Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi, center, signs maintenance contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi on Wednesday sponsored a signing ceremony in Riyadh of operation, maintenance and cleaning contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom for the period 2019-2022.

The 110 contracts “cater to the needs of each region,” he said. Worth more than SR4.3 billion ($1.15 billion), they were awarded to various Saudi companies, and are intended to promote road safety and maintenance, he added.

The ministry’s undersecretary for road operation and maintenance, Tarek Al-Shami, briefed attendees on the contracts. The ministry has developed and upgraded contracts, and established performance indicators to meet the Saudi leadership’s expectations, he said.

Various ministries and government bodies have supported the Transport Ministry in achieving its goals, he added.

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, head of the National Road Safety Center, highlighted its efforts to raise road safety and traffic awareness so as to avoid accidents.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.