Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership
Adrian Hamilton-Manns, CEO of SalamAir.
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Updated 12 June 2024
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Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air and SalamAir’s leadership met recently to mark the launch of the airlines’ latest codeshare partnership, which offers passengers an expanded range of travel options within Oman and beyond. During the meeting, the airlines discussed their future prospects as national carriers and their common commitment to supporting the country’s tourism goals as part of Oman’s 2040 Vision.

“We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Oman Air,” said Adrian Hamilton-Manns, CEO of SalamAir.

Con Korfiatis, CEO of Oman Air, said: “This latest development enables us to jointly offer even more choice and schedule options, which both benefit our customers and serve the broader tourism ambitions of the country.”


Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany
Updated 16 July 2024
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Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Sarah Alhabbas, the first graduate of Serco’s Space Graduate Program, was invited on Thursday to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Germany to meet with Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to Germany. The invitation was in recognition of her remarkable progress within a sector pitted to be instrumental in the achievement of Vision 2030. During the meeting, Alhabbas discussed how her experience with Serco can be an inspiration to the next generation of Saudi talent.

Alhabbas, currently working in Serco’s Copernicus Operations Support Services or COP-2, with the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany as part of her intensive training program, was joined at this special event by Serco Middle East’s Head of Space Amar Vora, Serco’s KSA Country Director Mona Althagafi and Serco’s Head of COP-2 Islam Alizada. This prestigious invitation underscores Saudi Arabia’s keenness to develop its human resources and the pivotal role Serco is playing in advancing the Kingdom’s capabilities in the space industry, highlighting how the private sector company is supporting the Kingdom’s commitment to nurturing local talent capabilities to support Vision 2030 as a government impact partner.

Alhabbas was chosen by Serco as their first space graduate from more than 400 applications. An aerospace engineering graduate with a minor in applied mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the US, she joined Serco as a graduate spacecraft operations engineer. In the past 12 months, Alhabbas underwent comprehensive training in the Kingdom and is now coming to the end of an intensive six-month training program at Serco’s COP-2 facilities in Germany, aimed at deepening her theoretical knowledge. Upon completion, Alhabbas will be certified as a proficient spacecraft operations engineer in a graduation taking place later this summer. After supporting a launch campaign, she will return to Saudi Arabia where she will transfer the knowledge gained to the wider Serco space team and its clients.

This accomplishment highlights the broader impact of Serco’s initiatives in the Kingdom. Serco has more than 60 years of space experience globally, supporting civil and military space programs, including those of the European Space Agency, the UK Ministry of Defense and NASA. In 2023, it launched a dedicated space division in the Middle East to support local talent and develop regional capabilities, ensuring the transfer of its wide-ranging operational knowledge and capabilities to the region. Its graduate, space-specific program is the first of its kind not only within the Kingdom, but also across Serco globally. By leveraging decades of global experience in the space industry, Serco is playing a crucial role in transferring knowledge and skills to Saudi nationals, impacting a better future.

Prince Abdullah said: “Sarah Alhabbas’ accomplishments epitomize the potential and the great expectation of Saudi Arabia’s youth in pioneering new frontiers. Her journey marks a significant personal achievement and symbolizes the leadership’s confidence and ambition in our nation’s youth. We are happy to celebrate Sarah’s accomplishment and look forward to her contribution to the Kingdom’s aerospace sector.”

Alhabbas said: “This opportunity to train with the European Space Agency and seasoned, international experts has been transformative. I am deeply honored by this recognition from Prince Abdullah. It reaffirms my commitment to contributing to the Saudi space sector and to inspiring other young Saudis to pursue their passions in this exciting field.”

Vora, Serco’s Middle East head of space, said: “At Serco, we are committed to bringing our global expertise to Saudi Arabia, fostering local talent and driving the Kingdom’s space ambitions. Sarah’s success is a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and the right support. We are thrilled to see her represent the future of Saudi space exploration.”


Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce
Updated 16 July 2024
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Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

A booming Saudi HVAC sector and growing human resources within the Kingdom has solidified the significance of Rheem Middle East’s newly opened Innovation Learning Center in Riyadh. The ILC has already made a significant impact in educating, training and professionally developing the HVAC and water heating industry. The center has hosted numerous training sessions and workshops, welcoming professionals and students in the industry since its launch.

