Saudi Arabia sets ambitious targets to strengthen aviation strategy, senior official says

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to unveil a new tourism strategy this year utilizing artificial intelligence and seamless technology, according to a top official. Speaking to Arab News in an interview on the sidelines of the Future Aviation Forum 2024, Gloria Guevara Manzo, chief special adviser at the Ministry of Tourism, noted that the plan … Read more

Israel has addressed many of Biden’s concerns over widescale Rafah operation, US official says

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Is Israel’s Netanyahu pursuing perpetual war in Gaza to save his political skin? LONDON: Last Wednesday evening, five Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in a “friendly fire” incident in northern Gaza. The five paratroopers, aged between 20 and 22 and reported by The Times of Israel to have been part of an … Read more

Saudi Arabia is a model of sustainable aviation practices: ICAO official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector is set for substantial safety and security enhancements as the National Security Services Co. prepares to embark on an ambitious expansion plan, its CEO told Arab News. Turki Matooq Al-Thonayan explained how the company, also known as SAFE, already has operations spanning multiple countries and a workforce exceeding 10,000 employees. … Read more

Saudi Arabia to reveal new innovative tourism strategy in 2024: top official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector is set for substantial safety and security enhancements as the National Security Services Co. prepares to embark on an ambitious expansion plan, its CEO told Arab News. Turki Matooq Al-Thonayan explained how the company, also known as SAFE, already has operations spanning multiple countries and a workforce exceeding 10,000 employees. … Read more

Boeing focuses on quality management enhancement amidst safety concerns, says top official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is on the verge of launching an initiative in space tourism, according to a top official. The CEO of the Saudi Space Agency, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, discussed the expanding role of spaceports and satellite deployment on the opening day of the 2024 Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh.  The first day of the event … Read more

AI to help optimize Saudi aviation supply chain management: official

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia unveiled its first “State of Aviation” report, highlighting the sector’s contributions to the Kingdom’s economic growth, as industry leaders gathered for the Future Aviation Forum.  Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day event in Riyadh, Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistic Services Saleh Al-Jasser emphasized the unprecedented importance of aviation.  Saudi … Read more

Saudi Arabia accelerates automotive sector localization: NCID official  

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Saudi firm WAJA Co. forms joint venture to produce EVs in Egypt  RIYADH: Saudi multi-sector firm WAJA Co., is set to establish a joint firm in Egypt to produce and manufacture electric vehicles, after signing a framework cooperation agreement. The deal, inked with the Egypt-based military organization Arab Organization for Industrialization, meets the needs of … Read more

Oman’s inflation rate rises by 0.2% in March: official data 

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RIYADH: Oman’s inflation rate increased by 0.2 percent in March compared to the same month in 2023, driven by a rise in prices of food and beverages, an official analysis showed.  Citing data from the National Center for Statistics and Information, the Oman News Agency reported that food and non-alcoholic beverage expenses increased by 3.4 … Read more

Egypt’s foreign debt increases by $3.5bn, official figures show 

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RIYADH: Egypt’s foreign debt increased by $3.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023, reaching a total of $168 billion, as reported by the nation’s planning ministry.   This marks a climb from the $164.5 billion recorded at the end of September, representing 42.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Notably, 81 percent of … Read more

Saudi Shoura Council speaker holds meetings during official trip to Jordan

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RIYADH: In a world fixated on beauty and aesthetic perfection, Saudi artist Asrar Al-Qarni is boldly producing anti-aesthetic and unsettling art. Through her work, the 33-year-old challenges traditional notions of beauty and protests conformity. She compels viewers to confront uncomfortable truths and explore darker aspects of society. This unconventional approach to art can be seen … Read more