Fire guts chemical factory in Dammam

Updated 05 February 2014

Fire guts chemical factory in Dammam

A factory in Dammam’s 2nd Industrial City was gutted in a massive fire that broke out in the premises Thursday morning.
A fire-fighter also sustained second degree burn injuries while trying to put out the fire.
Speaking to Arab News, Col. Ali Al-Qahtani, Eastern Province Civil Defense spokesman, said: “The control unit received a call reporting a large fire at the BICF Factory in the 2nd Industrial City at 4:26 a.m.”
He said the factory is spread over an area of 15,000 sq. meters. The factory had petrochemical substances for manufacturing industrial floors.
“The entire factory was gutted in the fire,” Al-Qahtani said, adding that 14 fire-fighting units were involved in putting out the blaze. “Investigations into the cause of fire are still under way,” he added.

TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

Updated 27 April 2018

TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

I am a Saudi-Argentine fashion designer who was born in San Francisco, California.

Growing up, I studied in the US, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, before returning to California to obtain my undergraduate degree in psychology.

I feel very fortunate to come from such a diverse heritage.

I began traveling at an early age, which is probably why I love exploring, learning and being constantly on the move.

Through my travels, I learned that each country is culturally unique. Its people, their traditions, food and the arts constantly impact my growth and development.

Who am I?

I am a product of all the international experiences and exposure I have gained through the years.

With every country I visited, I realized what a powerful and humbling experience each was, and how they helped mold and develop me as a person.

The more I traveled, the more I wanted to give back. It was no longer enough for me to simply explore different cultures.

I wanted to understand them and contribute what I could back to society as a favor returned.

It was with this in mind that my fashion line Badawiah was born.  



Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)