Saudia named world’s ‘Most Improved Airline’

Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser received the award at the Skytrax ceremony.
Updated 25 June 2017

Saudia named world’s ‘Most Improved Airline’

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has been named the “Most Improved Airline” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017 ceremony. The event took place on Tuesday at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France.
The airline achieved the highest upward rating improvement across the different survey categories.
In the main survey, Saudia moved close to the top-50 airlines, and the airline was placed fifth in the Middle East staff service category.
Saudia’s global ranking now stands at 51st worldwide, an improvement of 40 percent in a single year (the airline was ranked 82nd and 84th in 2016 and 2015, respectively).
Saudi Arabian Airlines Dir. Gen. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser received the award at the Skytrax ceremony.
He said: “It is an honor to be here to receive this award on behalf of the entire Saudia team which has demonstrated exceptional commitment to build on Saudia’s strong aviation history as one of the founding air transport carriers in the Middle East. “As part of the airline’s SV2020 Strategy & Transformation Plan, Saudia has invested in new aircraft, product innovation and service enhancements with a single purpose — to provide all of our guests with the highest level of hospitality and comfort in the skies,” Al-Jasser added.
Previously, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Best Economy Class Seat,” along with the “World’s Best First Class Amenity Kit” at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. In that same year, Skytrax upgraded Saudia’s rating from a three-star to a four-star carrier.
Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, said: “Saudia had an extremely good year in the 2017 awards survey and improved its global standing across several different survey areas. Whether first, business or economy class, passengers clearly saw tangible upgrades to the product and service quality, and staff at Saudia should be very proud of this fantastic achievement.”


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

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.