Rheem Middle East, a subsidiary of Rheem Global, which is headquartered in Atlanta, US, has a number of brands under its umbrella — RUUD, Richmond and Friedrich. Together, they bring immense American know-how, knowledge and international best practices in HVAC and water heating to young aspiring Saudi trainees in Riyadh. The ILC’s advanced facilities have also played a pivotal role in its mission. The hands-on training rooms, equipped with installed HVAC and water heating units, along with connected water lines, have provided participants with practical experience in installing, servicing and dealing with such products. The classrooms, featuring state-of-the-art live audio and video streaming, and a roundtable room for open discussions, have facilitated collaborative learning experiences for the many trainees that have attended training sessions or workshops at the ILC.

“The Saudi market is one of our key markets and Rheem continually strives to bring the best value to the Kingdom, be it through quality products or knowledge transfer between experts. The engagement and enthusiasm we’ve seen from the attendees and visitors has been positive and nothing short of amazing. It’s clear that Rheem Middle East is filling a vital need in the Saudi community through our ILC,” said Brian Hempenstall, vice president and general manager of Rheem Middle East.

The ILC in Riyadh, which is the second such center in the GCC, highlights Rheem’s commitment to innovation and education in the HVAC and water heating industry across the region. 

The ILC is expected to soon start hosting trainees and students from educational institutes across the Kingdom to enhance their skills through a more holistic approach.


Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East
Updated 15 July 2024
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Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Middle East has announced the opportunity to pre-order the first-ever electrified Corvette, the 2024 E-Ray, with all-wheel drive, in limited volumes in the Middle East.

In 2023, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the first-ever electrified Corvette E-Ray, which was met with much excitement. Now, a select few in the Middle East will get the opportunity to be the first to experience the E-Ray with orders for the nameplate now live.

The E-Ray combines the raw power of the Corvette’s throaty V-8 LT2 engine with the cutting-edge efficiency and silence of an electric motor, delivering a staggering 655 HP combined. This electrified configuration ensures exhilarating performance with a 0-100 kph time in as little as 2.6 seconds, making it the quickest production Corvette in history.

Both powertrains on the Corvette E-Ray work in concert through an 8-speed dual clutch transmission to deliver staggering performance during spirited driving and on the track. The 160 HP electric motor provides ample torque from stand still and fills in torque demands as the 495 HP 6.2 L V8 revs quickly to deliver a total of 832 Nm combined. This immediate torque provides sensational acceleration off the line and out of the corners, and the eAWD capability it brings enables Corvette E-Ray drivers to access the full potential of the powertrain and chassis even in slippery conditions.

The E-Ray’s battery is located low in the Corvette’s central tunnel to contribute to the vehicle’s low center of gravity. Its 1.9 kWh Li-Ion battery gets recharged through regeneration, or the driver selectable Charge plus mode when in attack mode on the track, ensuring the battery pack is always optimally charged for maximum performance.

Additionally, Stealth Mode, activated at vehicle start up, allows for all-electric driving at speeds up to 70 kph, providing customers the ability to start and operate the vehicle quietly to avoid noise disruption to their surroundings — perfect for that early departure for a spirited drive about the closest mountain road.

The Corvette E-Ray joins the Corvette Stingray, and Corvette Z06 in the lineup, offering a transformed electrified driving experience.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year.


stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels
Updated 15 July 2024
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stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv is providing comprehensive coverage of the ongoing Esports World Cup, across five dedicated TV channels, leveraging the advanced technical resources and capabilities of the stc Group to provide an unparalleled experience and exceptional tournament coverage.

It is playing a pivotal role in advancing the esports sector in Saudi Arabia by supporting the tournament, which is being held in Riyadh for the first time at Riyadh Boulevard City and runs until Aug. 25. It has the largest prize pool ever awarded in esports, amounting to $60 million.

The platform enables audiences to watch the 22 competitions, alongside detailed analyses and interviews with players and coaches, all through high-quality broadcasts on three live channels. Additionally, the “stc tv EWC Legends” channel offers exclusive and specialized coverage of the event in Arabic, while the “stc tv EWC” channel provides broadcasts in English, ensuring esports enthusiasts can watch all events and activities of the tournament seamlessly.

stc tv also offers esports fans the flexibility to watch the championship at their convenience with a replay feature available for up to 14 days after the initial broadcast. Additionally, the live broadcast of the tournament can be accessed through the stc play platform via its website, stcplay.gg, ensuring that viewers can stay connected to the action wherever they are.

