Saudi Arabia stresses on importance of media in promoting coexistence at UN meeting

Saudi Arabia’s Halla Al-Otaibi, second secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, affirmed that the role of media outlets is ‘becoming more important’ in combating extremism. (UN Photo / Ryan Brown)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia stresses on importance of media in promoting coexistence at UN meeting

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has stressed on the importance of the role media can play in disseminating concepts of coexistence.
Saudi Arabia’s Halla Al-Otaibi, second secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, affirmed that the role of media outlets is “becoming more important” in combating extremism.
Speaking before the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee, Al-Otaibi highlighted how the Kingdom uses media to shed light on its economic, social and cultural messages through modern media tools reflecting the globalism of Saudi citizens.
She stressed on how it is important not to allow rebel militias to use social media platforms to spread hatred and violence.
Al-Otaibi added that the Kingdom seeks to consolidate the approach of moderation and the values of mastery, justice, transparency and rejection of terrorism, as well as spreading a dialogue of peace.
She added that the Kingdom established the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal) to confront “the enemies of humanity, in fighting extremist ideology, spreading the principles of tolerance and moderation, and promoting opportunities for world peace.”
She concluded that Saudi Arabia supports UN efforts in order to achieve its supreme purposes and goals of the Sustainable Development Plan 2030.


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.