E-bracelets provided tremendous assistance to pilgrims and scouts

Updated 18 September 2016
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E-bracelets provided tremendous assistance to pilgrims and scouts

MINA: The use of e-bracelets had a major impact in efficiently, facilitating the pilgrims’ return to their tents by youths from the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, who were spread throughout Mina during this year’s Haj pilgrimage.
Abdu Ahmed Mu’afa, a supervisor at one of the scout centers in Mina, said the scouts at the holy site played an important role to help lost pilgrims return to their tents.
He said the e-bracelets significantly contributed in helping the scouts in quickly assisting the pilgrims. They would take a picture of the barcode on the bracelets with a smartphone, and enter the number to the device to obtain a pilgrim’s data to locate his or her tent.
The e-bracelets store personal information of each pilgrim, including nationality, passport number, visa number, and address, as well as any pertinent medical information.
The e-bracelets allowed better service provision by government and private sector bodies, including for those who are lost, the elderly, and those who do not speak Arabic.
Mu’afa said there were eight scout centers in Mina and Arafat, and around 7,000 scouts served guests of Allah this year. He said scouts prepare three months before the start of the pilgrimage season, where those who wish to participate submit their applications through the website. The names are selected, and training courses are held through the centers in different regions of the Kingdom.


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.