Saudi, Russian ministers discuss OPEC+ deal cooperation

Russian energy ministry says Moscow and Riyadh discussed cooperation within the framework of OPEC+ deal. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 June 2019

Saudi, Russian ministers discuss OPEC+ deal cooperation

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak discussed cooperation in a global pact between OPEC and non-OPEC states on reducing oil supplies, the Russian Energy Ministry said on Friday.
It provided no further details of the discussions about the pact between the group of oil producers that are known as OPEC+. 

Meanwhile, Russia is cutting its oil output in June by slightly more than envisaged in a deal between OPEC and non-OPEC oil exporters, RIA news agency cited Novak as saying on Friday.
Novak said Russian daily output now stood at 228,000 barrels, in line with the deal, but production had been below the required level at the beginning of the month, RIA reported.


Saudi female student pilot aims high with flying ambitions

Updated 19 November 2019

Saudi female student pilot aims high with flying ambitions

  • Amirah Al-Saif is among the first batch of 49 female students

DUBAI: Saudi women aiming to emulate Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s feat, the Kingdom’s first female commercial pilot, now have that opportunity as Oxford Aviation Academy has opened its doors for them to take flying lessons and earn their licenses.

One those women raring to earn her pilot wings is 19-year-old Amirah Al-Saif, who enrolled in the aviation academy to fulfill her dream of flying for the Kingdom’s national carrier Saudi Airlines (Saudia).

“They have been very supportive of us females,” Al-Saif, who hails from Riyadh, told Arab News at the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow, when asked about her experience at the academy.

Al-Saif is among the first batch of 49 female students, with six of them already in ground school, expected to receive their licenses by the start of 2021 after a grueling course that requires them to first learn English, Mathematics, Physics and other basic knowledge subjects.

She is also the first in the family to have an interest in the aviation industry.

Student pilot Amirah Al-Saif, right, who hails from Riyadh, is the first in the family to have an interest in the aviation industry. (Supplied)

Those who pass the foundation program can then move on to ground school for practical lessons and ideally graduate in two years with three licenses: the Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot License.

Al-Saif considers herself lucky since she was not constrained take courses abroad for her pilot training, unlike Al-Maimani who had to leave the Kingdom to receive her license, as well as wait for a long time before being eventually hired by Nesma Airlines.

The flying school is located at the King Fahd International Airport in Dammam and is an authorized branch of Oxford Aviation Academy based in the UK.

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