Riyadh hosts international water conference

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Saudi Arabia has achieved several successes in the field of water research. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia has achieved several successes in the field of water research. (SPA)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Riyadh hosts international water conference

  • UN studies estimate that 5.3 billion people will face water scarcity by 2025, signaling a global crisis that could be exacerbated by irregular distribution of rainfall

JEDDAH: Badran A. Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University (KSU), on Tuesday inaugurated the eighth International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments at the KSU’s headquarters in Riyadh.
The conference was organized by the Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research, the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Water Award, and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.
The two-day event is sponsored by Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh.
The chairman of the conference’s supervisory authority, Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Asheikh, delivered a speech in which he expressed pride in the international status reached by the water award, especially under the patronage of King Salman.
The chairman said attendees included many researchers, and 316 scientific papers were submitted from 34 countries, 105 of which were accepted.
The conference aims to try and solve problems related to the environment and water in arid and semi-arid regions of the world. 
The deputy minister of environment, water and agriculture, Mansour bin Hilal Al-Mushaiti, said the Kingdom is witnessing the launch of many pioneering development initiatives and projects in accordance with the Vision 2030 reform plan.
The Kingdom has achieved several successes in the field of water research, namely in developing a unified reference framework to achieve water sustainability and conservation, he added.
Al-Omar said: “It is normal to see the rapid development plans implemented by the Saudi government resulting in an increase in demand for water. These plans have been accompanied by great efforts to increase water resources and rationalize their consumption, particularly in the agricultural sector.”
He added: “I would like to commend the outstanding efforts made by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, with the adoption of several strategic plans.”
KSU has played an important role in the conservation of natural resources in the Kingdom through its strategic plans and initiatives, especially those related to the management and development of water resources, he said.
The Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research is conducting research, scientific studies and projects through the localization and development of modern technologies.
UN studies estimate that 5.3 billion people will face water scarcity by 2025, signaling a global crisis that could be exacerbated by irregular distribution of rainfall, a growing population at a rate of 90 million people per year, and increased water consumption.


Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

Updated 16 February 2019
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Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

  • The sailor was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea
  • Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters.
A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah (JMRCC) had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation.
He was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea.
The JMRCC located the boat, contacted its captain and liaised with a doctor at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital to provide medical guidance until the evacuation could be carried out.
Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort.
The patient was evacuated by helicopter and moved to Prince Mohammed bin Nasser Hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan, where he received medical treatment. He is in a stable condition.
The yacht was accompanied to Jazan, following coordination with the port’s administration.
The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.