Clean energy giants meet in Jeddah

The event aims to identify the latest technologies used in the production of clean electric energy.
Updated 01 December 2017
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Clean energy giants meet in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) inaugurated the First Clean Energy Forum at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jeddah on Wednesday.
Considered the first of its kind, the event with the slogan “Clean Energy and Fuel Additives,” attracted manufacturers, suppliers, fuel additives and combustion enhancers from around the world, and included specialists from government agencies, as well as companies and universities in the Kingdom.
The forum, held over two days, identified the latest technologies in the production of clean electric energy that use environmental standards to treat conventional fuels.
Clean Energy Forum manager and SEC quality and performance manager Fouad Al-Saiedi told Arab News: “This is the first clean energy forum in the Kingdom, and we started with fuel additives since 90 percent of energy production in Saudi Arabia depends on fossil oil. That is a problem, and we are here to exchange clean energy applications to deal with fossil oil from the very first stages.”
He added: “Twenty research papers were presented by more than 200 experts from around the world. And we regard the attendance of the president of the Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, Khalil Al-Thaqafi, as real support to this initiative ... Shoura Council member Hadi Al-Yami also attended the forum.”
Thomas Parish, a speaker at the forum and a representative of the TEKH company, told Arab News: “It is a really refreshing to come to Saudi Arabia and see people trying to do what’s good, and to be a part of that process.”
Companies were invited to the forum to present state-of-the-art technologies used in the production of clean electric energy, in addition to the treatment of conventional fuels.
The initiative is considered to be at the heart of implementing Saudi Vision 2030.


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.