Water leak repairs save SR 600 million

Updated 11 December 2012
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Water leak repairs save SR 600 million

More than 97 million cubic meters of water have been saved this year in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, and Taif as a result of water leak repairs, said a spokesman from the National Water Company (NWC).
This amounts to SR 600 million. In Riyadh only, water savings reached 52 million cubic meters, while in Jeddah 13 cubic meters of water was saved, and lastly, in Makkah and Taif 27, 4 million cubic meters respectively were spared.
The company said it used modern technologies to detect invisible water leaks. For the first time in the Middle East, audio equipment and radars were used to examine water networks, as well as Helium, for the observation and detection of leakages. The use of the latest and most advanced equipment in water leakage detection has led to prompter repairing of breakages in water networks. Moreover, the company seeks to achieve its objectives to preserve water by providing extensive programs to detect seen and unseen water leaks, improving overall performance and addressing environmental issues according to accredited technical standards. This comes with the aim of increasing operational efficiency in the sector and reducing expenditures. In addition, it aspires to improve the management of demand on water according to international performance rates.
Since its establishment three years ago, the company managed during this short period to minimize the amount of wasted water through the nationalization of technology and the use of a package of modern technical programs. All these indicators, and technical data, suggest the overall improvement in the sector’s performance and the achievement of the company’s goals.
It is worth mentioning that the company achieved 67 million cubic meters (SR 400 million) in savings last year as a result of water leak repairs in Riyadh and Jeddah.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”