Passport Department’s SMS notifications on traveling dependents criticized

Updated 01 December 2012
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Passport Department’s SMS notifications on traveling dependents criticized

Many people have expressed reservations on Twitter about the Passports Department sending a text message to the male guardian of a woman when she leaves the country. Several fathers and husbands were surprised, especially as many of them were traveling with their wives and daughters, to receive this notification.
Passports Department spokesman Col. Badr Al-Malik said receiving these messages is optional. When citizens update their information in the department’s Absher electronic system, they can choose if they want a notification. It is not aimed at linking the women’s movements to their male guardians. “It is rather a service to the community and one of Absher System’s electronic services.
Absher services include notifying a citizen about all department procedures related to his Civil Registry, like passport expiry, workers’ visas and others,” said Al-Malik.
Abdullah Al-Muwallad, Civil Status Department official, said the department is applying the Electronic Government System. This entails notifying citizens through a text message about certain procedures.
These include the issuance of a national ID and the departure (leaving the country) of any of the family members registered in the citizen’s Civil Registry.
Samia Al-Amoudi, a professor at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz University, who commented on the issue on Twitter, said she objects to the procedure because such messages are insulting. “A woman is not a minor,” she said.
Luai, founder of Lumar company, said he received a message that his wife Muna had departed from King Abdulaziz International Airport as soon as the passport department’s official stamped his and his wife’s passports.
He thought the procedure limits the freedom of women. Dalal Samir, a housewife, said her daughter traveled with her husband. The father (Dalal’s husband) received a notification. “We became worried and could not rest until they arrived at their destination and called us.”


Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

Saudi military industry aims to create jobs for Saudi people and increase the Kingdom’s export potential. SPA
Updated 16 min 54 sec ago
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Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

  • The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries
  • The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines

JEDDAH: The new Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah were officially opened on Friday by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) Chairman Ahmed Al-Khatib.

In his opening speech, Eng. Mansour Al-Eid, AACC’s chief executive, said that the establishment of the General Authority for Military Industries and SAMI had helped to create jobs for Saudi people, boost the national income and increase the Kingdom’s export potential.
SAMI aims to contribute around SR14 billion ($3.73 billion) directly to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Al-Eid said that the AACC aims to increase its job localization rate from 62 percent to 80 percent in the next two years.
The company is planning to increase repair capacity for Typhoon jets and the manufacture of major spare parts and hydraulic systems for the Hawk and Pilatus PC-21. It will also focus on the repair of landing systems for civilian aircraft and Lockheed C-130 aircraft systems — a first for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Al-Eid confirmed the company can now carry out maintenance on the largest commercial aircraft, including Boeing 777, and Airbus 320 and 380, in its facilities.
Al-Khatib witnessed the signing of several agreements between AACC, represented by Al-Eid, and Saudi Arabian Airlines, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia and the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries.
The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines, represented by its Director General Saleh Al-Jasser.
It also signed an agreement with BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, represented by Khalid Al-Otaibi, vice president for localization, for the localization of Typhoon and PC-21 hydraulic systems jobs.
The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, represented by Mohammed Bahamaidan, vice president for the military sector.