SR2.2bn reservoir to solve Jeddah's water woes

Updated 18 August 2013

SR2.2bn reservoir to solve Jeddah's water woes

The National Water Company announced on Sunday that it was building a strategic water reservoir in Jeddah at a cost of SR2.2 billion with a capacity of 6 million cubic meters to meet requirements of the city’s growing population.
The water storage facility is being built in Briman. The project’s first phase, which is designed to supply 1.5 million cubic meters, will be ready by the second quarter of next year.
“Once the remaining three phases are completed, it will have a total capacity of six million cubic meters,” the NWC said.
“This strategic project will not only meet the water requirements of Jeddah, which has a population of nearly four million including expats, but also the seasonal needs, especially during Haj and Umrah,” said Badr Almotawa, a Saudi journalist and expert on water projects.
Almotawa said Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water and possesses advanced desalination technology. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology focuses on desalination technology as well as agriculture in desert land, he said. The Kingdom’s total desalinated water output has crossed five million cubic meters.
The NWC said it supplied 1.1 million cubic meters of water daily to Jeddah during Ramadan. “As a result of an advanced planning, we supplied water to Jeddah districts throughout Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holidays without any disruption,” it added.
The company’s toll-free No. 8004411110 has been receiving 10,644 calls on average daily for water trucks and to inform about water leaks and lack of supply. The Jeddah supply center deals with more than 2,000 water trucks daily, it pointed out.
The NWC has saved 314 million cubic meters of precious water valued at SR1.8 billion by preventing leakages in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Taif since 2009.
In Riyadh alone, the company saved 210 million cubic meters of water while in Jeddah and Makkah it reached 46 million and 50 million respectively. The company has repaired more than 256,000 pipeline leakage cases in the four cities since 2009, including 167,000 in Riyadh, 64,000 in Jeddah and 20,000 in Makkah.


Saudi gamers lead the way at Nexus e-sports festival

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Saudi gamers lead the way at Nexus e-sports festival

  • The 3-day festival ended with a spectacular performance by R&B singer Jason Derulo
  • The festival aims to promote electronic sports in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s EGZ was crowned champions in the main competition as American R&B star Jason Derulo ended the three-day Nexus gaming festival with a spectacular performance in Riyadh on Saturday.
The festival, an initiative of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA), was the first to be staged by Riot Games in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as part of its strategy to promote electronic sports in the region.
Hundreds of people gathered at Riyadh Boulevard to witness the finals of the six competitions based on the League of Legends, and to enjoy a variety of activities and attractions.
EGZ won $400,000 as part of the total $2 million prize fund after defeating Nasr Esports in the main 5v5 Summoners Rift competition.
Coach Paul Ouani said that the festival was a great learning experience for his team and he hopes Riot Games can build on this success.
“Having the Nexus festival here is a great decision. There is enormous potential in e-sports, especially in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. With many people watching online and live at venues, it will only get bigger,” he said
Other winners included Bassel (5v5 influencer final) and Abdulrahman Toxichill Bahmaid (1v1 champion).
As well as promoting gaming, the three-day festival also featured a music concert by US line-ups Mako and the Crystal Method, and a variety of entertainment.
Onur Tamer, METAI general manager of Riot Games, said: “As the first event on this scale for the region, it was a fantastic effort by the whole team. We have delivered something that the community has been expecting for a long time and it was great to see strong turnout during the three days.
“Attracting people of different ages is crucial in this region and we wanted to focus on three pillars — the gaming tournament, the festival area where the players would interact, and the musical experiences. We delivered that and everything was great, especially the cosplay, where a lot of people were interested.
“It is not just about gaming but going beyond that and opening League of Legends and e-sports to all people in this region,” he said.
“This event has shown that a lot of people have embraced the opportunity of visiting and learning more about League of Legends.”
Tamer said that future plans include an Arabic version of League of Legends.
“People want us to create a specific Arabic character, but it really depends on the creativity and bringing everything together to make it happen,” he said.