Moon should be visible after sunset on Sunday

In this July 6, 2015 file photo, a man fixes a mosque's minaret with a crescent moon symbol during the holy month of Ramadan in Jeddah. (REUTERS)
Updated 04 June 2016
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Moon should be visible after sunset on Sunday

ABHA: The director of the astronomical observatory at Majmaah University, Abdullah Al-Khudairi, said the Ramadan crescent this year will appear on Sunday evening 20 minutes after sunset, which is enough time for it to be observed by the naked eye.
He said any error in the signing of the crescent of Ramadan does not affect the sighting of the crescent of Dul Hijjah, as the lunar months adjust themselves.
He attributed the rejection of the Supreme Court of the testimony of some witnesses to problems and lack of trust in the observer. All those providing testimony are closely questioned by the judge about their sighting in detail, and must provide accurate descriptions of the crescent, shadows and proximity to the sun. Only matching testimonies are accepted.
He said the astronomical observatory in Hawtat Sadir follows general observation processes, noting that a unit called the Crescent Observation Unit specializes in monitoring the crescent moon in all months of the year, and the movement of the moon during each month. He said the observatory includes a professor from Cairo University and another from Helwan Observatory.
He said observers face many challenges these days with regard to sighting the entry and exit of Ramadan, including the presence of many people at the observation site.


Saudi Military Industries signs warships JV, corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Military Industries signs warships JV, corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

  • The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022
  • The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years

RIYADH: State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement with Spain’s Navantia to set up a joint venture in the Kingdom to build five warships, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
The deal is part of a wider framework agreed in April by Spain and Saudi Arabia for Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia to supply warships to the Gulf Arab state under a deal estimated to be worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

SPA said the agreement between SAMI and Navantia was for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 Corvettes under a program that would start this autumn, with the last unit due to be delivered by 2022. It gave no value for the deal.
In line with the contract, SAMI said the joint venture would “localize more than 60 percent of ships combat systems works,” including installation and integration in the Saudi market, perfectly aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, by localizing 50% of total military spending by 2030.
The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years, as follows: 1,100 direct jobs, more than 1,800 from the auxiliary industry, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs generated by other suppliers.
In this respect, the JV will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, software development, testing and verification, prototyping, simulation, modelling, and through-life support.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, said: “SAMI remains committed to being a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the establishment of this Joint Venture with Navantia will localize more than 60% of ship combat systems work including, installation, and integration, which contribute to the Kingdom’s objective to be at the forefront of shaping the local military industries ecosystem. We will continue to explore collaborations and leverage partnerships that meet our key mandate to localize more than half of the Kingdom’s total military spending.”
Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Chairman of Navantia, said: “Navantia is very happy with the signature of this contract that means a starting point for the collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Navantia is committed to contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 and will support the country in this endeavour. The JV between SAMI and Navantia is an opportunity to develop capabilities in the country and jointly explore future opportunities.”
For the Avante 2200 contract, the JV will be responsible, among others, of supplying the Combat System of all five ships. Corvettes 4th and 5th will be finalized and delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the JV will do the installation, integration and test of the complete Combat System.

Saudi Arabia’s top sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), launched SAMI last year as part of a government plan to diversify the economy, reduce reliance on oil export revenues and create jobs.
SAMI aims to contribute more than 14 billion riyals ($3.7 billion) to the country’s gross domestic product by 2030, according to SPA.