To return to Saudi is an honor and a privilege, says Australian ambassador

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Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. (AN Photo)
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Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. (AN Photo)
Updated 12 September 2018
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To return to Saudi is an honor and a privilege, says Australian ambassador

RIYADH: Ridwaan Jadwat, the newly appointed Australian ambassador to the Kingdom, expressed his pleasure at being back in Saudi Arabia, when he visited the Arab News headquarters in Riyadh. “I came back 15 years after my first posting in 2003. Everyone’s first posting has a special place in their heart as a diplomat. I learned a lot during my first posting here and I was keen to come back. It’s a great honor and privilege for me to come back as the ambassador of Australia.”
He was greeted by Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas and given a tour of the new Arab News Riyadh office.
The ambassador, who arrived two months ago, said he could see how society is transforming itself and the evidence of that in Riyadh specifically. He noted the social and cultural changes, such as women taking on a much more significant and prominent place in the country, which he has “been struck by.”
“I really want to work with my team here to build and enhance our relationship ... to see where Australia can support Saudi with Vision 2030 and with some of the other ambitious projects.
“It’s an exciting time for us to work with Saudi Arabia on economic and trade issues.”
Noting that Saudi wants to look beyond oil, the ambassador said: “Australia has a great deal of expertise and experience in things like mining and minerals technology. Saudi Arabia has a great deal of potential in unexplored territory in terms of mining. Australia is a mining superpower.”
Touching on the subject of tourism, he said he “would love to see the number of Saudis visiting Australia as well as studying there increase dramatically.” As the Saudi tourism industry is opening up to the world, he said he would “love to see more Australians visit Saudi.” He had the chance to tour many historical sites in Saudi Arabia and commented on how significant they are.
Only two days ago he visited Al-Masmak fort and Al-Deira souk in Riyadh. “I think people would really appreciate the cultural and historical sites, and Saudi Arabia has a lot to offer,” he said.


Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

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Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

  • Saudi government takes special measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques
  • Zamzam water is drawn from a 30-meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: The very mention of the word “Zamzam” evokes a feeling of awe in the hearts of the faithful. Zamzam water is considered holy in Islam. 

It is found in a 30 meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, about 20 meters east of the Kaaba. The water is believed to possess healing qualities, and is treated with reverence by all Muslims.

The Saudi government takes special measures to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques all year round, and to pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.

In addition to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, the Zamzam bottling plant operates with a separate mission under the United Office of Zamazemah in Makkah.

Zamzam water is produced by the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, which is operated by the National Water Co., and whose new bottling plant can produce up to 30,000 liters per hour.

The construction of the new plant began in 2014. Originally consisting of two production lines, a third was added in 2017, which massively increased production capacity. With the water being dispensed into 200 milliliter bottles, it means that the plant can produce well in excess of 150,000 bottles per hour. 

The bottles are then distributed to pilgrims upon arrival in Makkah, and, under the Zamzam Water Additional Services program, are also made available near the central area of Makkah’s Grand Mosque and in other holy places, such as Mina and Arafat. 

Two further expansion phases are currently underway at the site, which also houses its administrative center, including the management and marketing departments.

Two weeks ago, meanwhile, the Saudi Shoura Council approved a new project proposal by Arbab Al-Tawaif Establishments. The project will aim to enhance the competence of employees in Hajj and Umrah services. 

It will also look to restructure Arbab Al-Tawaif, and transform its establishments from individual institutions into companies, working to ensure they provide better standards of service to pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia.