Students begin studying Chinese in public schools in Saudi Arabia

19/01/20

The Chinese economy has witnessed rapid growth in recent years, transforming the country into a global leader in technology and manufacturing. (Reuters)
  • The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in Saudi Arabia, and contribute to the achievement of the goals in education for Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education has begun teaching Chinese at eight public secondary schools, as the first stage of the ministry’s plan to include it in public education.
According to the ministry’s spokesperson, Ibtisam Al-Shehri, four schools in Riyadh, two in Jeddah, and two in the eastern province, including two girls’ schools, would participate.
Al-Shehri also noted that studying Chinese would be optional for students, not compulsory.
The Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Weiqing thanked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Twitter for including Chinese in the country’s educational system.
“I hope that the emerging generation in the Kingdom will master the Chinese language, love Chinese culture, and embrace an honorable future for the two friendly countries,” he said.
Chinese was first introduced to Saudi schools during the crown prince’s visit to Beijing in February 2019, as part of an agreement between the two countries to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation.
Several initiatives were launched with different organizations in the education and training sectors to introduce the language to the public.
One of the biggest initiatives was in collaboration with the Arab Open University and Nabegh Educational Center to teach more than 3,500 teachers and employees in the education sector in 12 cities around the country.
Abdulrazaq Othman Abdullah, 38, is a graduate from China, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in administration and financial management. He and his wife taught Chinese to Saudi teachers in Madinah.
“The most important outcome from this project is to help the teachers overcome psychological barriers while studying a foreign language, and eliminate the assumptions associated with the Chinese language,” Abdullah told Arab News.

I hope that the emerging generation in the Kingdom will master the Chinese language, love Chinese culture, and embrace an honorable future for the two friendly countries.

Chen Weiqing, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

“It is very important that teaching Chinese begins from secondary school, it will broaden the students’ horizons and introduce them to a new culture and a new world that they would not know of without the language.”
Knowledge of the Chinese language will create a new field of opportunities for Saudis, be it in tourism, technology, commerce, investment, science, medicine, diplomacy, or education and academia.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is a step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom. Saudi universities are gradually including Chinese in their educational plans and academic activities.

FASTFACT

An agreement to teach Chinese in Saudi schools was reached during the crown prince’s visit to Beijing in February 2019.

“I have to admit that I was worried at the beginning, especially that I was teaching adults with years of experience in education,” Abdullah said.
“However, by the end of the experience I was very satisfied with the outcome. We as a population have a sense of curiosity, we like to seize opportunities and we are welcoming of everything new and willing to learn.”
From his experience as a student in China, Abdullah said that there were obvious cultural similarities between the two countries and that both societies were welcoming of each other.
During the crown prince’s visit to Beijing, Chinese leaders agreed to help facilitate Chinese language learning through its the country’s Confucius Institute, which promotes language learning and cultural exchange around the world.
China is home to almost a fifth of the world’s population, and has been growing significantly in the past four decades at an average of nearly 10 percent a year, transforming the country into a global leader in technology and manufacturing.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom, and contribute to the achievement of the goals in education for Vision 2030.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

From Bryan Adams to Dimitri Vegas, Saudi international unveils stellar lineup of performers

19/01/20

DUBAI: Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, Belgian born DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Grammy Award–winning DJ Zedd are all set to perform at the Saudi International golf tournament in King Abdullah Economic City.

DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage at the KAEC Outdoor venue in King Abdullah Economic City, bringing a catalogue of their hits including “Higher Place,” “Tremor” and “Mammoth.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams will entertain the audience on Jan. 31 as he takes fans on a journey through his biggest hits, including “Run to You,” “Summer of 69” and “I Do It For You.”

Record producer Zedd will join the stellar line up to play some of his biggest hits including “Clarity”, “I Want You To Know” and “Stay The Night” while everybody’s favorite flamenco band, the Gipsy Kings, will be the first on stage to perform some of their most iconic hits, including “Bamboleo” and Volare.

Completing the lineup is Puerto Rican music sensation Luis Fonsi, who will make his Saudi debut to perform his infections reggaeton hits including the global hit “Despasito,” which is the most-watched YouTube video of all time.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Film festival breakthrough for five female Saudi directors

14/01/20

The project provides first-person accounts of contemporary life in Saudi Arabia, at a time of fascinating change, says the festival director. (Supplied)
  • Funded by the Red Sea International Film Festival and produced by the Jeddah production house Cinepoetics Pictures, the film will have its premiere at the inaugural festival in March

JEDDAH: Film festival organizers have given their backing to five female Saudi directors for a unique new movie project.
Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer and Fatima Al-Banawi will make five short films that will be combined into an omnibus documentary feature, with the award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Suha Arraf selected as screenwriting supervisor.
Funded by the Red Sea International Film Festival and produced by the Jeddah production house Cinepoetics Pictures, the film will have its premiere at the inaugural festival in March.

