Saudi Arabia on track to become global solar leader

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The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reaffirmed its plans to transform Saudi Arabia’s power sector11th Annual Arab Energy Forum held in Marrakesh. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reaffirmed its plans to transform Saudi Arabia’s power sector11th Annual Arab Energy Forum held in Marrakesh. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reaffirmed its plans to transform Saudi Arabia’s power sector11th Annual Arab Energy Forum held in Marrakesh. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reaffirmed its plans to transform Saudi Arabia’s power sector11th Annual Arab Energy Forum held in Marrakesh. (SPA)
Updated 03 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia on track to become global solar leader

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources reaffirmed its plans to transform Saudi Arabia’s power sector to be more diversified, sustainable, competitive and efficient, in accordance with Vision 2030.
Contrary to recent media reports, the ministry, alongside the Public Investment Fund (PIF), SoftBank and other Kingdom’s stakeholders, is continuing to work on a number of large-scale, multibillion-dollar projects relating to the solar industry.
The long-term goal of these investments is to manufacture 200GW of PV capacity by 2030. Investors, technical advisers and contractors have been invited to take part in this program. Plans are also underway to develop shorter-term pilot projects.
Further detailing the ministry’s role, during the 11th Annual Arab Energy Forum held in Marrakesh, Abdulrahman Abdulkareem, adviser to the energy minister, outlined the Kingdom’s plan to become a global leader in solar energy and to develop $200 billion of investment opportunities in this promising sector.
The ministry has also outlined the power sector transformation plan which will comprise three main components: Restructuring the power market to enhance its competitiveness for consumers and its attractiveness for private-sector investments; Transitioning the Kingdom’s fuel and technology mix to include a significant capacity of renewables, primarily solar, but also wind; Investing, industrializing and localizing the full-value chain of the power industry for domestic and export-oriented manufacturing of conventional power components and services as well as new technologies.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.