Makkah’s Grand Mosque bridges studied to safeguard groundwater

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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
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Samer added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 07 April 2019

Makkah’s Grand Mosque bridges studied to safeguard groundwater

  • Digital modeling techniques employed to obtain images
  • Samer Schuman added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah

MAKKAH: The director of the Zamzam Studies and Research Center (ZSRC) said its geologists are studying the geological structure of the pedestrian bridges connected to Makkah’s Grand Mosque to ensure they do not affect the flow of groundwater.
Samer Schuman said work is being carried out to reduce the height of Jabal Al-Kaabah and Umm Al-Qura roads, which lead to the Grand Mosque, to ensure they do not affect the Ibrahim Valley Basin, which feeds the Zamzam well.
He added that geologists are cooperating with the project management team at the Finance Ministry in Makkah, as well as with specialized companies and offices, to process data collected on the hydrological system, geological features, and hydraulic properties of the sediment of the valleys and rocks at the site.
“The ZSRC employs advanced digital modeling technology to obtain an interactive 3D image that helps understand the interrelationship between the foundations of these projects and the movement of groundwater at the site,” he said.
“This helps reduce the negative impacts on the hydrogeological system that may appear in some sites, in addition to neutralizing the cumulative effect of these impacts on the resources feeding into the Zamzam well,” he added.
“This will be achieved by taking the most successful precautionary measures that can be implemented on a site-by-site basis.”


G20 ready to limit effects of coronavirus on global economy, Saudi finance minister

Updated 23 February 2020

G20 ready to limit effects of coronavirus on global economy, Saudi finance minister

RIYADH: Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies agreed on Sunday to continue monitoring the risk from the coronavirus outbreak and to adopt appropriate policies to limit the global economic impact, Saudi Arabia's finance minister said.
The two-day gathering in Riyadh was dominated by growing concern over the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with the International Monetary Fund predicting it would shave 0.1 percentage point off global growth. 
During the meeting, which also included central bank governors heads of international and regional organizations, under the Saudi G20 Presidency, was chaired by Saudi finance minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and the Saudi Central Bank
governor Ahmed Al-Kholifey.
They also discussed the global economic outlook and possible policy responses to support growth and safeguarding against downside risks, as well as the priorities of the Saudi G20 presidency, under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.” 
They also addressed the tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy, utilizing the benefit of technology for infrastructure, developing domestic capital markets, and framing supervisory and regulatory issues for the digital era.