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

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.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.