These efforts align with stc Group’s commitment to fostering the growth of the gaming and esports sector in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“By supporting the tournament as an Elite and Founding Partner of the inaugural Esports World Cup, stc Group aims to deliver unprecedented experiences in the EWC, further establishing Saudi Arabia as a global hub for esports,” the group said in a statement.

The stc tv platform offers 150+ live and free to air local and international channels, as well as a unified content library boasting 28,000 titles. This extensive library spans a wide range of engaging series, exclusive documentaries, and kids’ programs, catering to all tastes.


Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Sarah Alhabbas and Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud were joined at this special event by Serco’s senior officials
Sarah Alhabbas and Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud were joined at this special event by Serco’s senior officials
Updated 15 July 2024
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Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Sarah Alhabbas and Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud were joined at this special event by Serco’s senior officials

Sarah Alhabbas, the first graduate of Serco’s Space Graduate Program, was invited on Thursday to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Germany to meet with Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to Germany. The invitation was in recognition of her remarkable progress within a sector pitted to be instrumental in the achievement of Vision 2030. During the meeting, Alhabbas discussed how her experience with Serco can be an inspiration to the next generation of Saudi talent.

Alhabbas, currently working in Serco’s Copernicus Operations Support Services or COP-2, with the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany as part of her intensive training program, was joined at this special event by Serco Middle East’s Head of Space Amar Vora, Serco’s KSA Country Director Mona Althagafi and Serco’s Head of COP-2 Islam Alizada. This prestigious invitation underscores Saudi Arabia’s keenness to develop its human resources and the pivotal role Serco is playing in advancing the Kingdom’s capabilities in the space industry, highlighting how the private sector company is supporting the Kingdom’s commitment to nurturing local talent capabilities to support Vision 2030 as a government impact partner.

Alhabbas was chosen by Serco as their first space graduate from more than 400 applications. An aerospace engineering graduate with a minor in applied mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the US, she joined Serco as a graduate spacecraft operations engineer. In the past 12 months, Alhabbas underwent comprehensive training in the Kingdom and is now coming to the end of an intensive six-month training program at Serco’s COP-2 facilities in Germany, aimed at deepening her theoretical knowledge. Upon completion, Alhabbas will be certified as a proficient spacecraft operations engineer in a graduation taking place later this summer. After supporting a launch campaign, she will return to Saudi Arabia where she will transfer the knowledge gained to the wider Serco space team and its clients.

This accomplishment highlights the broader impact of Serco’s initiatives in the Kingdom. Serco has more than 60 years of space experience globally, supporting civil and military space programs, including those of the European Space Agency, the UK Ministry of Defense and NASA. In 2023, it launched a dedicated space division in the Middle East to support local talent and develop regional capabilities, ensuring the transfer of its wide-ranging operational knowledge and capabilities to the region. Its graduate, space-specific program is the first of its kind not only within the Kingdom, but also across Serco globally. By leveraging decades of global experience in the space industry, Serco is playing a crucial role in transferring knowledge and skills to Saudi nationals, impacting a better future.

Prince Abdullah said: “Sarah Alhabbas’ accomplishments epitomize the potential and the great expectation of Saudi Arabia’s youth in pioneering new frontiers. Her journey marks a significant personal achievement and symbolizes the leadership’s confidence and ambition in our nation’s youth. We are happy to celebrate Sarah’s accomplishment and look forward to her contribution to the Kingdom’s aerospace sector.”

Alhabbas said: “This opportunity to train with the European Space Agency and seasoned, international experts has been transformative. I am deeply honored by this recognition from Prince Abdullah. It reaffirms my commitment to contributing to the Saudi space sector and to inspiring other young Saudis to pursue their passions in this exciting field.”

Vora, Serco’s Middle East head of space, said: “At Serco, we are committed to bringing our global expertise to Saudi Arabia, fostering local talent and driving the Kingdom’s space ambitions. Sarah’s success is a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and the right support. We are thrilled to see her represent the future of Saudi space exploration.”