Water supply to Makkah increased

Updated 01 July 2013
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Water supply to Makkah increased

Daily water supply to Makkah has been increased to 120,000 cubic meters. 
“With this increase the total daily supply will reach 670,000 cubic meters, which will be the highest quantity of daily supply compared to the 480,000-520,000 cubic meters provided previously,” spokesman of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Sultan Al-Otaibi said in a statement on Saturday.
He said the SWCC governor commissioned a fourth pumping station to commence work at the Al-Shuaiba plant and ensured the preparedness of the Makkah branch of the National Water Company (NWC) to adjust to the excess supply.
He said four water pumps at three Shuaiba-Mina stations are earmarked to supply water to the strategic reserve tanks in Mina and Arafat. “The four SWCC pumps will continue supplying water until there is sufficient storage in Makkah. Additional reserve lines will be laid to counter any unforeseen disruption.”
Makkah will have full water capacity in Ramadan, he asserted. 
SWCC resumed water supply to Makkah last week after a breakdown, which lasted several days. The breakdown was due to a leak that appeared in a major supply line from the Al-Shuaiba plant to the holy city.
Director of Makkah and Taif Works Unit in the NWC, Abdullah Ahmad Hasanain, said that with the water supply resumption, water distribution to most districts in Makkah has been normalized. “The daily pumping cycle has reached 35 percent with quantities of water reaching 415,000 cubic meters per day,” he said. 
The areas included the districts of Al-Zaher, Faisal Badr, Al-Azizia Al-Sharqiyah, Wadi Jaleel, Ajyad, Al-Misfalah, Al-Massafi, Al-Malawi Al-Yusra, Al-Maabdah Al-Muthallath, Ree Dhakhir, Dahlat Al-Jinn, Sab Al-Banat, Jabal Al-Kaaba, Al-Magharibah, Al-Mansouriyah, Jabal Juhaishah, Al-Gashlah, Al-Kidwah, Harat Hummos and Kuday. 
Makkah requires the maximum quantity of water during Haj when 3 million pilgrims visit Makkah and Mina. Similarly, there is a large demand for water during Ramadan when pilgrims flock to the holy city.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.