Saudi authorities deny rumors plane landed on busy highway during sandstorm

Authorities said the incident happened inside the Jeddah's airport. (Social media)
Updated 14 February 2018

Saudi authorities deny rumors plane landed on busy highway during sandstorm

JEDDAH: Saudi authorities have denied rumors on social media of an airplane landing on a busy highway due to adverse weather conditions.
The video showed a plane racing through a powerful sandstorm in Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia, with vehicles speeding next to the aircraft.
Social media users alleged the plane had landed on the busy Jeddah-Makkah highway during the sandstorm.
However, the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) denied the accuracy of the video saying it had been filmed inside Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on September 2015 amidst a sandstorm and the cars near the aircraft belonged to the airport's executive office.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.