Saudi carrier Flynas cruises to more glory at Skytrax awards ceremony in Paris

Flynas was given the honors during the Skytrax World-Airline Awards ceremony, held in Paris on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. (Supplied/Flynas)
Updated 19 June 2019

Saudi carrier Flynas cruises to more glory at Skytrax awards ceremony in Paris

RIYADH: Saudi carrier Flynas recently won two Skytrax awards; one for the Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East for the third consecutive year and one for the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
The airline was given the honors during the Skytrax World-Airline Awards ceremony, held in Paris on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.
Bander Al-Mohanna, Flynas’ CEO, said: “These awards are a remarkable national achievement for our beloved Kingdom in the aviation sector. We pride ourselves on our professional staff who are constantly contributing toward the development of the air transport industry through seeking excellence and leadership.”
Al-Mohanna also noted that the awards will be added the numerous achievements Flynas has racked up as a result of the confidence and continuous support granted by its guests, in addition to its professional staff who work tirelessly to realize the targets of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 regarding increasing the number of tourists.
He said: “We are constantly working to add new destinations that meet our passengers’ travel needs, create new markets, provide competitive options, and offer an opportunity to learn about multiple cultures. These efforts have enabled us to achieve such prestigious international awards, in addition to fulfilling our objective to continuously develop and maintain our leading role within the Middle East’s economic aviation market.”
Al-Mohanna stressed that winning the Skytrax award for the third consecutive year reaffirms Flynas’ position in the economic aviation industry, as the winners are selected based on annual votes and surveys conducted by Skytrax over months. This survey is the largest survey of passenger satisfaction in the world, and Skytrax announces the winners based on its results. The Best Airline Award is awarded based on an assessment of customer satisfaction with the products and service standards offered by the airline’s team, including the cabin crew and the airport staff.
He also pointed out that winning the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East award is an affirmation of the employees’ relationship with their company, their confidence in its management, the brand’s position and its strength, as well as its highly productive environment. This award also confirms the precision of the approach adopted by Flynas in the ongoing training programs to support and develop the work environment, which aims at increasing the passengers’ satisfaction rate.
On the reasons and factors of Flynas’ success, Al-Mohanna stressed that Flynas’ localization strategy has had a significant impact on achieving the company’s objectives, as it created several programs to support localization, most notably the “Future Pilots” program which trained more than 200 Saudi pilots, the “Flight Attendants” program, and “Your Job and Your Scholarship” program.
The “Skytrax” award is a global standard for excellence among airlines. The winners are selected based on votes and surveys conducted by Skytrax over a 10-month period to rate quality and standards across 41 key performance indicators related to services and products offered by airlines.


A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

Some of the projects at Global Grad Show held last week in Dubai correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Updated 19 November 2019

A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

A one-of-a-kind exhibition, showcasing graduate projects from more than 100 universities from 43 countries, in the fields of design, science, technology and engineering, was held last week in Dubai.
Held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, Global Grad Show opened its 5th and most diverse edition to date on Nov. 12 and ran until Nov. 16.
New entrants include established names such as Columbia University, Goldsmiths and the University of Pennsylvania, alongside leading universities from countries participating for the first time, including Colombia, Kuwait and the Philippines.
Global Grad Show is a significant component of Dubai Design Week, which is held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Earlier this year, Global Grad Show was named as a key initiative under the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s plan to evolve Dubai into a global hub for culture and innovation.
Sheikha Latifa said: “This initiative is at the heart of Dubai’s vision to create a brighter future for all people through progress and innovation. Global Grad Show is a call to action for government and private entities to revisit their challenges and needs in response to current socioeconomic issues. I encourage all entities to engage with the students and collaborate to bring their ideas to life.”

HIGHLIGHT

This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.

Mohammed I. Al-Shaibani, executive director and chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai, said: “With each year of Investment Corporation of Dubai’s participation at Global Grad Show, we have witnessed ever greater enthusiasm and interest from the international cultural, creative, and intellectual communities. This reception is a true endorsement to the calibre that the Global Grad Show has developed over its five years.”
Under the curation of Eleanor Watson, Global Grad Show explores how innovation can impact our lives through different spheres: The Human, The Home, The Community, The City and The Planet. Some of the projects correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Ranging from high-tech to low-tech solutions, highlight projects in the 2019 exhibition include: “Swiv,” a toothbrush for children with cognitive disabilities, allowing them to clean their teeth with a single physical motion; “Jarvis,” a mixed reality headset, enabling doctors to accurately measure the brain’s response to distractions or activities when conducting cognitive tests for severe head trauma, pharmaceutical efficacy and ADHD; and “Ro-Biotics,” a microscopic robot created from 4D printed materials to be ingested in the place of an antibiotic, which captures infections in the blood stream.
This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.