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.


Cirque du Soleil prepares ground-breaking show in King Fahd Stadium

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Cirque du Soleil prepares ground-breaking show in King Fahd Stadium

RIYADH: A joint press conference between the MBC Group, the General Entertainment Authority, and Cirque du Soleil was held at King Fahd Stadium on Thursday afternoon to answer media questions and give some details about Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming special performance, part of Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day celebrations. The show is slated to be one of the biggest performed by the Cirque and their first in Saudi Arabia. It is a one-night-only, exclusive event, designed especially for this occasion.
Daniel Fortin, vice president of Creation at Cirque du Soleil, teased the audience with a few details of the upcoming show. “With a cast and crew of over 300, this is one of the biggest shows we’ve ever done,” he said.
“Without giving too much of the plot away, the story is centered around the sun, and takes place from sunset to sunrise. Everything from the costumes to the stage props was created as a homage to Saudi culture. You’ll see a lot of Bedouin influences in the staging and in the music. We drew inspiration from a variety of sources, such as traditional Bedouin tents, desert scenery, even the stadium itself.”
The show has been in development for six months, and the cast and crew have been preparing for the show at the King Fahd International Stadium since the beginning of August.
The show will contain new technology, and 16 unprecedented acrobatic acts. However, Fortin refused to share too many details. “You’ll just have to see what we have planned at the show.” He said. “But I think you will be impressed. We’re doing things we’ve never done before.”
Tickets to the show sold out in less than 48 hours after their release; an incredible feat as the show has allocated more than 27,000 seats for the performance. Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, spokesperson for the General Entertainment Authority, was pleased— but not entirely surprised— by the public’s reaction to news of the show. “We felt that variety in the types of events we brought to Saudi Arabia was important,” he said, “and we conducted a number of research workshops to determine what sort of events would be well-received by the public. Cirque du Soleil was mentioned frequently in our research, so we’re very happy to have had the opportunity to bring them here.”
MBC head of events Omar Al Radi also expects a big response to the televising of the show, which he estimates will break records. “We’re broadcasting the show live on both our local and international channels, such as those in Europe and in America.” he said.
“We’re expecting over 200 million views. Probably record-breaking numbers. MBC is proud to have been part of bringing this historic event to Saudi Arabia, and we can’t wait for you to see it.”