Saudi-Ukrainian Antonov aircraft attracts armed forces at Dubai Airshow

Saudi-Ukrainian Antonov AN-132 aircraft on display at the Dubai Airshow 2017.
Updated 13 November 2017

Saudi-Ukrainian Antonov aircraft attracts armed forces at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI: The Dubai Airshow 2017 features the official appearance of the Antonov (AN-132) aircraft, which was manufactured and developed by the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Taqnia Aeronautics Co. and Ukraine’s Antonov.
The aircraft is among 160 of the latest commercial, business and military aircrafts.
The airshow was opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, on Sunday.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ayash visited the Saudi-Ukrainian Antonov AN-132 aircraft and was briefed on its participation at the airshow by Mohammed Ayesh, director of transport aircraft management at Taqnia.
The participation of this aircraft in the show is an important step to help promote the aircraft locally, regionally and globally.
The Antonov AN-132 is used in military transport including individuals and equipment, as well as the transfer of electronic warfare equipment and limited aerial sniping.
The Saudi-Ukrainian aircraft, with its multiple functions and light weight, has the capacity to fly 28,000 feet with a load of 9.2 tons and a distance of at least 2,200 km. It can travel more than 4,500 km without a load and at a speed of 550 km per hour.
This is the second participation of the Antonov aircraft at an air show: it participated in Paris Airshow 2017.
Several branches of the armed forces in some countries expressed their interest in more information about the aircraft for purchasing purposes.
The Dubai Airshow 2017, which is being held at Dubai World Central, is one of the world’s major aviation fairs. It serves as a platform for new trends and discussions of issues that will help develop the aviation industry in the Middle East.
It hosts 1,200 exhibitors specialized in civil and military aviation.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.