Young Saudi Cadres Complete the New Founder's Airport

Thursday 1441/3/17 - 2019/11/14
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Riyadh, November 14, 2019, SPA -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen on the development of man and its surroundings. The idea is to build the Kingdom’s citizens and develop their capabilities. This is an extension of an ambitious development plans initiated by the Kingdom, since its inception by the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.
The prosperous era continued under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) believes in the importance of the harmony between the people development and space in which they reside in. So when establishing the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project in Jeddah Governorate, it made sure to rely on Saudi competencies and qualify national cadres with the best available methods and standards.
A number of Saudi male and female engineers working on the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project spoke about the work they have done in this mega project. This project recounts the numerous success stories of the male and female engineers who worked in one of the largest airport construction project in the region. GACA has been able, since the start of the project to train those engineers extensively in order to build distinguished Saudi engineering competencies that will contribute effectively to the service and development of GACA projects that reflect positively on the Kingdom’s national economy.
At the outset, Eng. Rabie Asali spoke of his thanks and appreciation to GACA, which gave him the opportunity to work in this mega project, which is considered one of the largest engineering projects in the Middle East. Asali went on to say, “I was one of the first young Saudi engineers who joined the airport project since the beginning. There was a training program that included (50) Saudi engineers who were readied and qualified at the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project. I feel a lot of pride in my work in a project that bears the name of the country’s Founder, King Abdulaziz. This project is considered the gateway to the Two Holy Mosques and a pivotal airport connecting East and West. Within its boundaries, it lays a huge terminal covering an estimated area of (810) thousand square meters. The airport will serve (30) million passengers annually. We are talking about large numbers, which will be written in the history books of mega Saudi projects”.
For her part, the first female architect to participate in the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project, Eng. Ghaida Al-Shehri, expressed her pride and happiness for working in this mega national project. She talked about the first to participate in the implementation of this great national edifice. She went on to say, "I joined GACA within a project management team at the new King Abdulaziz International Airport Development Project. One of my tasks at the project was to supervise the work of the implementation of Terminal (1), as well as to supervise the implementation of commercial retail area that covers an area of 28 thousand square meters, in addition to supervising the implementation of the Executive Office in Terminal (1), which covers an area of (3400) square meters.
For his part, Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Wafi, an electronics engineer, in the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport Terminal 1, said that they have received the support and attention of all officials at GACA. Those officials responsible for the project gave us as Saudi youth full confidence and trust to get the job done. Al Wafi went on to say, “the size of the airport makes anyone with an engineering degree dream of working at the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project. One of our job objectives at the airport is to supervise and follow up on the existing works in the project and to coordinate the work with all the operating entities”.
Eng. Hassan Ghawati, a civil engineer who worked on the new King Abdulaziz International Airport project since 2013, and was among the Saudi engineers that GACA had readied them in the airport project as part of a program to train young Saudi engineering cadres. Al Ghawati went on to say, "I am honored to participate in writing a new achievement for Saudi Arabia (the new King Abdulaziz International Airport). This great edifice is an outstanding architectural masterpiece and the Kingdom's gateway to the world. I think we are fortunate to join and work on this mega project".
He praised the role of the GACA in supporting and attracting young engineering cadres to work in this giant project.
--SPA
10:35 LOCAL TIME 07:35 GMT
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