KSA set to get 48 German patrol boats

A German fast patrol boat TNC 35 is shown in this photo from the Lürssen company's website. Lürssen is making of of such patrol boats for Saudi Arabia. (Courtesy of Lürssen website)
Updated 04 August 2016
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KSA set to get 48 German patrol boats

RIYADH: Germany is all set to supply 48 patrol boats to Saudi Arabia within the framework of its border security project.
The first patrol craft will arrive soon as controversies surrounding the export of defense and security equipment to the Kingdom have begun to die down, said Dieter Walter Haller, German ambassador, on Wednesday.
Haller said the patrol boats would be supplied to the Kingdom in a staggered schedule.
Speaking to Arab News, he pointed out that Germany's Bremen-based dockyard, Luerssen, has already started building 15 patrol vessels for the project's first phase. The vessels are aimed at protecting the huge Saudi coastal region.
The patrol boats to be procured under the current contract come in two forms. The first are the 'TNC 35' models, which are 35-meter-long and are propelled by two diesel engines with a combined output of 7,800 kilowatts. The boat can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. The second models, 'FPB 38' are 38-meter-long and can reach speeds of up to 31 knots.
He said a Shoura Council delegation would visit Germany later next month with the aim of expanding cooperation in parliamentary affairs and legislature. Shoura members will interact with the members of the Bundestag, the 630-member German parliament.
He said his mission would be to “strive hard to boost links in various sectors, especially in the fields of economy, defense and culture.”
To this end, he added that the Kingdom is an important partner for Germany: “As G20 members, close coordination between our two countries is becoming ever more important, as Germany will hold the G20 presidency next year.”
In fact, the G20 summit under the German presidency is scheduled to be held on July 7th and 8th next year in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.
On the cultural front, Dieter pledged to work closely with Saudi agencies to forge stronger ties. In this context, he noted the successful participation of Germany as guest country in Janadriyah earlier this year.
Indeed, cultural engagement will be a priority for the two countries moving forward, as Germany has become more diverse culturally and in terms of religion, with more than four million Muslims living in the country today. Beyond this, the diplomat fondly recalled the high-profile Saudi cultural exhibition entitled the “Roads of Arabia” that was staged in Berlin in 2012 with the aim of demonstrating the archeological richness, values, and heritage of the Kingdom.


Innovation in manufacturing and communication the focus for Tanween's second weekend

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Innovation in manufacturing and communication the focus for Tanween's second weekend

AL-DHAHRAN: Innovation in manufacturing and communication are the focus on Thursday and Friday at the second weekend of Tanween by Ithra, a 17-day gathering of the brightest and most creative minds in Saudi Arabia.
Following the overwhelming turnout of students and professionals from all over the Kingdom at the launch weekend, the Creativity Season’s second weeke program focuses on manufacturing and communication and is designed for Saudis to be inspired by influential speakers from around the world, engage in hands-on futuristic workshops, as well as be creative by transforming their ideas to reality.

The Tanween Talks will introduce bold, innovative concepts and trends from artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual media. Science and fiction come together in presentations from biodesign pioneer and STEM innovator Natsai Chieza; and Professor Manfred Hild, a global research leader in humanoid robotics. Workshops including “Future as Big as Your Imagination” and “Saudi After Oil” will further provoke, stimulate and prepare audiences for a rapidly evolving future, as the impact of technology takes effect. The weekend will also present visitors with the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be a creative entrepreneur and turn their ideas into reality with the “Design, Manufacture and Go to Market” workshop.
Family-friendly shows, exhibits and installations featuring future technologies will run the duration of the Creativity Season. Slava’s Snow Show, an award-winning Russian theatrical performance combining pathos and comedy for all ages will round off the weekend that will also feature performances such as Bamboo Nonsense Instrumental Show and Project 2, a live spontaneous science fiction theater.
Site-specific installations such as “Sketch Aquarium” at the Children’s Museum will pop up as part of the Creativity Season, presenting visitors of all age groups a unique opportunity to interact, observe and enjoy the works of art that have been curated to celebrate the first edition.
At Ithra’s Great Hall, 25 outstanding examples of work from the world of art, technology, science and fashion — including a Tilt Brush interactive experience by Google, Studio Drift’s free-floating concrete monolith Drifter and Studio Swine’s multi-sensory waterfall — will offer fresh insights into contemporary design, encouraging visitors to explore new possibilities and discover new perspectives.
The second week will also see a colorful celebration of daytime fireworks on Friday at 4.00pm. The event will be open for public free of charge and will take place at Ithra Lush Gardens.

Tickets & Pricing
Tanween Talks
Tickets to Tanween Talks are priced at SAR 35 for a day pass allowing ticket holders to attend an unlimited number of talks on the day. Tanween Talks attendees must be at least 14-years-old.

Tanween Exhibits
Day pass tickets to ‘Sense and Sensibility’ Exhibit in the Great Hall are priced at SAR 25 for adults and SAR 15 for children. Museum tickets are priced at SAR 35 for adults and SAR 10 for children. A Tanween Exhibits Ticket provides visitors access to both the Great Hall and the Museum at SAR 50 for adults and SAR 25 for children.

Workshops
Workshops are categorized as Inspire, Enthusiast and Premium.
Inspire workshops are free.
Enthusiast workshops are priced at SAR 100 per workshop.
Premium workshops are priced at SAR 200 per workshop.
Workshop attendees must be at least 16-years-old.
Special workshops for children between 6- and 10-years are available. Please refer to www.ithra.com for more information.

Children’s Museum
Tickets to the Children’s Museum are priced at SAR 55 for children and SAR 20 for adults.