More than 100 young divers to take part in Red Sea cleanup

Updated 14 February 2014
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More than 100 young divers to take part in Red Sea cleanup

In a unique move to maintain ecological balance, over 100 young divers are planning to clean the Red Sea bed to save the corals and sea animals to protect the environment.
The cleaning operation being launched under the slogan “Environment without Waste” and under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Misha’al bin Majed will start on Feb. 20 in front of Hilton Hotel Corniche to save the environment, rehabilitation and protection of coral growth, the life source for over 80 percent of aquatic creatures.
The divers will clean the algae accumulated on the surface of the sea that block sun rays, coral surface, and remove the waste people throw into the sea and fishing strings left behind by fishermen.
In the program, 150 students will also participate to distribute awareness brochures on the importance of environmental safety and help the divers in this program to maintain the cleanliness of the depths of the sea, the coral reefs that are home to many fish and sea creatures.
The program is being organized by the National Company for Petrochemical Industries Co. (NATPET) and Century Events as part of their social responsibility for environmental protection, particularly in maintaining life in the sea, especially coral reefs.
NAPTET CEO Jamal Jamil Malika said that they are sponsoring the event as part of the company social responsibility toward environmental preservation. “Environmental preservation is an important objective of the company, and it is our duty to serve the community and maintain sustainable resources. The program is being held under the aegis of the Union of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals, which aims to increase awareness about disposal of waste in a responsible manner,” he said.
He said the goal of this event is to motivate school students to refrain from littering, and collecting the waste instead, and assist in recycling to protect marine environment.
Ahmed Sahab, CEO of Century Events, said the event is one of the many awareness messages carried out by Century Events as part of its social responsibility activities.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.