Saudi scientific research vessel ‘Najil’ launched in Jubail

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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
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The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. (SPA)
Updated 26 January 2019
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Saudi scientific research vessel ‘Najil’ launched in Jubail

  • The ship is equipped with the latest marine technology to carry out research work in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih on Thursday inaugurated a new scientific research vessel called “Najil,” during a ceremony at Jubail Commercial Port in the Eastern Province. The ship is equipped with the latest marine technology to carry out research work in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, and its crew’s responsibilities will include assessing fish stocks and studying the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems.
Al-Falih, who is also chairman of the board of directors of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their generous backing of the Saudi research and development sector.
The vessel will support scientific research being conducted by KACST on the Kingdom’s seas, Al-Falih said. “It also enables the Saudi universities, as well as national and international firms, to carry out maritime research throughout the year.
“KACST seeks to build national capabilities and skills in the field of maritime research, while maintaining maritime biodiversity in the Kingdom,” he added.
Contained within the ship’s five internal levels are two dry and wet laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, scientific equipment for monitoring weather and wave movements and for deep-sea sampling, plus technology to scan and map the seabed.


Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

Updated 20 April 2019
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Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

  • The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has began an operation to diminish the drone capabilities of the Houthi militia at a presidential palace camp in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi Arabia’s AlEkhbariya TV announced early Saturday.

Earlier this month, a Houthi workshop manufacturing unmanned drones and a launchpad were destoryed in a coalition strike.

The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities, and counter their efforts at launching attacks against the Kingdom.

On Apr. 3, five people were injured, including a woman and a child, when two Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia were intercepted and destroyed.

In early March, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force again shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward the Kingdom.