Saudia launches first flight to Irbil on Monday

Saudia will launch the first direct flight to Irbil on Monday, its second destination in Iraq after Baghdad. (Boeing)
Updated 30 September 2018

Saudia launches first flight to Irbil on Monday

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, is to launch the first direct flight to Irbil on Monday — its second destination in Iraq after the capital Baghdad — and is set to operate six regular weekly round-trip flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
The first flight to Irbil, SV0625, will depart King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah at 6 a.m. and is set to arrive at 9 a.m.
A special platform and a team of representatives from all operational sectors will launch the operation at the Jeddah airport and celebrate the flight.
At Irbil International Airport, a reception ceremony will be held upon the arrival of Saudia’s first flight to the city, in addition to a celebration for passengers departing on the return trip.
The first flight from Irbil to Jeddah, SV0624, is set to depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at King Abdul Aziz International Airport at 1:10 p.m.
Operating direct flights between Jeddah and Irbil aims to serve a wide range of passengers, especially pilgrims, tourists, and businessmen, in addition to offering investment opportunities and tourism programs.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.