FASTFACT

Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer and Fatima Al-Banawi will make five short films that will be combined into an omnibus documentary feature.

“This project provides powerful first-person accounts of contemporary life in Saudi, from Saudi women, at a time of fascinating change,” festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh said.
“We believe in film’s capacity to advance diversity and integration. Supporting innovative new works is central to this mission. There is no better way to work toward this than by creating opportunities for Saudi filmmakers to tell their own stories.”
Each women-centered narrative is an intimate character portrait. Together, their varied settings and storylines display the diversity of the Saudi contemporary film scene, with the directors hailing from throughout the Kingdom and the films set in cities including Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, and Riyadh.
“It has been a unique experience participating in a film alongside fellow Saudi women directors, all telling stories around womanhood in distinctive ways,” director Alfahhad said.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s visit puts Saudi Arabia’s AlUla treasures in focus

13/01/20

The ancient Nabataean city of Hegra in the AlUla Valley, a center of power at the core of the trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula, dates, like its famous twin city Petra, in Jordan, from around the fourth century BC. (Supplied)
  • Visit is Abe’s last stop in his visit to the Kingdom before he continues his journey to the UAE and Oman
  • Arab News has created an interactive titled “The Rebirth of AlUla” in both English and Japanese

RIYADH: The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tour of AlUla during his visit to Saudi Arabia casts a spotlight on the ancient Nabataean site as it prepares to open its doors to the public later this year.

AlUla, the last stop in Abe’s visit to the Kingdom before he continues his journey to the UAE and Oman, is full of archaeological treasures nestling amid beautiful desert landscapes.

Saudi Arabia’s move to open up Hegra city and the AlUla Valley is restoring a missing chapter in the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the entire world.

Bearing the name Mada’in Salih in the post- Islamic era, the lost city of Hegra was built by the Nabataeans, like its famous twin Petra in Jordan. They controlled the profitable trade routes that crossed the Arabian Peninsula from east to west and north to south from about the fourth century BC to 106 AD.

Arab News has created an interactive “The Rebirth of AlUla” — arabnews.com/alula — that dives deep into its history, blending compelling storytelling and journalism with stunning video footage, beautiful photography, animated graphics and rare footage and interviews – in both English and Japanese.

“The Rebirth of AlUla” throws light on the work of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), established in 2017, which is working with the French Agency for AlUla Development (Afalula) on “the transformation of the AlUla region into a worldwide cultural and touristic destination.”

The site is currently hosting the second Winter at Tantora festival, a spectacular celebration of art, music and heritage that is drawing the world once again to AlUla from Dec. 19 to March 7.

Over 12 weekends of festivities, visitors are being treated to an eclectic mix of performers, including the Gipsy Kings, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, Craig David and Jamiroquai.

Returning to Winter at Tantora will be Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Greek pianist Yanni and Egyptian composer Omar Khairat.

The festival is also showcasing the newly constructed Maraya Concert Hall in AlUla, which is surrounded by mountains, combining modernism and antiquity.

The concert hall was built as an architectural extension of the environment that surrounds it at its site in Ashar, situated in the volcanic foothills of Harrat ‘Uwayrid.

In 2007, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, under its Secretary-General Prince Sultan bin Salman, nominated AlUla for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The application was accepted, and Hegra became the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in the Kingdom.

In an interview with Leaders magazine in February 2019, the RCU’s CEO Amr Al-Madani said AlUla is “full of archaeological treasures from the Dadanite, Nabataean, Roman and Islamic civilizations, nestled amongst the staggeringly beautiful desert landscapes.”

A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 blueprint for the nation’s sustainable development, the project aims to create opportunities for the community and boost the local economy in AlUla.

Afalula will support the growth of infrastructure, archaeology and tourism in the area, with the aim of attracting 2 million visitors per year to the site by 2035, in the process creating 35,000 jobs for the residents of AlUla.

The RCU’s task is to contribute SR120 billion ($32 billion) to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product by 2035. It currently employs 374 people, of which 134 are based in AlUla.

The RCU is also engaging the local community through programs such as Hammaya, in which 2,500 residents will train to be advocates for AlUla’s natural and human heritage.

The emphasis on local identity and heritage is unmistakable. About a 45-minute drive from Hegra is the Sharaan Nature Reserve, a territory of 925 sq. km within AlUla that features some of the region’s most striking rock formations and desert habitats, managed by local rangers trained by international specialists.

