‘Oriental Nights’ festival in Eastern Province attracts 160,000 visitors

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Updated 18 January 2018
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‘Oriental Nights’ festival in Eastern Province attracts 160,000 visitors

DAMMAM: The executive committee of the “Oriental Nights” festival, currently held at King Abdullah Park along Dammam’s waterfront and organized by the Eastern Province secretariat, reported that 160,000 people have visited the festival during the past six days. The number is expected to increase in the coming days.
Mohammed Al-Safyan, the head of the committee, said the festival witnessed a remarkable turnout since its first hour, as huge numbers of visitors and Arab communities turned out, thanks to the diversity of its events and shows, presented by six Arab states that are participating through professional folk groups.
More than 120 events, enjoyed by all segments of society, accompany the festival that opens from 4-11 p.m.
Al-Safyan added that the executive committee is prepared to receive thousands of visitors, by increasing the number of volunteers, reaching more than 100, along with the secretariat’s security team.
He also said that the Levant nights, which lasted three days, had the biggest turnout so far with 15-20,000 visitors per night. This event included folk dances, food, songs and plays.
The festival will host Moroccan shows that start on January 16, and many other surprises in the coming days.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.