Makkah’s Grand Mosque bridges studied to safeguard groundwater

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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 07 April 2019
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Makkah’s Grand Mosque bridges studied to safeguard groundwater

  • Digital modeling techniques employed to obtain images
  • Samer Schuman added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah

MAKKAH: The director of the Zamzam Studies and Research Center (ZSRC) said its geologists are studying the geological structure of the pedestrian bridges connected to Makkah’s Grand Mosque to ensure they do not affect the flow of groundwater.
Samer Schuman said work is being carried out to reduce the height of Jabal Al-Kaabah and Umm Al-Qura roads, which lead to the Grand Mosque, to ensure they do not affect the Ibrahim Valley Basin, which feeds the Zamzam well.
He added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah, as well as with specialized companies and offices, to process data collected on the hydrological system, geological features, and hydraulic properties of the sediment of the valleys and rocks at the site.
“The ZSRC employs advanced digital modeling technology to obtain an interactive 3D image that helps understand the interrelationship between the foundations of these projects and the movement of groundwater at the site,” he said.
“This helps reduce the negative impacts on the hydrogeological system that may appear in some sites, in addition to neutralizing the cumulative effect of these impacts on the resources feeding into the Zamzam well,” he added.
“This will be achieved by taking the most successful precautionary measures that can be implemented on a site-by-site basis.”


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.