Riyadh-bound Filipino held in Manila over bomb scare

Updated 11 August 2015
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Riyadh-bound Filipino held in Manila over bomb scare

RIYADH: A 50-year-old Filipino scheduled to fly to Riyadh was arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila, following a bomb scare.
The Filipino named Daisy David Medallon was about to board Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR654 bound for Riyadh at the NAIA Terminal 2 when she was apprehended by police on Sunday.
“The flight, however, landed on time in Riyadh,” said Julieto Quirante, a PAL supervisor stationed in Riyadh. Quirante, who was not aware of the whole hoax bomb episode, said that he would find out more details of the incident. But, Philippines’ Director of Aviation Security Group Chief Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas confirmed the arrest.
Balagtas said during the check-in procedures, David was advised by Janette Murata who was manning the counter, to remove some of her stuff due to excess baggage. But, she reluctantly responded to the request to show the baggage, saying that “she had a bomb, which can blow up the plane.”
She did not realize that cracking a bomb joke inside an airport terminal is a criminal offense.
According to reports, David was supposed to board PAL Flight PR654 on Saturday to visit her husband in Saudi Arabia, But now, she is facing a five-year jail term if convicted, and a hefty fine or both. Making any threat concerning bombs, explosives or similar devices or means of destruction is a major violation of aviation rules where the airport is located.
This is not first time that such a nasty incident created a scene at the airport or on board a mid-air plane. In an incident recently, a Saudia Boeing 777 carrying 287 passengers made an emergency landing in Cairo airport after its captain received a bomb threat. But, the investigators found no bomb on board.
In another hoax bomb incident, a Qatar Airways plane was escorted into Manchester airport by a military jet when a man aboard who was arrested made a bomb threat.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.