Cleaning contracts for Jeddah worth SR 1.8 bn finalized

Updated 27 January 2013
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Cleaning contracts for Jeddah worth SR 1.8 bn finalized

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has signed nine contracts worth SR 1.8 billion with various companies to undertake cleaning operations in the Jeddah Municipality.
“The nine companies will start working in two months. The municipality is currently preparing detailed schedules and other details to be followed by each company,” spokesman for the municipality, Abdul Aziz Al-Nehari, told Arab News yesterday.
The contract period is five years.
“The entire city has been divided into nine areas and each company will undertake the full cleaning of one or two areas,” Al-Nehari said, adding that in the past, only three companies were entrusted with the cleaning of the whole city.
It is because of the growth of the city in terms of population and in the number of residential neighborhoods that more companies were contracted, he said.
Another company has been appointed to monitor and evaluate the work of the nine companies. This company will send daily and periodic reports about the performance of the cleaning companies to the city mayor, he said.
He added that a huge volume of garbage has been produced everyday in the city, mostly food and other garbage from residential houses. The three companies currently operating in the city are struggling hard to clean the huge volume of waste produced, he said.
“The volume of garbage produced in the city is continuously growing because its population is growing fast and translating into an increase in the number of streets and districts in the city,” the official said.
The city’s rapid growth is a challenge to the municipality to keep the city environmentally clean and safe, the official added.
“However, the municipality must tackle the challenge in such a manner that the level of cleanliness in the city is maintained at 100 percent always,” he said.
The city has witnessed a qualitative shift in the techniques of cleaning, he said.
Discarded garbage at spots other than garbage bins is noticeable at many locations. “But this practice is found in many other countries including advanced countries. A sense of cleanliness is related to the culture of the people,” the official said. He also urged people not to throw garbage from their cars onto the street.
“We must put all of our garbage in the municipal trash bins that can be found everywhere. If the bins are full, the waste should be put close to it without littering so that we can keep our city clean always," he said adding that it is the responsibility of the residents to help the municipality keep their neighborhoods clean.


China’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia praises King Abdulaziz Public Library

Updated 8 min 9 sec ago
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China’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia praises King Abdulaziz Public Library

  • Li stressed the importance of “the excellent relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China"
  • During his visit, the Chinese Ambassador toured the King Abdul Aziz Public Library and was briefed on the library’s different cultural perspectives

JEDDAH: China’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has praised the cultural role the Kingdom plays globally, as he toured the King Abdel Aziz Public Library.
Ambassador Li Huaxin expressed his happiness for visiting the library, which he said has worked in cooperation with the Chinese side, through one of its famed universities; the University of Beijing.
Li stressed the importance of “the excellent relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China and that they constitute excellent relations, pointing out that “the presence of a branch of the King Abdulaziz Public Library at Beijing University is significant and adds a new dimension to the joint cultural work.”
He also said that the project of establishing an Arab-Chinese knowledge portal is a remarkable development that will reflect the depth of the Arab-Chinese relations. He expressed hope that the project will realize the aspirations of both countries for further cooperation and interaction between the two cultures.
During his visit, the Chinese Ambassador toured the King Abdul Aziz Public Library and was briefed on the library’s different cultural perspectives and its comprehensive knowledge strategy. He also listened to a presentation by the Deputy General Supervisor of the Library, Dr. Abdul Karim Bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid.
The Chinese ambassador’s visit to the library comes within the framework of strengthening cultural relations between Saudi Arabia and China, particularly since the King Abdulaziz Public Library is preparing for the second meeting of the Board of Directors of its branch in China this weekend.
During the meeting, the board is expected to address the completion of its strategic plans and organizational arrangements to achieve the desired objectives of launching this cultural edifice in Asia, which will be chaired by the library’s general supervisor, Faisal Muammar.
The library’s branch was opened in March 2017, during a visit by the library’s deputy director-general, Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Zaid, to serve as a cultural center to promote the exchange of knowledge and culture between China and the Arab world, and to support the teaching of Arabic language in Chinese universities and provide electronic books and sources of information in Arabic , thus contributing to opening the horizons of scientific cooperation and knowledge.