Sewage networks in Jeddah very poor

Updated 21 July 2013

Sewage networks in Jeddah very poor

An estimated 70 percent of Jeddah neighborhoods lack sewage networks, according to Iyad Al-Husseini, head of the action team of water and sewage networks project for the protection of environment in Jeddah.
He said the infrastructure is worn out, and 70 percent of the neighborhoods are not connected to sewage networks.
Al-Husseini was speaking on the sideline of a workshop held recently and discussed the strategic plan for the city of Jeddah.
The workshop was organized by the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection.
He said that areas not covered by the networks rely on septic tanks for sewage disposal, pointing out that this creates problems for residents as well as the environment.
Describing the state of sewage networks in some neighborhoods he said: “They are in a very bad shape, as construction works of some of them dates back to more than 25 years ago.” He said the lifespan of pipes is between 10 to 15 years.
“There is an urgent need to replace them, as some of them are leaking, damaging and polluting the soil in the process,” he said.
He said that part of the water treatment plants that are currently in Jeddah, 11 stations, need restructuring operations in terms of the method of work and workers, as well as the areas served by these stations.

“A number of them can be expanded to serve as much areas as possible” he said.
But other stations, he pointed out, need to be addressed and fixed immediately.
Large quantities of the treated water, said Al-Husseini are poured into the sea, “But we should work out a way to use these quantities so as not to waste the costs spent in these processes.”

Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

Updated 41 min 27 sec ago

Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

  • ABB FIA Formula E Championship listens to fans by pitting Gen2 car and Felipe Massa in race against a peregrine falcon in Saudi Arabia
  • Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon

RIYADH: Formula E driver Felipe Massa behind the wheel of a Gen2 racing car has gone up against a peregrine falcon in a straight fight in Saudi Arabia to outrun the fastest animal on the planet.

It’s not the first time the fully-electric Formula E car has been pitted against a member of the animal kingdom, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne racing a cheetah on the Western Cape of South Africa last year.

Narrowly edging out the fastest land mammal in 2017, Formula E fans asked for a re-match — but this time together with more stern competition. Listening to the feedback of fans on social media, it was the turn of the peregrine falcon, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) when diving through the skies above Saudi Arabia.

Massa was in the Kingdom ahead of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix, which will see the racing legend line-up on the Formula E starting grid for the first time on December 15 at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.

For the battle of man and machine vs the natural world, the winged predator was trained to set its sights on a different kind of prey roaming through the desert — with a lure attached to the roll hoop of the advanced new-look Gen2 car.

Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon. But did he manage to shake off his opponent?

To watch Felipe and the falcon in flying formation, visit —

Felipe Massa, VENTURI Formula E Team driver, said: “It was an incredible experience for me to race against the fastest member of the animal kingdom — it’s not something I will forget in a hurry. I like the fact that this idea came from the fans, and Formula E listened and accepted the challenge.

“The footage from the drive is very special and it was a privilege to take part. I’m looking forward to returning to Ad Diriyah and to start racing. It’ll be my first race in Formula E and I’m eager to get behind the wheel again. I’ve missed racing and this series has shown to be one of the most competitive out there.”

The 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the competitive debut of the Gen2 car and VENTURI Formula E Team driver Felipe Massa.

As well as Formula E action, exciting fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences will be awaiting ticketholders at Ad Diriyah, across three days, starting December 13.

That evening, December 13, will see Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for fans. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale.

Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site, including all the action, fun, and thrilling complimentary concerts.

Tickets are on sale at and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge.