Police looking for suspects in rape case

Updated 18 July 2012

Police looking for suspects in rape case

Saudi police are searching for a man and his son in connection with the rape and torture of a Filipino woman in Turaif, a small city in northern Saudi Arabia.
The victim, who is believed to have been sexually assaulted by her employer’s son, has been rescued and is currently in custody at the Philippine Embassy.
The embassy said that it learned of the case only on July 8.
Ezzedin Tago, the Philippines ambassador, refused to share more information about the case.
The victim, who has not been identified, is now staying at the embassy’s Bahay Kalinga temporary rescue shelter, said the embassy in a statement on its website.
She was immediately turned over to embassy officials after her complaint was filed with the police.
The statement said the employer and his son are on the run and their whereabouts are not known.
The statement added an embassy team went to Turaif in northern Saudi Arabia to verify reports that the woman was raped and to rescue her.
The team arrived at the employer's house on July 10 accompanied by Turaif police.
Officers forcibly entered the house and secured the woman who expressed happiness at her rescue, said a Filipino community leader who is closely following the case.
He, however, said the victim was saddened the case had gone public.
He requested Arab News not to identify the girl.
The embassy also reminded Filipinos in the Kingdom and their families in the Philippines to refrain from publishing sensitive information through social media platforms or other means regarding such cases as it may prejudice any ongoing investigations.
In another similar and recent case, a Filipino woman who was raped by her employer’s two sons was able to escape, only to be captured again by a prostitution den in the Eastern Province.
Several cases of sexual assaults were reported in 2011 and during the first half of 2012.
Seventy percent of Filipino domestic workers suffer physical and psychological violence, claims a study released by the Philippine's Committee on Overseas Workers Welfare.
In recent years, the Philippine embassies in Arab countries and other government agencies have collected hundreds of testimonies of young women and men tortured and abused in their workplaces.
Since Nov. 3 last year, the Philippines and Indonesian governments have been trying to reach agreements with Arab states including the Kingdom to guarantee a minimum wage and more protection from abuse for their migrant workers.


King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

  • LEED Certification reaffirms SPARK’s commitment to integrated sustainability practices 
  • SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani: The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint

DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The LEED program is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, which verifies that buildings are designed to improve performance across key sustainability metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact.

The LEED certification strengthens SPARK’s ability to support future tenants and investors on their own journey towards LEED certification of their own facilities, as part of a fully-integrated energy community.

It also affirms the city’s integrated sustainability practices, which are at the heart of the community’s planning.

SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani, said: “SPARK is distinguishing itself as a leading global energy, industrial and technology hub, cementing Saudi Arabia’s position as a progressive innovator in these fields on the international stage.

The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint. LEED communities are in high global demand, as they offer better rates of profitability, productivity and quality of workplace. Our goal is to create an ecosystem for energy-related companies to grow with minimum environmental impact, and we encourage other industrial cities to follow our lead.”

Strategically located at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, SPARK’s vision is to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors unmatched supply-chain efficiency and has been designed to provide an ultramodern “plug and play” infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

This allows streamlined and cost-effective operations near major workforce providers and close to highway and railway networks. At maturity, it will be home to over 300 industrial, technology and service facilities focused on meeting demand for energy goods and services across the entire value chain.

LEED certification is a key step in ensuring that environmentally-sensitive techniques are consistently applied to the construction of SPARK across industrial, commercial and residential facilities. It is part of SPARK’s vision to be a proving ground for green tools and technologies designed to minimize the impact of activities conducted within the city, the most successful of which will serve as a blueprint for the oil and gas industry - as well as for businesses and homes across the country.