$4.8 million for 63 water projects in Saudi Arabia's Tabuk

The total number of projects under implementation. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2018
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$4.8 million for 63 water projects in Saudi Arabia's Tabuk

  • The coverage of water networks has reached 100 percent, and 84 percent for sewage networks in populated areas

Tabuk has witnessed many achievements in the water sector in the past 12 months, including coverage of drinking water and wastewater networks, as well as reaching a number of districts and villages in different governorates of the region.
Among the most important were three new projects for drinking water and wastewater in Tayma, at a cost of SR26,197,440 ($6,985,984), recently inaugurated by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Tabuk region.
He also laid the cornerstone for three other projects worth SR15,696,000. The coverage of water networks has reached 100 percent, and 84 percent for sewage networks in populated areas.
The surface covered by drinking water networks has reached more than 3,500 kilometers and the length of sewage networks more than 1,300 kilometers.
The director general of the General Water Services Department in Tabuk, Saleh bin Khalaf Al-Sharari, told the Saudi Press Agency that the number of water networks reached 71,000 connections and 38,000 sewage connections, bringing the coverage rate to 97 percent for drinking water and 82 percent for wastewater.
Also, two wells were introduced to support water sources and supply the neighborhoods of Nazim wal Nahda 2 in Tabuk, bringing the total number of wells to 188 in the region with a capacity of 162,000 cubic meters on a daily basis and putting to work four water purification plants in other villages, reaching a total of 25 plants with a 7,250 cubic meters daily capacity.
Al-Sharari said that the Public Administration of Water Services in Tabuk has received 40 projects at a cost of SR815 million and signed 29 contracts for water and sanitation projects in the region at a cost of SR555 million, as well as a four dams contract at a cost of SR63 million.
The total number of projects under implementation include seven worth SR239 million under the National Transformation Program 2018 initiatives.


Role of Saudi Arabian Military Industries to enrich Kingdom’s defense capabilities hailed

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Role of Saudi Arabian Military Industries to enrich Kingdom’s defense capabilities hailed

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Thursday visited the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) pavilion at the Bahrain International Air Show 2018. The king was accompanied by Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov.
SAMI’s team gave a detailed presentation on the achievements and future plans of Saudi Arabia’s military industries. Initiatives launched by SAMI to develop the sector are part of efforts to realize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s goal of localizing 50 percent of Saudi military spending by 2030.
King Hamad and Kadyrov were shown the first model of the Avante 2200 corvette. Five Avante 2200 corvettes and combat management systems are being built for the Saudi Ministry of Defense.
The king praised SAMI’s rapid success, and expressed his admiration for the achievements and development projects of the military and air industries in Saudi Arabia.
The three-day show, held under the patronage of King Hamad, runs until Friday at the Sakhir Air Base in southern Bahrain. It was officially opened by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the king’s personal representative and chairman of the event’s organizing committee.
SAMI CEO Dr. Andreas Schwer said: “Our participation in the Bahrain International Air Show is aimed at highlighting SAMI’s growing military capabilities and showcasing our achievements in enhancing self-sufficiency in defense capabilities.”
“We are keen to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the show, and the promising investment prospects in Saudi Arabia’s booming military industries, in order to support the Kingdom’s vision of localizing more than 50 percent of military-equipment spending by 2030.”
Civil aviation
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation also signed a strategic partnership agreement with technology company Taqnia Space with the aim of developing cooperation in a number of areas and strengthening Saudi Arabia’s position in the field of aviation, regionally and internationally, in accordance with Vision 2030.
The agreement was co-signed by the authority’s chairman, Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, and Taqnia Space CEO Abdullah Al-Osaimi, on the sidelines of the airshow.
GACA has partnered with Taqnia Space to issue licenses for the installation of satellite communication systems on civil aircraft in the Middle East and North Africa, similar to the licenses issued by international organizations, and organize international expos in Saudi Arabia where passengers can try out new in-flight satellite and entertainment services.
Al-Osaimi said that this will create business opportunities and strengthen the Kingdom’s position in these specialized fields that offer advanced technologies related to civil aviation safety.
He added: “The UON pilot service was launched last week on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Riyadh to Geneva. This service, which will be available for passengers in the next few days, offers high-speed internet, and 3G and 4G services, in addition to live television broadcasts.”
Al-Tamimi said that the importance of the agreement lies in its contribution to promoting the construction of modern air-transport systems and infrastructure, and the development of effective procedures and practices to ensure a high-quality and safe flight environment that will make the authority a leader in civil aviation at the regional and international levels.
The agreement will help to achieve the aims of Vision 2030 and support the objectives of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 through the development of aviation services to ensure excellence of performance, he added.