KAUST vice president receives prestigious award

Donal Bradley
Updated 09 October 2019

KAUST vice president receives prestigious award

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Materials Physics and Device Engineering, Donal Bradley was honored recently by the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) for achievements in advanced materials science. Bradley received the 2019 Jan Czochralski Award in a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, also delivering a plenary lecture titled “Tuning Conjugated Polymer Electronic and Optical Properties via Physical Structure and Environment” as Czochralski laureate.

The Czochralski Award is given in honor of world-renowned chemist Jan Czochralski, whose research led to the growth of large-volume single-crystal silicon boules — a foundational technology for the modern-day semiconductor industry, yielding the vast majority of the computer processors we use today.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by this award,” Bradley said. “Jan Czochralski is Poland’s most highly cited academic, and the inventor of a process that has had a profound impact, not only on science, but on computing in general and also the way we communicate as human beings. To be honored in his name is a wonderful privilege.”

“This award adds to the list of impressive acknowledgements for Dr. Bradley on the global stage, and we are proud that he accepted this award as a member of the KAUST leadership team,” KAUST President Tony Chan said.


Almosafer unveils ‘Winter at Tantora’ packages

Updated 23 October 2019

Almosafer unveils ‘Winter at Tantora’ packages

With preparations in full swing for the second edition of Winter at Tantora, Almosafer, the flagship brand of Seera Group’s consumer travel business unit, has announced a host of event packages especially designed for fans preparing to attend the second season between Dec. 19 and March 7, 2020.

Winter At Tantora is coming back to the historic site of AlUla, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, and will feature a rich calendar of weekly cultural events, equine and events, celebrity performances by some of the world’s greatest musicians. This year, the global event will be supported by Seera Group, a provider of travel and tourism services, which has been appointed as the key destination management company (DMC) to offer travel bookings, hotel stays, car rentals and added-value experiences for guests from around the world.

Almosafer, an omni-channel travel brand in Saudi Arabia, will market “Winter at Tantora” extensively across social media and other communication channels and offer visitors an extensive range of package options including accommodation, flights, transportation and ancillary services for both weekend visits or one-day options. Visitors are also offered one-on-one personal consultation with travel advisers across Almosafer’s retail network in the Kingdom.

Travelers will get to choose between three different package category options — Gold, Platinum and Diamond — which include return flights, hotel accommodation, as well as airport transfers and a visit to AlUla heritage sites. The event packages also differ depending on the length of stay. Festival goers can either opt for a one-day weekend package or extended stay, depending on the number of concerts and activities they would like to experience at Winter at Tantora.

To enhance their itinerary, travelers can complement their standard packages with additional activity bundles that offer a variety of bucket-list activities such as: Sunset and sunrise hot air balloon rides, vintage aircraft flights, as well as several unique gastronomy experiences. 

Winter at Tantora will bring 12 weekends of wonder to the AlUla oasis, inspired by its spectacular scenery. Home to archaeological treasures, natural beauty and magnificent monuments that span millennia, AlUla is set on the ancient incense route between Southern Arabia and Egypt. It became a hub of commercial and cultural exchange because a lush oasis valley ran through it, creating an ideal environment for civilizations to flourish.

Providing hotel booking options for over 1.5 million properties around the globe, flight bookings on over 450 airlines and complete holiday packages, Almosafer boasts various convenienat booking solutions for any type of travel needs.