Riyadh hosts pan-Arab media meetings

The sessions will be organized in partnership with the Saudi Media Ministry as part of celebrating Riyadh as the Arab Media Capital for 2018-2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Riyadh hosts pan-Arab media meetings

  • Saudi Arabia affirmed the importance of media strategies to combat extremism

JEDDAH: The 92nd session of the Arab Media Standing Committee and the 10th session of the Arab Information Ministers’ Council Executive Office will be held in Riyadh from Jan. 7-9, the Arab League’s Secretariat General announced on Sunday.
The sessions will be organized in partnership with the Saudi Media Ministry as part of celebrating Riyadh as the Arab Media Capital for 2018-2019, the Secretariat General said.
It added that its delegation will be headed by Badr Al-Din Alali, secretary-general of the Arab League’s Social Affairs Sector.
Among the issues that the meetings will discuss are the Palestinian cause, Arab media strategies, and the Arab League’s participation in the 50th Cairo International Book Fair this year, he said.
The Executive Office is chaired by Saudi Arabia. Its members include Jordan, the UAE, Tunisia, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Egypt, and the Arab League’s Secretariat General, whose delegation includes Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the Technical Department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia affirmed the importance of media strategies to combat extremism.


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.