Saudi Arabia takes center stage at Tunis book fair

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Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali welcomed Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and showed him displays from several Saudi government, cultural and educational bodies. (SPA)
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Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali welcomed Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and showed him displays from several Saudi government, cultural and educational bodies. (SPA)
Updated 07 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia takes center stage at Tunis book fair

  • About 25 Saudi Arabian bodies, including ministries, universities, institutes and book stores were taking part in the event

TUNIS: Saudi Arabia took center stage at the launch on Friday of a prestigious global book fair.
The Kingdom was taking part in the 35th International Book Fair of Tunis, being held at the Kram Exhibition Center in the Tunisian capital.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed opened the 10-day event being attended by 319 exhibitors from 24 Arab and foreign countries, and he made a point of visiting the Saudi pavilion.
Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali welcomed Chahed and showed him displays from several Saudi government, cultural and educational bodies plus exhibits relating to children, Arabic calligraphy, and scholarships.
The Saudi pavilion also includes a photography exhibition focusing on the Kingdom’s heritage and tourist attractions.
Al-Ali said that the book fair provided an important platform from which to promote the culture of reading and bridge culture gaps between Arab and foreign writers.
The Saudi ambassador said about 25 Saudi Arabian bodies, including ministries, universities, institutes and book stores were taking part in the event.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.