Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city

Saudi security forces wounded a man with suspected explosive vest Al-Bukayriyah. (Reuters/File)
Updated 16 August 2018
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Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city

  • Al-Harbi was wounded and taken to hospital
  • The spokesman said Al-Harbi had “adopted Daesh ideology”

JEDDAH: Saudi security forces neutralized a man who was wearing what looked like an explosive vest in the city of Al-Bukayriyah and wounded him in an exchange of gunfire, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in a statement early on Thursday.

Fawaz Abdulrahman Eid Al-Harbi exchanged fire with officers and escaped before being cornered near the Souk neighborhood. Security forces requested his surrender but he exited the vehicle instead wearing what appeared to be an explosive vest, and engaged in a shootout with officers.

Al-Harbi was wounded and taken to hospital. 

The spokesman said Al-Harbi had “adopted Daesh ideology” and had plotted a terrorist attack and a number of weapons were found in his possession.

No civilians or security officials were shot in the incident. 


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.