeddah on Tuesday to celebrate the Netherlands’ National Day.

The celebration, organized by the Dutch consulate in Jeddah, began with a speech from the honorary consul, Nashwa Taher, who welcomed the guests and thanked them for attending.  

She highlighted the most important potential opportunities for experience and knowledge exchange between the Netherlands and other countries. 

“Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands enjoy long-term good relations, We thank God for that. Our role at the consulate in Jeddah is to develop business relations as much as possible,” Taher told Arab News. 

Dutch Ambassador Joost Reintjes delivered his speech in Arabic after greeting the guests in his native tongue.

“Both kingdoms have benefited from strong historical ties over the years,” he said, highlighting “success stories and cooperation between the two countries” in various sectors. “We hope to strengthen these relations in the future.”

Bilateral relations can be traced as far back as the 17th century, but they were formalized with the opening of a Dutch consulate in Jeddah in 1869. The consulate was upgraded to an embassy, which moved to Riyadh in 1985.  

Both countries’ national anthems were played after the speeches, then guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. 

The National Day is known as King’s Day since it commemorates the birthday of King William Alexander on April 27.

The Dutch Embassy organizes trade missions and events, and helps businesspeople and companies interested in doing business with the Netherlands, which is among top 10 trading partners and investors in Saudi Arabia.