ACWA, Air Products to develop gas facilities

Updated 20 October 2012

ACWA, Air Products to develop gas facilities

ACWA Holding signed Monday a joint venture partnership with Air Products for the formation of a new company, ACWA Air Products Arabia.
The partnership was signed by Mohammed A. Abunayyan, ACWA Holding chairman, and Howard Castle-Smith, Air Products’ regional vice president tonnage gases Europe and Middle East.
According to them, the partnership will focus on the successful pursuit of large-scale industrial gas opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.
The partnership will support the Kingdom’s speedy economic development by achieving operational excellence, efficient resource utilization, enhanced capital efficiency and environmental protection through value added, innovative and best in global engineering solutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Abunayyan said: “Partnering with Air Products, one of the world’s largest owners and developers of industrial gases, is a strategic move for ACWA Holding to broaden its economic contribution as a major private sector developer for the Kingdom and GCC.”
He continued: “ACWA Holding’s track record as a leading regional owner and developer of facilities in power generation, water desalination and treatment, sewage water treatment, district cooling, and solar and waste management will enable the new joint venture to provide effective and competitive quality industrial gas facilities to serve the region’s hydrocarbon and industrial markets.”
Speaking on his part, Castle-Smith said: “The new venture with ACWA Holding complements Air Products’ existing presence in the Kingdom and the GCC, providing a strong platform to further grow our business there by partnering with prime Saudi industrial investors and developers.”
The new company, ACWA Air Products Arabia, also complements Air Products’ long-standing relationship with Abdullah Hashim Industrial Gases & Equipment Co. Ltd., a company of the privately owned Abdullah Hashim Group based in the Kingdom.
Air Products has been serving the Middle East for over 50 years, and already operates a helium and cylinder gas filling and distribution facility, as well as a specialty gases center in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. Air Products has offices in Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai, and works closely with the region’s petrochemical, gasification and refining industries. It has built, owned and operated air separation units and hydrogen production plants throughout the Middle East.
The new company will add to the success of ACWA Holding as a leading regional infrastructural developer in many areas specializing in power and water and attained remarkable success in just a few years.
ACWA Holding recognized the rapidly growing demand for power and water in Saudi Arabia and identified the benefits that could be gained by both the public and private sectors from the privatization of these two sectors.
Since its founding, ACWA Holding has developed an integrated strategy of diversification into complimentary infrastructure activities including utilities and water management; district cooling; pipe, aluminum and chemicals manufacturing; and industrial mining. More recently, ACWA Holding widened its activities into other infrastructure-related businesses such as the development of privately owned industrial cities, facilities management, and transportation with considerable success in the areas of air cargo and the expansion of the Saudi transportation network and logistics in particular.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.