Makkah accident dead laid to rest

Updated 16 September 2015
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Makkah accident dead laid to rest

JEDDAH: The morgue in Mina has begun releasing the bodies of the victims of Friday’s crane crash tragedy, with those conclusively identified by their relatives and consulates buried at a local graveyard on Monday.
“The funeral prayers for 10 of the 11 Indian victims were held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after Isha prayer,” said Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak.
Of the two Britons who died in the accident, one, Qasim Akram, from Bolton, was buried in Makkah after Fajr on Monday, said British Consul General Mohammed Shokat.
The second confirmed victim from the United Kingdom, Kamran Khan from Slough, is yet to be buried because his relatives are expected to arrive from their home country.
Meanwhile, Turkey has confirmed that eight of its nationals died in the accident. Ekrem Keles, vice president of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, said the bodies of the Turkish pilgrims would be buried in the holy land as requested by their families.
The Egyptian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Afifi Abdul Wahab, said the Egyptian victims can either be buried in Makkah or their bodies sent back to their relatives if this request was made.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.