Meshal Al-Harasani, Saudi inventor and adviser at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah

Meshal Al-Harasani
Updated 14 June 2019

Meshal Al-Harasani, Saudi inventor and adviser at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah

Meshal Al-Harasani is a Saudi inventor who is also an adviser at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU), Jeddah.

With an MBA from the University of Business and Technology, Al-Harasani did studied at Harvard University in 2013, and joined the International Visitor Leadership Program at the US Department of State a year later. He has also spent time studying at King’s College, London and the University of Middlesex.

He is a member of the American Society of Inventors, chairman of the Committee for International Cooperation and executive member at the Arab League’s Arab Youth Council.

Al-Harasani is currently working on creating a digital tool for the visually impaired to facilitate reading the Holy Qur’an.

For the 30-year-old inventor, it is the latest in a series of creations he has been making since he was 13. It is an electronic board with 28 characters, each character with six braille letters, and the board page contains 28 rows.

With this new creation, the visually impaired can read the Qur’an and navigate through the pages easily.

Al-Harasani, who is credited with more than 50 inventions in various humanitarian and social fields, is also member of a team of Saudi inventors who came up with an innovation that can generate electricity for NEOM City.

In January this year, he announced the completion of the first phase of the invention, designed to produce electricity from kinetic energy, or the energy from motion of vehicle tires passing on the road.

The design involves ramp-steps integrated in the pavement with turbines operating to harvest energy from car tires passing over them.

Energy generated from the pressure and speed of vehicles in traffic is then converted to electricity.

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 52 min 21 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony would be held in honor of Putin and various agreements would signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia, Al-Arabiya reported.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.