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Boeing is working hard on building up its relationships in the Middle East, notably in the education and high-tech sectors. In 2003, the company launched the first Aviation Safety e-learning curriculum at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, which provides its Aeronautical Engineering department with safety training for students and customers from Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Royal Saudi Air Force. Boeing also has a stake in the local Al-Salaam Aircraft Company, an aircraft modification, maintenance and repair facility for the support of commercial and military fixed and rotary wing aircraft, which is also providing jobs for Saudi citizens. In 1985, the Boeing Industrial Technology Group (BITG) was set up to implement Peace Shield programme offset obligations to the Royal Saudi Air Force. ‘Sponsored by the Economic Offset Committee, the Peace Shield offset programme comprises venture companies [including Al-Salaam] owned by Saudi investors and a team of Peace Shield contractors led by BITG,’ Boeing says.