Saudi Arabia's Transport Ministry reports 33% decrease in road deaths in 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Transport Ministry reported a 33 percent decrease in the number of road accident deaths in the Kingdom during 2018 compared to 2017. (AFP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia's Transport Ministry reports 33% decrease in road deaths in 2018

  • The news was announced in a paper presented at the Gulf Traffic Conference in Dubai
  • He said that the main causes of traffic accidents that lead to death are reckless driving or drivers being preoccupied by something else

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Transport Ministry reported a 33 percent decrease in the number of road accident deaths in the Kingdom during 2018 compared to 2017.
The news was announced in a paper presented at the Gulf Traffic Conference, currently being held in Dubai, by the Director General of Safety Department at the ministry.
Mohammed Mesfer Al-Aboud presented the paper indicating that the decrease comes after the ministry’s implementation of several projects and initiatives to improve the quality of road safety.
The steps, he said are in line with Vision 2030, aiming to reach to only 8 deaths for every 100,000 citizens, compared to 26 deaths in 2015, on all the Kingdom’s roads.
Al-Aboud explained that the number of road accidents reached 13,221 in 2018, compared to 17,632 in 2017. Adding that the number of injuries had reached 1,075 during the current year, compared to 14,481 last year.
He said that the main causes of traffic accidents that lead to death are reckless driving or drivers being preoccupied by something other than the road, in addition to running over camels and tire explosions, as well as a lack of correct safety measures on vehicles.
He noted that the black points system has resulted in a decrease in the number of accidents, deaths, injuries and damage.
This has contributed to a financial return of SAR165 million.
He expected that the financial return in 10 years would reach SAR3.3 billion, while more than SAR6.6 billion could be collected during the same period if all black points were addressed.


Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. (Supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

  • The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021
  • SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is fast catching up with the world’s ever-growing energy and technology scene ahead of 2030. In fact, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) may soon prove a global destination for energy industry investors.

The new energy city mega-project is being developed by Saudi Aramco, which received authoritization to embark on the initiative in the summer, and is operated, managed and maintained in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON). 

With projections that the megacity will create more than 100,000 jobs, it is considered one of the most up-and-coming energy parks in the world.

SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower.

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. 

The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021, while the final phase of the project is set for completion in 2035. With all this on track, the 50-square-kilometer project is poised to be a magnet for foreign and domestic investment. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday. (SPA)

What’s more, Aramco’s espousal of SPARK will also help businesses indulge in technological development, manufacturing and exports channels and build a world-class energy supply chain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Energy Minister and Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih declared SPARK a special economic zone (SEZ) in which businesses can enjoy exclusive benefits. 

“We are looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser.

SPARK has already attracted investment from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion. 

The park is set to attract industrial investors in the water, power, petrochemical and wastewater sectors, among others. 

Facilities at SPARK will also help investors bridge gaps in local production back home, increasing competition in the long run. 

“This energy city is exciting because it brings together a multitude of businesses,” Mark McCollum, president and CEO of Weatherford Corp, told SPARK.

“We firmly believe that collaboration and cooperation among service companies and individual providers to the energy sector is vital in breaking new ground.”

The King Salman Energy Park is also set to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. With focus on energy production, it also provides opportunities for investment in residential and commercial real estate projects.

Nasser said that the “King Salman Energy Park will spur a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s already thriving sectors. What’s more, it will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies since Aramco is at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.”