No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authority

No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authority
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Updated 22 July 2020

No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authority

No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authority

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority has said there is still no specific date for the return of international flights in Saudi Arabia.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA) tweeted the announcement on Wednesday morning.
GACA “stressed that there is no specific date yet for the resumption of international flights; the decision will be taken based on the evaluation of the Saudi competent authorities. GACA urges everyone to take information updates solely from official sources,” said the Tweet in Arabic.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights in mid-March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Since then, the country has emerged from a strict lockdown and travel restrictions between cities have been eased. In June, domestic air travel saw 750,000 passengers transit through Saudi airports.
On Tuesday, 34 new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the Kingdom bringing the death toll to 2,557.
 


Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
  • The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

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• Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

• A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”