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 photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Updated 34 min 38 sec ago

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

  • Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture

MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.

“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.

He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid.

Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.

“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.

He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”

The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.

“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.

He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.

As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.

Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.

“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.

He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.

“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”

He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.

The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.