“We’ve reintroduced Idmi gazelles, Nubian ibexes and red-necked ostriches into the reserve, and they’re thriving and doing well,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Malki, head of the reserve.

The Arabian leopard may soon follow. In April this year, two cubs were born as part of a breeding program to preserve and eventually reintroduce the critically endangered species back into the wild in northwest Saudi Arabia.

Central to AlUla’s vision is the incorporation of art and cultural initiatives. The RCU’s cultural manifesto says: “AlUla will become known worldwide as a place to dream, where the greatest artists and thinkers of our time gather to stretch their creative capabilities and realize some of their most ambitious artworks and arts experiences — an evolving cultural crossroads for today and the future.”

Just as the caravans of antiquity once came to trade in this land, so AlUla, with an ancient Hegra reborn, will once again attract travelers from all corners of the world.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

Developing living communities in Saudi Arabia

Time: 12 January, 2020

The “Quality of Life” Program 2020, one of the main pillars of Vision 2030, aims to improve the lifestyle of individuals and families in the Kingdom. This is achieved by enhancing the participation of citizens in cultural, entertainment, sports and other activities that contribute to the quality of life and promote the status of Saudi cities globally.

Essential to achieving this is creating vibrant communities in which individuals and families interact and engage with one another and their physical environment. Unlike the traditional makeup of cities, where residential, commercial, retail and hospitality assets were unintegrated, 21st century living calls for urban masterplans that facilitate a social mix through incorporating all asset classes within communities. These must offer quality basic and lifestyle services with public spaces for all to boost the physical, psychological, and digital health of the Vision 2030 generation.

Rapidly changing demographics, an improvement in urban connectivity, and a growing mortgage market present ripe opportunities for the development of mixed-use communities. Saudi Arabia boasts a population of 33 million in 2018 and is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.8 percent per annum over the next three years, according to Oxford Economics. More relevant though, the population is relatively young with 60 percent between the ages of 15-49. In line with global trends, younger generations want to live, work and play in a more urban environment that encourages a sense of community. To achieve that, developers should bring a variety of uses together in an almost self-contained mini city.

Another key factor is the improving connectivity within urban areas. Whether the anticipated Riyadh Metro or the Jeddah Haramain Railway, among other transport systems, infrastructure projects will play a substantial role as a catalyst for real estate markets improving the quality of life of local communities.

Based on an analysis of global benchmarks, mobility schemes are expected to be a strong driver of growth and demand across the Kingdom as a result of improved connectivity. Longer-term, this is expected to increase the value of properties in close proximity to transit systems. A third key element is the government’s commitment to providing homes to Saudi citizens. Under Vision 2030, the Sakani program was launched to provide more than 500,000 residential units by 2030 across the Kingdom, at a planned cost of SR500 billion.

Many of these projects are built using modern construction techniques to ensure high quality and sustainability. Projects also will include medical facilities, schools, retail, parks and open spaces, providing modern amenities to citizens.

The first quarter of 2019 saw the announcement of an SR86 billion ($23 billion) well-being project to revamp public spaces in Riyadh, improve the quality of life, and promote urban development. Due for completion in 2025, the King Salman Park will incorporate a central public green space surrounded by multiple mixed-use developments with recreational and sports areas, among other features.

In Jeddah, SR4.6 billion has been allocated to raise the living standards in the city.

This includes investing in new social and urban projects but also upgrading slums and revamping unplanned neighborhoods to make way for high-quality mixed-use developments, namely the New Jeddah Downtown.

Whether the anticipated Riyadh Metro or the Jeddah Haramain Railway, among other transport systems, infrastructure projects will play a substantial role as a catalyst for real estate markets improving the quality of life of local communities.

Shahd AlMehdar

This 15-square-kilometer development will become a unique tourist, residential and commercial destination with entertainment and shopping activities on Jeddah’s waterfront.

With millennials and Gen Z now reshaping future spaces, property developers and owners must adapt and be agile to market conditions.

This involves investing in upgrades and expansions in line with market demand, to maintain their long-term value and relevance and ensure socioeconomic integration.

As such, they must take into consideration multiple elements when rethinking their spaces and strategies, particularly the proximity to the workplace or to retail and entertainment outlets. This then reflects positively on the value of properties, making them a more transactional product.

It is inevitable that for the success of urban regeneration, various public and private entities are involved in the planning process. This ranges from decision making and financing, to implementation and operation management.

