New King Abdul Aziz International Airport ‘will revive aviation sector’

Updated 20 December 2014
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New King Abdul Aziz International Airport ‘will revive aviation sector’

Once completed, the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport would attract passengers between Europe and Asia, an official from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said recently.
“Construction at the new airport will be completed soon. It will attract the most extensive transit aviation traffic between Europe and Asia,” said Khaled Al-Khaibari, spokesman for GACA.
The new facility includes a hotel with 120 rooms for transit passengers. “The airport should serve as a hub linking the East and West, and also for those transit passengers who wish to perform Umrah.”
“Other hotels will be established in the commercial area adjacent to the main airport hotel,” said Al-Khaibari. The airport would include 54 open waiting lounges that would offer more flexibility for passenger movement.
He said more facilities offered by the airport would help increase the number and frequency of transit flights. GACA is also working on completing a new strategy for 2020, to boost and improve air transportation in the Kingdom.
It aims to bring about a quantum leap in the Saudi air transportation sector by implementing development programs, building new airports and enhancing the overall capacity of facilities, said Al-Khaibari.
The strategy involves other development programs at 27 regional and domestic airports in the country, to increase capacity to more than 100 million passengers by 2020.
As for the new airport, the first phase of the plan would raise its capacity to 30 million passengers a year, 43 million in the second phase, and 80 million in the third and final phase.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.