Saudia to set up inflight service academy

Updated 10 December 2012
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Saudia to set up inflight service academy

Saudi Arabian Airlines will establish an inflight service academy in the third quarter of 2013 as part of its efforts to improve customer services, said Khaled Al-Molhem, its director general.
Speaking at the graduation of 50 new flight attendance yesterday, he stressed the airline’s plan to provide continuous training to its flight attendants.
Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and chairman of Saudia, distributed certificates to the graduates.
Apart from Al-Molhem, senior Saudia executives and prominent industry leaders attended the ceremony in addition to relatives of graduates.
“The advanced training for flight attendants is a new program offered by Saudia to train and employ young Saudis,” said Abdullah Al-Ajhar, executive vice president for public relations.
He said the training was given for seven months, adding that the program was aimed at improving Saudia’s in-flight services.
“Saudia’s top management has approved a number of advanced training programs for its various sectors,” Al-Ajhar said.
This is the first group of 50 graduates completing the training program, adding that they were selected for training after personal interviews and assessing their English language speaking capabilities.
The course included English language studies, time management, communication skills, group work and interaction with others. The trainees were informed about the airline’s strategic sectors, globally followed best practices in in-flight services, and aviation terminologies that are used at international level.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”