Riyadh to install more LED streetlights

Updated 07 September 2015

Riyadh to install more LED streetlights

RIYADH: The Riyadh municipality has intensified its efforts to rationalize energy consumption in street lighting by increasing reliance on energy-saving (LED) systems and expanding the use of solar energy.
This comes as part of the governorate's plans to decrease the consumption of the electric power that is used for lighting the streets and squares of the capital.
As part of the plan, it will reduce the voltage during the late evening in order to trim down consumption by 30 percent. Additionally, older lighting systems will be replaced with mercury sodium lanterns, which will reduce consumption by another 35 to 40 percent.
The plan also introduces technical solutions to the problem of unpredictable lighting at terminal control stations, which results from the damage caused to photovoltaic cells through weathering. To do this, the city will install 'Astronomical Clocks', which will be programmed in advance to respond at sunset and sunrise. This is expected to reduce consumption by approximately 10 percent.
According to its report, the rationalization projects implemented already include the installation of a sophisticated system to control lighting networks remotely through the terminal control stations. These stations collect information from sensors installed on the columns of the lights and sends them automatically to the central control room which connects all of the lighting networks neighborhoods of Riyadh. This move reduces maintenance costs by making it easy to locate any faults in the network and to conduct follow-up repairs.
“These modern plans are being implemented across all lighting networks in all streets and squares. The LED systems have proven to be excellent in terms of energy efficiency, and can reduce consumption by more than 55 percent,” said the director general of the operation and maintenance center at Riyadh governorate, Abdullah Al-Shareif.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.