IKEA Saudi Arabia opens 3 new locations in 1 week

The inauguration of the new IKEA store at Al-Salaam Mall in Jeddah.
Updated 27 May 2017

IKEA Saudi Arabia opens 3 new locations in 1 week

IKEA inaugurated three new locations recently — a new store at Al-Salaam Mall in Jeddah, and two Order and Collection Points (OCPs) in Qassim and Kharj. The three openings, which are part of an expansion plan by IKEA Saudi Arabia, took place on
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
The openings are in line with IKEA’s vision to “Creating a better everyday life for the many people” and its commitment to becoming more accessible to its customers.
IKEA Saudi Arabia CEO Saud Al-Sulaiman said: “We are always committed to getting closer to our customers, giving them a chance to enjoy a more convenient and comfortable life at home. Despite market challenges today, this bold move is evidence to IKEA’s belief in the Kingdom’s strong economy and the vigour of the retail industry.”
He added: “The opening of a new IKEA store in Al-Salaam Mall and two Order and Collection Points in Qassim and Kharj reflects our promise of making IKEA even more accessible to households in these cities and providing them the option to shop through different ways however and whenever they want.”
The new IKEA store at Al-Salaam Mall spans over 25,500-square meter and is located at the intersection of King Abdullah and Prince Majid roads.
The store caters to the needs of customers in the city’s southern part, hosting a showroom, a restaurant and a market hall — all on one floor. It is a new destination that complements the family-friendly experience provided by Al-Salaam Mall.
The store displays the full IKEA range with more than 7,000 articles. It has a play area for up to 100 children, and a restaurant that seats 400 people and serves a variety of delicious Swedish and international dishes. Services include home furnishing advice and planning, kitchen services, self-service, delivery and assembly, along with complementary benefits, such as a zero percent instalment plan and 90 days exchange and return policy.
IKEA customers in Qassim and Kharj will be able to browse IKEA’s website for a wide range of IKEA articles via the self-ordering area inside the OCP, where they can place an order online and pick up their items at their own convenience.


Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

An international team of KAUST researchers studied whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for ‘Rope Reef’), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian coast.
Updated 18 November 2019

Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50 percent in the past three generations. The whale shark is only two classifications from being extinct. Improvements and conservation efforts are in place, but there is still a long way to
go to protect these gentle underwater giants.
An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency using a combination of three scientific techniques: Visual census, acoustic monitoring and satellite telemetry.
Their six-year study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked long-term whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for “Rope Reef”), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea. The team monitored a total of 84 different sharks over a six-year period, and their results shed light on whale shark behaviors,
which could help to inform conservation efforts.
“The study takes years of passive acoustic monitoring data and combines it with previously published visual census and satellite telemetry data from the same individual sharks. The combined dataset is used to characterize the aggregation’s seasonality, spatial distribution, and patterns of dispersal,” said Dr. Michael Berumen, director of the Red Sea Research Center and professor of marine science at KAUST.

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An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency.

They found the aggregation to be highly seasonal, with sharks being most abundant in April and May, and that many of the sharks returned to the hot spot regularly year after year. The study also shows roughly equal numbers of male and female sharks using the site, something that could be unique to Shib Habil. These characteristics indicate that this site may serve an important function for the wider Indian Ocean population of this rare and endangered species.
“Using the combined dataset, we can show somewhat conclusively that the aggregation meets all of the criteria of a shark nursery. This is particularly relevant given that Shib Habil is the only site in the Indian Ocean to regularly attract large numbers of juvenile females. Growing late-stage adolescents of both sexes into full adulthood is critical for sustaining a species. Management of critical habitats like Shib Habil and other aggregations will likely be vital for future whale shark conservation,” said KAUST graduate Dr. Jesse Cochran, lead author of the study.
There is a combination of factors contributing to the decrease of whale shark populations world-wide, including targeted fishing, bycatch losses due to fisheries, vessel strikes from boat traffic, marine debris, and pollution.