MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar

The infrastructure phase of Masar comprises several key elements, including pedestrian underpasses and service tunnels 3,650 meters long and 320 meters wide.
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Updated 30 July 2020

MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar

Technology company MariMatic, which specialize in automated solid waste collection systems (AWCS) and vacuum conveying systems for underground waste collection, has secured a new order for supplying MetroTaifun systems to Makkah’s upcoming destination — Masar.

The project’s core components consist of walking boulevards lined with waste bins and more than 210 plots comprising hotels and apartment buildings connected to a pipe network. Umm Alqura for Development and Construction (UAQ) is the owner and developer of the Masar destination.

Waste is collected and transported directly through an underground pipe network by using vacuum conveying to a waste transfer terminal, eliminating noisy and polluting traditional waste trucks from the area. The waste eventually ends up in containers located in the waste transfer terminal. The system can collect up to 300 tons of waste per day.

The design, build and operate contract includes operation and maintenance until the end of 2030.

In addition, a new order with the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has been received, for the Mataf area within the Holy Mosque. This area will be connected to the world’s largest automatic waste collection system supplied by MariMatic. The recently secured contracts in Saudi Arabia are worth 60 million euros ($69.9 million).

The key to MariMatic’s energy-efficient AWCS is the usage of smaller diameter pipes, often 300 mm diameter “composite piping,” instead of the commonly used 500 mm carbon steel piping systems in the Middle East. The usage of smaller diameter pipes not only reduces energy consumption but achieves a longer life cycle of the systems due to the absence of corrosion. Interruptions of possible blockages are minimized, as the waste easily fills up the pipe, giving higher vacuum force for conveying. Development of MariMatic’s formator technology enables use of larger waste bags (250 liter) in 400 mm size piping, instead of 600 mm piping used by other companies.

MariMatic’s patented Ring-Line configuration allows change of air flow direction, to facilitate removal of possible blockages.

Recently, MariMatic also won a contract to supply automatic waste collection systems for a new neighborhood in Amsterdam. The public tender focused on technology, reliability, performance, quality, and a technical life cycle of 60 years. MariMatic’s technology and solutions achieved maximum scores.

MariMatic develops and markets vacuum pipe conveying systems. Development of the products and solutions began in 1983 and since then, more than 1,000 systems have been delivered to over 40 countries.

The infrastructure phase of Masar comprises several key elements, including pedestrian underpasses and service tunnels 3,650 meters long and 320 meters wide over an area of 1.25 million square meters.

This will be complemented by a rapid transit bus network and the Makkah Metro as well as car parks and bridges, connecting the destination to the western entrance of Makkah. Seventy-one percent of the bridge work has been completed with construction progressing as planned.


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.