Najeeb Auto bags Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia

The launch of a partnership between Najeeb Auto and Suzuki Motors was celebrated in a ceremony recently.
Updated 19 June 2019

Najeeb Auto bags Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia

Najeeb Auto and Suzuki Motors recently celebrated the launch of their partnership after Najeeb Auto was officially announced as the authorized dealer of Suzuki vehicles in the Kingdom.

The ceremony was attended by Najeeb bin Abdullatif Alissa, chairman of Najeeb Auto, and senior executives of Suzuki Motors, in addition to a large number of automotive enthusiasts and media persons. 

Alissa spoke about the importance of the company’s acquisition of the Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia, highlighting the Japanese brand’s well-established reputation in the automotive sector around the world. He said the relationship will develop into a long-term strategic partnership, with a priority to provide a distinguished customer service at all levels in sales, maintenance and spare parts services.

“We are very optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s economy and the size of the growing demand for the automotive sector,” Alissa said.

“One of the most important priorities we have put in place is the recruitment and training of national human resources in a way that supports our national economy in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to bolster the recruitment of effective national manpower and investing in them as part of a well-developed expansion plan. We have already finished processing the first phase of the sales rooms and service centers in Jeddah and soon Riyadh and Dammam will follow, God willing,” he added.

Koichi Suzuki, general manager at Suzuki Motors Middle East and Africa, said: “We have no doubt that Najeeb Auto’s extensive experience in the automotive world has encouraged us to enter into a strategic partnership with them and we are confident that the Suzuki brand will be served in an advanced and highly professional manner that suits its ancient history under the umbrella of Najeeb Auto and we are also confident that the presence of this brand will be effective and widespread in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “For our part, we will provide all the technical and logistic support in addition to our quest to provide the best models required for the Saudi market, including Dzire, Ertiga, Baleno, X Cross, Vitara, Ciaz and Swift.

“We are optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s economy and the demand volume for the automotive sector in particular, and we will strive to be among the best and most requested brands in this market.”


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.