Crashed crane came from Germany, and not China

Updated 15 September 2015
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Crashed crane came from Germany, and not China

JEDDAH: The ill-fated crane that crashed in the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday claiming 111 lives was made in Ehingen, Germany.

This demolishes rumors on social media in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that it was made in China.
Responding to questions from Arab News on Monday, Kristian Kueppers, corporate communications chief at the Liebherr Group, said his company was extremely saddened by the tragic accident and the fatalities and injuries, and sent its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.
He said there are approximately 30 cranes of this type in operation worldwide. “The most powerful crawler crane in the world of conventional design is our LR 13000,” he said.
“There can be different reasons for the collapse of a crane," he said. “To provide a conclusive statement on the part of Liebherr is impossible at the moment. We do not want to indulge in any guessing. We want to wait for the results of the official investigations.”
On whether such cranes are geared to stand in fierce weather, Kueppers said: “There are clear instructions in the manual on how to secure a crane under different weather conditions.”
On the duration required to assemble such a crane at a project site, he said: “It depends on the configuration and the expertise of the team.”
There have been umpteen photographs in the media showing the Liebherr crane with its base tipped forward and its superstructure leaning into the mosque where it struck.
On Monday, a team of engineers from Saudi Binladin Group was cutting through the machine to disassemble it. Engineers said it would take six days to remove it.
Cranes are mostly yellow and the general assumption was that the red-colored ones are from China and yellow from Germany.
However, Kueppers clarified that “there was no special significance to any particular color.”


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.