King Salman congratulates Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr

King Salman receives Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as well as scholars, sheikhs, senior civil servants and military officials who came to congratulate him on Eid Al-Fitr at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 05 June 2019
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King Salman congratulates Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr

  • King leaves for Jeddah after spending the last 10 days of Ramadan in Makkah

MAKKAH: King Salman performed the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. He was joined by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The king received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri after the prayer as well as scholars, sheikhs, senior civil servants and military officials who came to congratulate him on Eid Al-Fitr at Al-Safa Palace.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and other princes were also at the gathering.

The king greeted Saudis and Muslims around the world on Monday, the eve of Eid Al-Fitr. In an address, delivered on his behalf by Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah, the king wished peace and prosperity for the Kingdom, its people as well as to the Muslim Ummah and the world at large.

“Allah has honored Saudi Arabia, since it was founded by King Abdul Aziz, in serving the Two Holy Mosques and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, a unique honor to take care of their safety, security and comfort. We praise God for helping us harness all the capabilities to enable the guests of God to perform their rituals in ease and comfort,” the king said.

The king added that Saudi Arabia sought to serve Islamic issues and support peace. “We ask Allah Almighty to help the Muslim Ummah to achieve whatever is good for the Ummah, and to unite Muslims to follow the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah.”

The king left Makkah for Jeddah, having spent the last 10 days of the fasting month of Ramadan in the holy city.

Meanwhile, the king and the crown prince sent cables of greetings to several kings, heads of state, and leaders of Muslim countries. They wished that this auspicious occasion would bring about more progress and blessings to the Muslim world. The king and the crown prince also received greetings from kings, presidents and emirs of Islamic countries.


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.