d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November
The festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on Nov. 11.
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Updated 10 August 2020

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Dubai Design District (d3) will host the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter), establishing the emirate’s first platform to showcase regional architecture, urbanism and sustainable development.

The inaugural edition of the festival is set to run from Nov. 11 to 13 on the sidelines of Dubai Design Week, held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

Curated with Juan Roldan, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, under the theme “Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf,” the festival will celebrate the achievements of architecture companies in d3, Dubai and the wider GCC region.

Showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks to steer the Middle East toward a more sustainable future, and invite designers, architects and the general public to participate in daily charrettes. Dubai’s first architecture festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on Nov. 11.

Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of d3, said: “Dubai has long been known as an architectural playground and the emirate’s limitless ambition has found expression in its ever-evolving skyline. As we carry on the process of rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 world, our relationship with the built and natural world has never been more important.

“In line with this priority, and recognizing that d3 has become a hub for the Middle East’s architecture community, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter. While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, it will also provide opportunities for new talent and bring the design community together to champion Dubai and the UAE as a hub for knowledge, creativity and innovation.”

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Managing Partner of AMA Andy Shaw added: “The exhibition will feature models, drawings and projects from the most exciting architects working in the Gulf, such as Binchy and Binchy and Anarchitect who are founded by RIBA members. This event is a celebration of what has been achieved by architects in the region and, more importantly, what is to come from the emerging generation of local companies and graduating students.”


SAEI, PSAA partner with Spartan KSA for aircraft training

SAEI, PSAA partner with Spartan KSA for aircraft training
The MoU was signed by Ali Ashban, CEO of SAEI; Captain Ismael Alkoshy, MD of the PSAA; and Peter Harris, CEO of Spartan KSA; in the presence of Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of Saudia.
Updated 24 January 2021

SAEI, PSAA partner with Spartan KSA for aircraft training

SAEI, PSAA partner with Spartan KSA for aircraft training

Two subsidiaries from Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation — Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) — have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spartan KSA LCC, at the Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) headquarters in Jeddah.
The scope of the agreement with Spartan will meet the growing demand for aircraft training programs within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, it will facilitate SAEI to expand the training services offered to include aspects of aircraft maintenance and aviation repair in airport terminals where Saudi Arabian Airlines operates.
The cooperation between the three organizations further enhances the leadership role of the PSAA in the aviation technical training industry and supports SAEI’s aircraft maintenance training programs.
The training services related to this MoU will be carried out by the PSAA. The aviation academy has been in operation for more than 60 years and provides extensive advanced training expertise in aviation to several air carriers in the Kingdom as well as regional and international airline operators.
Spartan will also provide advisory services in connection with the operations of the PSAA.
The agreement was signed by Ali Ashban, chief executive officer of SAEI; Captain Ismael Alkoshy, managing director of the PSAA; and Peter Harris, chief executive officer of Spartan KSA; in the presence of Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of Saudia.

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The scope of the agreement with Spartan will meet the growing demand for aircraft training programs within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Prince Sultan Aviation Academy is the largest aviation training complex in Saudi Arabia. PSAA became a strategic business unit (SBU) of Saudia in 2010 that provides professional aviation advanced training to regional and global commercial air carriers. PSAA has the latest flight training equipment including full-flight simulators, fixed-training devices, computer-based training work stations/ classrooms, cabin emergency evacuation trainers and door trainers.
PSAA operates A320–200, B777–200, B777-300, A330/A340, B747–400, and B787-9 simulators, covering some of the most widely operated fleet types in the world, fitted to industry-leading specifications that permit training on most variants and sub-types.
Meanwhile, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries is a world-class full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organization, the leading MRO in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest and most experienced MROs in the Middle East and North Africa region. SAEI is wholly owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines Holding. SAEI’s headquarters and main base is located at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
Spartan KSA was established to provide aviation training expertise and services to organizations in Saudi Arabia. Spartan KSA is an affiliate of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, which has provided training in the US since 1928 to more than 100,000 pilots and technicians from more than 60 countries, including Saudi Arabia. Spartan College operates from campuses in Oklahoma, California and Colorado. Spartan Global Aviation Training is the parent company of Spartan KSA and Spartan Iraq.