Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation wins membership of Global Aviation Training Office

The academy’s new achievement came after it was voted into the office by 40 out of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 91 members with voting rights.
Updated 15 April 2017

Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation wins membership of Global Aviation Training Office

The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, a subsidiary of the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has won membership of the Global Aviation Training Office.
The academy’s new achievement came after it was voted into the office by 40 out of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 91 members with voting rights.
Naeem Al-Shabanah, assistant to the president of the Authority for Central Services, praised and congratulated the academy for its achievement.
“We are proud of this unprecedented win of the academy’s rightful place in the ICAO’s Global Aviation Training Office,” he said. “This victory is an acknowledgement of the Kingdom’s contributions to aviation safety and its status in the global civil aviation arena in general, and of the world class level of the professionals who graduate from the academy.”
Al-Shabanah added that with this win the academy has achieved its strategic objective of gaining sustained global recognition.
Fahd Al-Harbi, president of the academy, said: “I cannot describe how happy I am to see the academy succeed in making such remarkable achievements.
“After having won no less than six international accreditations and partnerships, now we’ve secured membership of the ICAO’s Global Aviation Training Office, which goes to show the level of confidence the organization and its member states have in our highly trained graduates.
“Being among the 14 members of the office places upon us a great responsibility to uprate specialized training all over the world, which is the academy’s way of claiming its stake in the world of aviation, thanks to the world-class capabilities and personnel.”
He also said the academy would not have gained such high status without the policies set by its management. He said that the academy’s work under ICAO’s umbrella will go a long way to achieving all of its strategic goals, especially at a time of multiple changes and huge expansion in the aviation sector.
“I would like to thank the academy’s entire staff of trainers, developers and administrators for their team spirit and relentless hard work that has garnered us these outstanding achievements,” Al-Harbi added.
The ICAO’s Global Aviation Training Office, with 14 full-membership states, is a consultancy concerned with the long-term strategic development of the Advanced Aviation Training Program. It discusses and makes decisions on membership, and develops and circulates training portfolios among member states.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 8 min 37 sec ago

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.