Saudi-British Green Flag drills conclude in Taif

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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
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Participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises. (SPA)
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Participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises. (SPA)
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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Saudi-British Green Flag drills conclude in Taif

  • The Green Flag drills for 2018 carried out between the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force
  • A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants

JEDDAH: The Green Flag drills for 2018 carried out between the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force ended on Thursday at the King Fahd Air Base in Taif.

A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, during which attendees heard a brief summary of what was carried out in the exercise, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants.

Major General Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari, commander of the air base and the exercise, said the Green Flag 2018 exercises had been a success and that it had achieved its desired goals, by deepening the bonds of cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two air forces of both two countries and by raising the level of combat readiness.

Al-Omari also added that the participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises with proficiency in dealing with hypothetical situations applied, such as electronic warfare and neutralizing air targets and air control.

Colonel Khaled bin Yousuf Al-Yousuf praised the high level of participation in the Green Flag drill, stressing that the evaluation indicators were very positive. He added that the green flag drill and other exercises carried out by the Saudi Air Force showed a high level of mastery, whether on the logistical or technical levels.

He adding that the Saudi pilots are proving day after day that they are among the best. He said that all the armed forces and the Air Force in particular, are provided the needed support and care from the Saudi wise leadership, both in terms of qualification and training, or on the level of equipment and armament.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.