Aquarium hosts first-ever penguins in Saudi Arabia

Humboldt penguins live between 15 and 20 years, and can grow as high as 70 cm and weigh from 3.5 to 6 kg.
Updated 31 January 2018
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Aquarium hosts first-ever penguins in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Monday witnessed the introduction of penguins in Saudi Arabia for the first time, at Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah.
“We’re delighted to bring the first-ever group of penguins to Saudi Arabia,” Zaki Sadayo, executive manager of the aquarium, told Arab News at the unveiling of the new penguin tank.
Sara Al-Ghamdi, head of education at the aquarium, said the eight Humboldt penguins were born in Peru and range in age from 2 to 4 years.
Their previous home was the Parque Zoologico de Huachipa in Peru, where they were cared for from birth by zookeepers.
“Humboldt penguins live between 15 and 20 years, and can grow as high as 70 cm and weigh from 3.5 to 6 kg,” Al-Ghamdi told Arab News.
“The species is native to South America, mainly to the coasts of Chile and Peru. The aquarium has put great care and effort into designing and building a home that duplicates the penguins’ natural habitat,” she added.
“It took more than a year to create a world-class exhibit using the experience of different fields of expertise by national and international civil engineers, biologists, veterinarians and specialists in life-support systems from four continents.”
The aquarium contains more than 200 species of marine life from around the world, including sharks, stingrays, seahorses and jellyfish.
Fakieh is the only public aquarium in Saudi Arabia, offering education and entertainment programs on marine life for various age groups.
To date, the aquarium has hosted around 35,000 students from 192 schools, and more than 600 children with special needs from 10 care centers. In addition to the penguins, families can enjoy a dolphin and sea lion show every day.
 


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.