16 students to join drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah

The DRL and accompanying training program are being held for the first time as joint events. (Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2018

16 students to join drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah

  • Hosting DRL2018 will also grant Saudi youth the opportunity to meet and encounter the sport’s top competitors

JEDDAH: Sixteen students will participate in drone sport training courses at King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah province, from Sept. 12 to 14.
The training courses, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Drone Racing League (DRL) finals, will be run by leading engineers and programmers.
The courses will focus on drone sports and their future role in changing traditional speed-racing concepts. They will also explain the mechanics of manufacturing and building a prototype drone aircraft, and how to install, program and use autopilot to follow the movement of drones in the field.
The DRL and accompanying training program are being held for the first time as joint events. This reflects the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to implement the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Hosting DRL2018 will also grant Saudi youth the opportunity to meet and encounter the sport’s top competitors, as well as attending training sessions in how to control drones using augmented-reality technology.
The upcoming event will be the third edition of DRL and will witness the participation of professionals from the US, Germany, France and Holland.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.