Wajdi bin Mohammed Al-Ghabban, CEO of the Saudi Airlines Catering Co.

Wajdi bin Mohammed Al-Ghabban
Updated 01 September 2019

Wajdi bin Mohammed Al-Ghabban, CEO of the Saudi Airlines Catering Co.

Wajdi bin Mohammed Al-Ghabban has been CEO of the Saudi Airlines Catering Co. (SACC) since 2015.

On Thursday, the SACC inaugurated the first day care center in the catering unit at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. 

The center, which will accommodate female employees’ children, was inaugurated by Al-Ghabban.

“We made sure to establish a day care center with international standards to provide a safe environment for the employees’ children,” he said.

“The center is managed by a specialized team that was carefully trained to provide all the needs of children and infants. The fewer distractions, the more engaged and productive my fellow colleagues will be.”

One of the SACC’s “strategic principles” is “supporting women, in line with the Saudi leadership’s directions,” he said.

Al-Ghabban received his master’s in business administration from Robert Kennedy College in 2013.

His career with the SACC began in 1988, and spans more than three decades. Al-Ghabban is a member of the Gulf Airline Catering Working Group and the International Flight Services Association.

He is an expert in the airline and non-airline catering fields. He is interested in software development for airline catering, catering unit project design and execution, real estate development, budgeting and contract negotiations.

The SACC was established in 1981 to provide catering and similar support services to domestic and foreign airlines to and from Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 15 min 56 sec ago

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.


GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”