Saudi contestant showcases ‘crawler robot’ on science show

Saudi contestant showcases ‘crawler robot’ on science show
Mohammed Albumijdad, a Saudi national robotics team member, is competing in the 15th season of the “Stars of Science” television show. (SPA)
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Updated 04 October 2023
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Saudi contestant showcases ‘crawler robot’ on science show

Saudi contestant showcases ‘crawler robot’ on science show
  • The robot can walk on vertical surfaces in order to carry out complex tasks
  • “Stars of Science” is broadcast every Friday at 9 p.m. on a variety of international, regional and local broadcasters

RIYADH: Mohammed Albumijdad, a Saudi national robotics team member, is competing in the 15th season of the “Stars of Science” television show.
Albumijdad’s innovative project “Crawler Robot for Vertical Surfaces” is one of more than 3,000 innovations.
Albumijdad, who studied mechanical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and holds a master’s degree in robotics and autonomous intelligent systems engineering, said that the project took three years to develop.
The robot can walk on vertical surfaces in order to carry out complex tasks, such as inspecting dams and skyscrapers, as well as detecting cracks in bridges and cleaning hard-to-reach windows.
“Stars of Science” is broadcast every Friday at 9 p.m. on a variety of international, regional and local broadcasters, including Alrai Alsumaria and YouTube.
Finalists will be announced in the sixth episode on Oct. 13, and the winner will be determined through online voting.
Albumijdad expressed his appreciation to the Saudi Federation for Robotics and RC Sports for their support, which has enabled him to represent the Kingdom in several international competitions.
“Stars of Science,” an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, aims to encourage Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their communities, benefitting people’s health and helping to preserve the environment.


Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh

Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh
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Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh

Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh
  • A presentation showcased the journey of the participants during the program and highlighted the activities they took part in
  • Commission CEO Sumayah Al-Solaiman delivered a speech highlighting the commission’s “unwavering commitment” to investing in the development of Saudi architects and designers

RIYADH: The Architecture and Design Commission concluded the first Design Leadership Program with a ceremony in Riyadh attended by architecture and design experts, as well as program participants.

A presentation showcased the journey of the participants during the program and highlighted the activities they took part in, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Commission CEO Sumayah Al-Solaiman delivered a speech highlighting the commission’s “unwavering commitment” to investing in the development of Saudi architects and designers.

Improving the skills of Saudis in the industry will allow them to become influential leaders, she added.

The developer of the Creative Leadership Course at the Future London Academy, Matt Hexemer, said in a speech that the Saudi program is a “pioneering initiative” that nurtures the Kingdom’s talents and fosters creativity.

Dialogue sessions were held at the ceremony, led by prominent speakers including Sarah Fayad, strategy and urban design senior manager at The Line in NEOM; and Ali Al-Shuaibi, president and founder of BEEAH Planners, Architects and Engineers Co.

The commission launched the program in May to cultivate the leadership skills of architects and designers, bolster their capacity to lead projects, and foster an environment that promotes collaboration in the local architecture and design community.


Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy
Updated 24 July 2024
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Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Saud Al-Sati received in Riyadh on Wednesday representatives from the office of the UN special envoy for Syria.

Al-Sati discussed the latest developments in Syria in a meeting with Chief Political Affairs Officer Robert Dunn and Political Affairs Officer Marwa Fouad, the ministry said on its official account on X.


More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief
Updated 24 July 2024
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More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

RIYADH: A water supply and environmental sanitation project in Yemen by Saudi aid agency KSrelief has continued to improve conditions for those living there.

From June 19-25, some 1,033,550 liters of drinking water and 10,849,000 liters of non-drinking water were provided in Hajjah. The project group worked in the Midi, Haradh, Hayran and Abs districts, as well as As-Ashour camp in the Razih area of Saada.

There were 38 trips to remove waste from displaced people’s camps, while in Saada 70,000 each of drinking and non-drinking water were pumped through, to the benefit of 30,100 people.

KSRelief pumps over 12 million liters of water into Yemen as part of water and sanitation project. (SPA)

KSrelief also launched a volunteer medical project for ear, nose, and throat surgeries and tumor removal in Mukalla, in the province of Hadhramaut.

The initiative, which started on July 20 for one week, involves 22 volunteers from various medical specialties. To date, the medical team has successfully performed 60 specialized surgeries.

Meanwhile, in Sudan, KSrelief concluded its project for urological surgeries in Port Sudan. The week-long scheme involved 11 volunteers with 119 successful specialized surgeries being carried out. 

KSrelief concluded the voluntary medical project for urological surgeries in Port Sudan. (SPA)

 


Saudi provides food aid to Sudan, Yemen

Saudi provides food aid to Sudan, Yemen
Updated 24 July 2024
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Saudi provides food aid to Sudan, Yemen

Saudi provides food aid to Sudan, Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief has continued to provide food to vulnerable families in Sudan and Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

In the River Nile state of Sudan, 1,200 boxes of food were given to 6,900 individuals affected by the ongoing conflict in the country.

In the Al-Mansoura district of Yemen’s Aden governorate, KSrelief handed out 413 boxes of food for 2,891 individuals, as a part of its continuing aid project in the war-torn country.


July 21: World’s hottest day since records began

July 21: World’s hottest day since records began
Updated 24 July 2024
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July 21: World’s hottest day since records began

July 21: World’s hottest day since records began
  • Last Sunday was hottest day ever recorded
  • Saudi experts say Kingdom can cope

MAKKAH: Last Sunday was the hottest day measured globally since records began in 1940, climate scientists said on Tuesday.

The global average surface air temperature on July 21 was 17.09C, just above the previous record of 17.08C registered on July 6, 2023. “The Earth has just experienced its warmest day,” said the Copernicus Climate Change Service, the EU’s climate monitor.

Service director Carlo Buontempo said: “We are now in truly uncharted territory and as the climate keeps warming, we are bound to see new records being broken in future months and years.”

Despite the global heat spike, meteorologist Abdulaziz Al-Hussaini told Arab News that temperatures in Saudi Arabia were within their normal annual range. “Observers of Saudi weather patterns are not seeing anything out of the ordinary, even as other nations like Japan report record-breaking temperatures,” he said. “June was actually hotter than what we have experienced in July so far.”

Another weather expert, Walid Al-Haqeel, said that while both June and July had elevated temperatures worldwide, July was notably hotter with more high-temperature days.

Comparing with previous years, he said, “2022 and 2023 had similar heat patterns, but this year there were more hot days, especially in southern Europe, parts of America, the Middle East, Turkey, Bosnia, and Azerbaijan.”