Work starts on ‘next-gen’ Saudi warship in Cadiz

The multirole vessels are designed for surveillance and maritime control, search and rescue, and providing assistance to other vessels during missions. (SPA)
Updated 03 October 2019

Work starts on ‘next-gen’ Saudi warship in Cadiz

  • $985m SAMI joint venture will boost Kingdom’s defense, tech capabilities

RIYADH: Work on the first of five Avante 2200 corvettes being built for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has begun with an official keel-laying ceremony in the Spanish port of Cadiz.

The high-tech surveillance and maritime protection vessels are being built as part of a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, and are due to be delivered by 2023, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Senior officials from Saudi Arabia and RSNF personnel headed by Rear Adm. Faleh Abdulrahman Alfaleh, deputy commander of the Western Fleet, attended the keel-laying ceremony. SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer, Navantia boss Susana de Sarria and SAMI-Navantia CEO Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan also took part.

The keel-laying is a landmark in the construction of the vessels, one of the key components in the agreement between SAMI and Navantia.

Schwer said: “Today’s event marks a milestone in our collaboration with Navantia as we endeavor to further strengthen the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ outstanding maritime capabilities through the manufacture of these five vessels.

“This project represents proof of concept for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision for the localization of 50 percent of military equipment spending by 2030.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• The five-year project will create jobs for 6,000 people, including 1,100 direct employees, more than 1,800 employees of Navantia’s auxiliary industries, and more than 3,000 indirect employees generated by other suppliers.

• The fourth and fifth corvettes will be completed within Saudi Arabia, contributing to the development of the Kingdom’s defense system through the transfer of technology and creation of new career opportunities.

He added: “By working together, SAMI and Navantia will boost the local content through the creation of thousands of highly skilled jobs in Saudi Arabia, accelerate the transfer of technology, and contribute to the Kingdom’s goals of building the indigenous military and defense industries.”

In addition to the construction of the vessels, the Avante 2200 project will include support for five years from the delivery of the first vessel, with an option for an additional five years.

SAMI-Navantia will provide combat system integration and installation as part of a landmark contract worth over €900 million ($985 million) agreed at the Defense and Security Equipment International 2019 exhibition at London’s ExCeL convention center in September.

System engineering and architecture, hardware design, software development, and the delivery of logistical support and training programs are included in the joint venture.

The five-year project will create jobs for 6,000 people, including 1,100 direct employees, more than 1,800 employees of Navantia’s auxiliary industries, and more than 3,000 indirect employees generated by other suppliers.

The fourth and fifth corvettes will be completed within Saudi Arabia, contributing to the development of the Kingdom’s defense system through the transfer of technology and creation of new career opportunities. Under the agreement, localization of the Kingdom’s tech capabilities is expected to grow by up to 60 percent, in line with the goals of Vision 2030.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2019

Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.

FASTFACT

Tickets available at ksa.thecolorrun.com, children go free!

Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!