80 students graduate from King Faisal Air Academy

80 students graduate from King Faisal Air Academy
Updated 05 February 2014

80 students graduate from King Faisal Air Academy

80 students graduate from King Faisal Air Academy

Eighty students at King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh graduated on Tuesday at an event sponsored by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.
The prince was accompanied by Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier, Prince Salman bin Sultan, deputy defense minister, Gen. Hussein Al-Qubail, chief of staff, and other officials including Lt. Gen. Fayyad Ruwaili, air force commander; Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Hamad, a pilot and commander at the academy.
In a speech, Al-Hamad said the students had graduated academically and militarily and praised their performance. Abdul Aziz Ahmad Al-Fawzan, a graduate who spoke on behalf of the students, thanked Prince Salman for providing them the support and training to take up posts in the military.
Prince Salman handed out prizes to the students and a group of Green Hawks aircraft flew in formation over the area.


Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
Updated 4 min 12 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
  • Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment
  • She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will “soon” be appointing women as court judges, an official said, in continued social reforms over the past years.
Hind al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, said a “Saudi woman assuming a position of judge is very soon. There are initiatives on several levels.”
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment, particularly in allowing women to participate in diverse fields.
She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights, particularly noting Saudi women’s participation in the Kingdom’s labor market has exceeded expectations.
Their participation rate today has reached 31 percent, and this is a very big progress. As for the civil service sectors, the Saudi women's participation rate has increased from 39 percent to 41 percent, and most of them are in the education and health sectors in addition to other sectors,” al-Zahid said.