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GACA Celebrates Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s First Flight

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Yasmeen Al-Maimani the first female Saudi pilot was celebrated in an event held by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines.

Al-Maimani became the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot when she made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim.

Al-Maimani got her qualifications in Jordan and then spent 300 hours of flying practice in the US where she exchanged her American license with a Saudi one in 2013.

She was then granted the opportunity of flying a commercial plane when Nesma airlines announced for vacancies of an advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program.

11 applicants were accepted, including Al-Maimani and following their acceptance, 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.

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4 Ways You Can Enjoy this Weekend in Saudi Arabia

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From concerts to festivals and events, here is a list of places to be in this weekend to make the best out of it, before getting back to work or school.

The list is diverse, because there’s something for everyone!

1. Catch a Movie at Luna Cinema in Riyadh’s Boulevard

What’s a better way to watch a movie other than under the starry night? Absolutely nothing! Catch one of Hollywood’s latest production as you enjoy the fine night weather of Riyadh’s Boulevard.

Tickets include entry fees to the Boulevard and you can buy your tickets on gate or online through this link.

The movies include:

  • Joker.
  • Mary.
  • Aladdin.
  • Born a King.

For more details, click here.

2. Question Yourself at the Upside Down Gallery

 

Four rooms of which will leave you questioning whether you’re walking on your feet or head. Perfect for a group hangout and for a fun photo session!

Tickets include entry fees to the Boulevard.

Ticket price: 50 SAR

3. Let loose at Winter Wonderland

 

The magical place just got extended so hurry up and don’t miss your second chance to enjoy endless festive activities, the biggest staking arena in the Middle East and much more.

Tickets start at 50 SAR and can be purchased through this link.

4. Enjoy the live performance of the Egyptian artists Ramy Sabry and Tamer Ashour

Catch this incredible line-up of artists: Ramy Sabry, Tamer Ashour and Aedh Yousef on Friday the 24th and enjoy an exceptional musical night.

For more details, click here.

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What You Need to Know About AlUla’s First Interactive Exhibition

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Desert X in collaboration with the Royal Commission for AlUla have announced on Saturday the participating artists in the interactive exhibition, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia which open on January 31st and will run until March 7.

Desert X began in 2017, in California’s Coachella Valley, as a way to blend between modern art and the desert community. This will be Desert’s X very first international collaboration and the event will take part of AlUla’s Winter at Tantora festival.

The event will bring together a plurality of voices and is co-curated by Saudi curators Raneem Farsi and Aya Alireza with Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.

Participating artists in the event will include Lita Albuquerque (US); Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia); Zahrah AlGhamdi (Saudi Arabia); Nasser AlSalem (Saudi Arabia); Rashed AlShashai (Saudi Arabia); Gisela Colon (Canada); Sherin Guirguis (Egypt); Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (UAE); Nadim Karam (Lebanon); eL Seed (France); Wael Shawky (Egypt); Muhannad Shono (Saudi Arabia); Superflex (Denmark) and Rayyane Tabet (Lebanon).

The event will play a role in bringing together three continents and will serve as a gateway between the East and West, and with that marking an exciting moment for the Kingdom.

 

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Line-up For Dakar Rally Closing Party Revealed and it’s Epic

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The renowned Dakar Rally is currently underway and it’s bringing the world’s top professional racers to the desert of Saudi Arabia, not only that but the line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert has also been revealed and it is epic!

Happening on January 17th, the closing party will take place in Qiddiya where the winners from each category of the Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

The event is bringing to the stage the international stars DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) while VIP packages are available for SAR1,250.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia kicked off on the 5th and will last till January 17th, featuring more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

Hurry up and click on this link to purchase your tickets!

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