New system coming to end parking woes

Updated 29 April 2016
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New system coming to end parking woes

JEDDAH: A multinational company is bringing a new system to Saudi Arabia that enables 16 cars to park on 30 squares meters, the same space as two normal size parking bays.
The system is now being brought to Jeddah and Makkah. The project is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, according to the director of the Smart Parking Company Ahmad Manshi.
Speaking to an online publication, he said that the Kingdom faces the problem of having 15 million cars parked on its streets and in parking areas. The new system would radically reduce the space taken up by this number of vehicles.
The system is a type of upright carousel that is installed in four days, according to a video of the company posted on YouTube. Manshi said the system has been approved by the Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization.
Nabil Abbas, a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers called on government bodies to adopt this new technology because it can save time and space. “The average ground area parking is 13.75 square meters without the additional entrances and side spaces to allow a car to move.
“We need an area of 233.75 square meters to park 17 million vehicles, an estimated area of three countries, the Maldives, Monaco and the Vatican,” said Abbas. It would help prevent congestion and illegal parking, he said.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.