Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain Discuss Producing First Arab Electric Vehicle

An electric vehicle being charged. (Reuters)
An electric vehicle being charged. (Reuters)
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Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain Discuss Producing First Arab Electric Vehicle

An electric vehicle being charged. (Reuters)
An electric vehicle being charged. (Reuters)

Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain discussed the localization of the technology of producing electric cars with local components from resources available in these countries.

Officials from the four countries discussed funding sources, the ambitious project management method, the timeline, and the manufacturing, hoping that the first Arab e-car would be showcased during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in UAE in November.

The higher committee meetings of the Integrated Industrial Partnership met in Cairo at the headquarters of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) between Mar. 19 and 21.

They discussed boosting the partnership between the four countries and exploiting the capabilities and energies available to them.

AOI Chairman Mokhtar Abdel Latif stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with Arab countries and exploiting national manufacturing capabilities to deepen and increase local manufacturing rates and localize technology.

He noted the importance of achieving Arab industrial integration, increasing added value, and limiting imports, thus enhancing the strategic plan for the industrial development of the Arab countries and growing export opportunities and fields.

During the talks, Abdel Latif underlined the importance of the speedy completion of executive procedures for the production of the joint Arab e-car to display it at COP28 and the completion of the production stages to cover the needs of Arab countries for these environmentally friendly cars.

He described the committee as the engine of Egyptian industry and it contributes to various fields of industrial renaissance, according to Egypt’s vision for sustainable development in 2030.

The AOI is interested in linking scientific research with industry and transforming research into innovative products and services that represent scientific solutions to social problems and challenges.

The AOI aims to boost the partnership between Arab countries by putting all its advanced manufacturing capabilities to serve and meet the needs, said Abdel Latif.

The committee also held a meeting at the headquarters of the Arab American Vehicles (AAV), which is affiliated with the AOI in Egypt, with Chairman Osama Abdel-Aleem.

The talks discussed the capabilities available in the four countries in producing an Arab e-car.

The committee members inspected the production lines of the AAV company, lauding the technological capabilities available in the company.

The committee then toured several AOI factories and private sector companies working in the automotive industry in Egypt.



GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia
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GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) released air-traffic statistics showing significant growth in the number of passengers and flights in the Kingdom during the first half of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.

According to the figures, there was a 17% increase in the number of passengers over the past six months, reaching around 62 million, compared to 53 million during the same period last year.

The number of flights also reached approximately 446,000, marking a 12% increase compared to 399,000 flights during the same period last year.

The airfreight volume in the first six months of 2024 witnessed a 41% increase, reaching 606,000 tons compared to 430,000 in the same period of 2023.

During the first half of this year, GACA launched several development projects, including the development and expansion of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, the inauguration of the development and expansion of Al-Ahsa International Airport, the launch of the new additional international departure terminal at Taif International Airport, and the introduction of the self-driving air taxi experience for the first time during the Hajj season.

Furthermore, the authority granted the first operating permit for building cleaning using drones, which illustrates its commitment to enabling safe and innovative advanced air mobility solutions. It also launched a knowledge-testing center for aviation personnel and the first phase of electronic gates at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

GACA won two gold awards for Best Customer Service and Best Public Service Center in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, the Consumer Protection Association award for excellence in protecting passengers' rights, and the certificate in the quality management system for monitoring flight safety and environmental sustainability.

The aviation sector saw several achievements in the past six months, including 16 Saudi airports obtaining the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) accreditation for 2024.

Saudi airports continued their progress in ranking among the top 50 airports worldwide, as announced in the evaluation results of the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah won the first-place award as the best regional airport in the Middle East during the Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony held in Frankfurt, Germany.

The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah achieved the highest ratings on the Airports Council International list for 2023. The King Fahd International Airport in Dammam won three of the Saudi Airports Awards for 2023, including the award for the best airport in the category 5-15 million passengers, the award for the best customs inspection area, and the award for the best services for people with disabilities.

SAUDIA also received recognition, winning awards for being the most advanced airline in the world and having the best economy-class catering for 2024 in the Skytrax global ranking.

According to Skytrax, Flynas was crowned the fourth-best low-cost airline in the world for the second consecutive year and the first in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year, the most important global benchmark for measuring airline performance.

All these achievements are part of the initiatives and programs launched by GACA, aiming to contribute to the development of the air transport industry locally, regionally, and internationally, in line with the National Strategy for the Civil Aviation Sector.

The strategy aims to make the aviation sector in the Kingdom the first in the Middle East by reaching 330 million passengers, increasing air freight capacity to 4.5 million tons, and raising air connectivity to reach 250 destinations to and from Saudi airports by 2030.