Riyadh ‘a beacon of Arab culture’: Kuwaiti envoy

Al-Sabah praised efforts exerted by the Saudi minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, to improve the Kingdom’s cultural scene. (SPA)
Updated 16 March 2019
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Riyadh ‘a beacon of Arab culture’: Kuwaiti envoy

  • Al-Sabah praised efforts exerted by the Saudi minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan

RIYADH: Riyadh is a beacon of Arab culture, according to Sheikh Ali Khalid Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ambassador to the Kingdom.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Riyadh International Book Fair, the envoy lauded the diverse Arab participation in the event, which highlights the book fair’s importance in the region.
Al-Sabah praised efforts exerted by the Saudi minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, to improve the Kingdom’s cultural scene.
“Kuwaiti government institutions, publishing houses and libraries have brought a sense of diversity to the event. Showcasing these historical and intellectual publications reflects the true identity of Kuwait,” Al-Sabah said. 


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.