Prince Sultan Aviation Academy to be an international training center

Updated 19 January 2013

Prince Sultan Aviation Academy to be an international training center

Saudi Arabian Airlines plans to upgrade the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy to the status of a specialized international training center.
“As its privatization program progresses, the academy will be converted to a new status capable of offering wide-ranging training programs, not only to cater to the needs of the Kingdom but also receive trainees from regional and international airline companies,” said Assistant Executive Director General of Public Relations Abdullah Al-Ajhar in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency yesterday.
Al-Ajhar said the privatization of the Saudi Airlines Cargo, Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering and Saudi Ground Services Company has been completed.
“During the year the privatization of the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries will be completed. It will be followed by privatization of other strategic units in collaboration with its strategic partners,” he added.
Capt. Talal Ageel, chief of the strategic unit of the academy, said the academy is playing the vital role of preparing and training flight navigators, cabin crew and officials of the airline's operations with advanced training techniques with the aim of Saudization of the airlines and achieving self-sufficiency in its staff.
He added that the academy offered training to workers of other airline companies as well on the ground and also using simulators.
“All academy’s training programs are designed in keeping with the regulations of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation.
As its programs fully adhere to international aviation standards, the academy has won international licensing from Boeing and Airbus companies,” he said.
He said the academy, which offered training to 80,802 employees in 199,038 hours over the past five years, is also regarded as an advanced aeronautic training center in the world.
The academy was founded in 2004 in Jeddah. Its programs include flight crew ground training, flight safety training, flight training support services, aviation support services, flight operations performance engineering, flight operations manuals and publications and basic flight training.
The academy was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 in recognition of its leading work in the world of aviation.
The Academy is also closely associated with international organizations such as IATA and AACO.

Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

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Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors to Madinah have high on their list of “must-sees.” It is connected to the Battle of the Trench, which took place during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque is located in the trench northwest of Madinah where the events of the Battle of the Trench took place.

A few years ago Saudi Arabian authorities expanded the mosque. It is built in a modern architectural style that highlights the aesthetic value of the area and the value of the trench, which is situated at the foot of Jabal Sal’a mountain.

Madinah’s battle of the trenches marked the consolidation of the Prophet’s tenure when he was faced with an attack on Madinah made by an alliance of Jewish and non-Muslim Arab tribes to unseat him.

The digging of the trench around the city saved the day and denied the effective use of cavalry in storming the city by 10,000 attackers who besieged Madinah for more than 30 days.

The Saudi Press Agency recently captured the daily influx of visitors to Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos show activity in Al-Khandaq Mosque and seven other mosques in its vicinity. The photographs are a reportage of activities ranging from praying and sightseeing to learning about the mosque’s history, and help put them into the context of the role played by the mosque and the city in spreading the values of Islam and its religious message.