Record water pumping to end shortage

Updated 24 June 2012
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Record water pumping to end shortage

People across Saudi Arabia will not face any water shortage this summer as the Saline Water Conversion Corporation has decided to pump a total of 4.6 million cubic meters of desalinated water daily.
Abdul Rahman Al-Ibrahim, governor of SWCC, said his organization has completed all preparations to meet the growing demand for water and electricity during summer, adding that SWCC plants alone would supply 2.8 million cubic meters of water and 1,812 megawatts of electricity daily to the network.
Private suppliers including two barges would pump 1.8 million cubic meters of water daily, the governor said.
The SWCC plants in Alkhobar and Marafiq will supply 900,000 cubic meters daily to Eastern Province cities of Dammam, Hufouf, Dhahran, Abqaiq, Alkhobar, Qatif, Ras Tanura, Safwa and Saihat.
“Giving home connections is not the responsibility of the SWCC,” Al-Ibrahim said, adding that it would supply the requirements of water directorates in different regions and the National Water Company which currently looks after supply in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Taif.
He said Jubail desal plants can pump more than 1.1 million cubic meters of water to Riyadh, Qassim and Jubail. SWCC plants on the western coasts produce more than 1.3 million cubic meters daily, while Jeddah plants supply 350,000 cubic meters. Shuaiba plants produce 450,000 cubic meters daily to meet the needs of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif.

 


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.