KACARE charts future at nuclear forum in Vienna

King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) has taken part in a global forum on the use of nuclear technology in industry, agriculture and medicine. (SPA)
Updated 04 December 2018
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KACARE charts future at nuclear forum in Vienna

RIYADH: King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) has taken part in a global forum on the use of nuclear technology in industry, agriculture and medicine.
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
Participants highlighted the role of peaceful nuclear energy in driving economic growth, supporting sustainable development and meeting global energy needs.
Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan, KACARE president, said that the experience of specialists from the world’s leading countries in the nuclear energy sector offered immense benefits in the development of the Kingdom’s atomic energy program.
KACARE was established by the late King Abdullah in 2010 to build a sustainable future for the Kingdom through an alternative energy strategy supported by local industries.
With Saudi Arabia’s rapidly growing population placing increasing pressure on the country’s non-renewable hydrocarbon resources, the Kingdom is looking to alternative and sustainable sources of energy for power and production of desalinated water in a bid to reduce consumption of fossil fuel reserves.
A balanced mix of alternative and conventional energy is also considered strategically important to Saudi Arabia’s long-term prosperity, energy security and leading position in the global energy market.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.