Saudi civil service minister participates in Arab Government Excellence Award launch

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Civil Service Sulaiman Al-Hamdan participates in the launch of the Arab Government Excellence Award in Cairo. (SPA)
Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi civil service minister participates in Arab Government Excellence Award launch

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Civil Service Sulaiman Al-Hamdan participated in the launch of the Arab Government Excellence Award on Thursday at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.

The award was organized in partnership with the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), of which Al-Hamdan is also the chairman.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit delivered the keynote speech, in which he stressed that the award would foster the spirit of fair competition in the field of public administration.

Gheit said the award, launched under the patronage of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, would encourage leading practices in the performance of government institutions in Arab countries, to encourage government institutions to improve their services.

Mohammad Al-Gergawi, UAE minister of Cabinet affairs and chairman of the award’s board of trustees, said that the award would recognize the best Arab ministers, ministries, directors, institutions and governors based on strict administrative standards, with additional recognitions in the fields of health, education, infrastructure, women’s empowerment and the provision opportunities for young people.

He added that a series of research papers on modern government administration would be launched, and an Arab administrative platform made available to review best practices and obtain detailed and up-to-date management advice.

ARADO Director General Nasser Al-Qahtani said: “The Arab Government Excellence Award was launched by a decision of the member ministers of the executive council and ARADO’s general assembly. The aim is to improve government institutions and services in all Arab countries and promote pioneering and distinctive practices.”

During the ceremony, the UAE signed a memorandum of understanding with ARADO on the joint organization of the Arab Government Excellence Award. It was co-signed by the UAE minister of state for happiness and wellbeing, Ohood bint Khalfan Al-Roumi, and Al-Qahtani.


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.