Prince Sultan bin Salman: Aviation is ‘not just a hobby for me, but a lifelong passion’

World Air Sports Federation President Frits Brink honors SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman in Luxor, Egypt on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2018

Prince Sultan bin Salman: Aviation is ‘not just a hobby for me, but a lifelong passion’

  • This accolade is a tribute to all those who have supported aviation in the Kingdom: Prince sultan
  • Prince Sultan also highlighted the deep ties between the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia and Egypt

JEDDAH: The World Air Sports Federation honored Prince Sultan bin Salman at its General Assembly in Luxor, Egypt on Friday.

Prince Sultan, who is the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), was honored for being the first Arab astronaut, and for his work with the Saudi Aviation Club, which he founded. 

“This accolade is a tribute to all those who have supported aviation in the Kingdom, foremost King Salman who has given his unwavering support to the Saudi Aviation Club since its inception,” said Prince Sultan. 

“This is a tribute not only for me, but also for everyone who positively influenced my life, whether my family, my trainers or whoever worked with me in the aviation field.

“Aviation is not just a hobby for me, but a lifelong passion,” he continued. 

Prince Sultan stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of aviation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the near future. “The aviation field, whether commercial or general aviation, is now a considerable economic sector worldwide,” he said.

Prince Sultan also highlighted the deep ties between the leadership and people of the two countries, citing Egypt’s contribution to the construction and planning of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

He also noted that the two countries are increasing cooperation in tourism and heritage too, explaining that the Riyadh National Museum will host the Egyptian Islamic Museum within the next six months. Egypt will also host the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition of Saudi archaeological masterpieces in late 2019. 

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass has also agreed to form a joint Egyptian-Saudi team to carry out excavation work in the Kingdom and to train Saudi nationals to restore monuments. Prince Sultan noted that Egypt is one of the most prominent countries in this field. 

“We are working with the Egyptians in the restoration of an architectural heritage building, the results of which will be announced during an archaeological forum that take place soon at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo,” said Prince Sultan.


Saudi Arabia’s Alkhobar becomes international role model for business continuity

Sultan Al-Zaidi (L) and Fahad Al-Jubeir.
Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Alkhobar becomes international role model for business continuity

  • Alkhobar has pushed for a paperless municipality and emphasized the introduction of online services for residents

JEDDAH: Alkhobar municipality, along with Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company Siemens, has been hailed as a role model for management excellence and business continuity.
The municipality has been awarded international certification for its excellence in managing crises and risks under difficult circumstances, in recognition of its administrative achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quality Austria (QA) awarded Alkhobar Municipality and Siemens with ISO 22301 and ISO 9001 certificates, which are concerned with business continuity management, especially during the pandemic.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent and nongovernmental body. Its standards are internationally agreed by experts and are seen as the best way of doing something.
Alkhobar has pushed for a paperless municipality and emphasized the introduction of online services for residents.
Its mayor, Sultan bin Hamid Al-Zaidi, said that the municipality’s ISO achievement was in line with achieving the goals of the Eastern Province municipality. He added that the aim was to make Alkhobar a distinguished city, like other places in the province.
The Mayor of the Eastern Province, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Jubeir, said that municipalities were keen to implement the most advanced administrative systems and provide the best services to beneficiaries.
“This comes in line with the objectives of municipal transformation, part of the National Transformation Program 2020 of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan which states that the Kingdom, with its outputs and services, should provide an international role model of quality and mastery, and raise the level of services provided by services and economic development agencies and enterprises,” Al-Jubeir told Arab News.

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Business continuity was primarily done through strategic planning and taking into account the different local factors and needs of provinces and municipalities.

He added that the municipality had launched initiatives and programs seeking to make the Eastern Province and its governorates pioneers in administrative and service qualities, as well as improving public services.
According to QA’s regional manager, Dr. Mohamed Hassan, business continuity was primarily done through strategic planning and taking into account the different local factors and needs of provinces and municipalities.
“These instructions are then transformed into applicable programs and strategies at the amana (provincial government) level,” he wrote in an article. “Since the Eastern Province is, in this respect, the leading province in the Kingdom, the guidelines are finalized in consultation with the EP’s mayor, Fahad Al-Jubeir.”
The article gave examples of Alkhobar’s strategic emergency plans and said it had made arrangements with companies such as Al-Yamama for the prevention of damage from flash floods or storms.
It added that other public contractors, such as Nabatat, ensured that green spaces and parks in the city remained relaxing destinations for people, even on exceptionally hot summer days.
“A successful example of service digitization is the Balady software, which makes all municipality services available to citizens online. Moreover, the Balagat software offers a service in which complaints and suggestions from citizens can be reported and followed up online,” the article said. “If a complaint is not solved within 24 hours, it is automatically forwarded to the mayor of the Eastern Province, Al-Jubeir.”
The ministry’s foresight in initiating plans and preparations, the online software systems used and the high-quality standards in the municipality all helped in increasing the effectiveness of the business continuity management system.