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Memorandum of Cooperation brings together King Salman Center for Disability Research, Matarat Holding, and Saudi Aramco to serve people with disabilities at Kingdom's airports

Wednesday, 05 April 2023

King Salman Center for Disability Research, Airport Holding Company, and Saudi Aramco signed a memorandum of cooperation aimed at improving the quality of services provided to people with disabilities and facilitating their travel experience through Saudi airports. This initiative includes the opening of dedicated sensory waiting rooms for people with disabilities at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.

This collaboration builds upon the success of previous efforts, notably the trial at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, which began in November 2021.

The signing ceremony took place last Sunday at the King Salman Center for Disability Research, in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the special advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the board of trustees of the King Salman Center for Disability Research, Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailij, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and chairman of the board of directors of Airport Holding Company, and Khaled Al-Mulhem, Aramco's senior vice president for public affairs. They were joined by several officials.

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz emphasized the government's support and interest in people with disabilities, aiming to enhance and develop the quality of services provided to them across all sectors. He highlighted the positive impact of such initiatives on the targeted groups and their families, stressing the importance of cooperation between government, private, and third-sector entities in implementing these distinguished initiatives for people with disabilities.

Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailij, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and chairman of the board of directors of Airport Holding Company, stated that the national aviation strategy aims to improve the traveler's experience, placing them at the forefront, especially individuals with disabilities. He commended the collaboration and integration between the King Salman Center for Disability Research, Airport Holding Company, and Saudi Aramco as demonstrated in this agreement.

Nabil bin Abdullah Al-Jammah, executive director of human resources and support services at Saudi Aramco, stated that this step is part of Aramco's efforts and initiatives to support this important segment of the nation. He affirmed the company's commitment to enabling and integrating individuals with disabilities into society, providing a safe and inclusive environment to facilitate the lives of children with disabilities, their families, and their service across all sectors. Saudi Aramco is honored to support the preparation of sensory rooms, equipped with advanced tools and devices to assist psychologically disabled children in facilitating their travel experience.

Kholoud Ibrahim Al-Shaya, advisor to the chairman of the board of trustees of the King Salman Center for Disability Research and project manager of the sensory rooms project at the center, explained that the memorandum of cooperation will contribute to expanding the provision of sensory room services at these airports after the successful evaluation of this experience at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for over 16 months, which has received the satisfaction and appreciation of the targeted groups and their families.

Al-Shaya expressed her gratitude to Prince Sultan bin Salman for his constant support for all initiatives that support and assist people with disabilities and their families. She also thanked all the center's partners in this initiative.

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