Turkish Airlines invites Saudi women pilots

Updated 17 April 2016

Turkish Airlines invites Saudi women pilots

ISTANBUL: Saudi women pilots are most welcome to join Turkish Airlines if they wish to because the Kingdom’s women are capable of occupying leadership positions, an official of the airline has said here.
“We are ready to employ Saudi women as pilots if they have the right qualifications. There is a global deficit in this profession that could climb to 100,000 by 2020,” Tamul Kotel, the head of Turkish Airlines, was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.
“There are many positions in the airline industry for women. Turkish Airlines prefers to employ captains, both male and female, who are Muslim,” he said during a press conference in Ankara in the presence of Mustapha Kokoso, senior adviser for Turkish investments.
Kotel said the increase in the volume of investments in Turkey of late is encouraging many Saudi companies to invest in the industrial sector. The Turkish government will present many investment opportunities in the industrial sector to Saudis in the near future, he added.
Kokoso reportedly said there is a high amount of Saudi investment in Turkey, which is yet to be announced. “A number of Saudi investors prefer joint ventures with their Turkish counterparts in mega projects, especially in the tourism and real estate sectors.”
He said that currently, the trade balance between the two countries is almost $6.4 billion, and Turkish investments in Saudi Arabia stand at around $642 million, he said. “There are 200 Turkish companies in the Kingdom while the number of Saudi companies in Turkey is about 700 with a total investment of around $2 billion.”
Meanwhile, Turkey is preparing to host businessmen and financiers for a forum for investment and property on April 23 and 24, highlighting the new laws and opportunities for partnerships with top Saudi and Turkish executives in investment, contracting, real estate and trade.
High-level Turkish officials said the government is keen to facilitate foreign investment in the country because of the presence of a strong group of qualified personnel, the agreeable geographical location of Turkish industrial cities and the Turkish government’s willingness to provide many opportunities in the industrial sector to Saudi investors.
Istanbul Mayor Kadeer Tob Pash was quoted as saying that he would continue to coordinate with the central government in Turkey relating to taxes on Arabs. He said Saudi businessmen are developers rather than consumers, which is what is required for success.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.