In this regard, many government initiatives are underway and aim to encourage the private sector to build communities, increase their participation in funding options and mortgage solutions, and contribution to home ownership schemes.

• Shahd AlMehdar is a senior research analyst at JLL.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

ru

Wanted: 20,000 Saudi taxi drivers (women especially welcome)

Time: 09 January, 2020

Saudi women take part in a training program for new female drivers at Careem, a chauffeur driven car booking service, at their Saudi offices in Khobar City. (AFP)
  • The job had become particularly popular among women since the ban on them driving in the Kingdom was lifted in June 2018
  • ‘I got rid of the financial burden of hiring a driver, and now I drive pilgrims and visitors inside Makkah, which I enjoy’

MAKKAH: Saudi transport chiefs have launched a campaign to recruit 20,000 Saudi drivers to replace expatriates working for Uber, Careem and the Kingdom’s other taxi-app services.

The number of Saudis driving taxis had risen from 100,000 to more than 600,000 since 2016, and the sector was now ready for Saudization, Majed Al-Zahrani of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) told Arab News.

The job had become particularly popular among women since the ban on them driving in the Kingdom was lifted in June 2018, Al-Zahrani said. “The number of female Saudi drivers working at these applications has reached 2,000, and the number is rising because of the good income and the safe work environment,” he said.

The PTA and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development will work together to ensure the implementation of the Saudization regulations. Any driver found to be working illegally faces a fine of SR5,000 ($1,333).

The surge in the number of women driving taxis came as no surprise to Kariman Khaled Al-Ghamdi, who drives for Careem. “Saudi families constantly request women drivers,” she told Arab News.

Al-Ghamdi worked in human resources at a telecommunications company, retired at 46, and sought another job to boost her income. With driver’s licenses from the US and Kuwait as well as Saudi Arabia, and having lived abroad, she knew she was ideally suited to the work.

Jamilah Al-Mahmoudi, from Makkah, joined Uber seven months ago, and has never looked back.

“I got rid of the financial burden of hiring a driver, and now I drive pilgrims and visitors inside Makkah, which I enjoy,” she said.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

ru

German musicians enthrall with captivating performance in Saudi Arabia

Time: 07 January, 2020 

The New Year’s Concert of the German Consulate General hosted the musicians as a gift to the people of Jeddah. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The New Year’s Concert of the German Consulate General hosted the musicians as a gift to the people of Jeddah. Playing the harp was Lea Maria Loffler and the flute was played by Myriam Ghani.

Held under the stars, the young duo presented original works from classical greats such as Schumann, Ravel and Bach, adapting them to their instruments for the crowd in a perfect winter setting.

As the night went on, the crowd were transfixed by the beauty of the harp and flute combination, transporting them in time as they listened to Beethoven’s “Schone Minka,” Ravel’s “Vocalise-Etude en from de Habaera,” Christoph Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Minuet” from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice, and Nino Rota’s title theme for the classic film “The Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola.

German Consul General in Jeddah Holger Ziegeler was keen on bringing a taste of Germany’s finest musicians to Saudi
Arabia.

“I like to surprise my guests, I like to bring in something that is different, something that has never been heard before (live) in Saudi Arabia, or in my garden!” he told Arab News. “I don’t believe the harp has ever been (played) in Jeddah.

“What we’ve heard tonight is a very high standard of art. The music that was chosen will immediately enclose in your heart — you don’t need to attend a hundred concerts or understand music,” he said. “As a fan of classical music, the message we intended to send was that classical music is just as popular as modern music, and it transcends time.”

A member of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, it was Ghani’s first performance in the Kingdom, and she was delighted to “bring in new music, as it connects different cultures.”

“Musicians tell a story and I found that I was able to express that through the flute,” said Ghani. “I found my connection with it and it’s great to see how the audience connected with the sounds. After the concert, the audience was very curious to know more about the flute and how long I’ve been playing, it’s wonderful to see such inquisitive people.”

Discovering her love for the harp at the age of five, and performing her first public solo concerto with orchestra at age 12, Lea Maria Loffler granted the audience a fantastic performance.

She told Arab News that it pleased her to see how the audience was able to feel the melodies. “The most important and rewarding thing about music is when you get on stage and you want to tell the story and connect with their emotions, you get to connect with the audience and imagine the tales told by the melodies,” she said.

“Music transcends time and boundaries, touching people’s hearts and minds.”

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

ru

Saudi Arabia’s Haramain railway increases speed to 300kph

Time: 01 January, 2020

Saudi passengers walk on the platform at Makkah’s train station. (File/AFP)
  • The project’s management said trips between King Abdullah Economic City station and Madinah would reach the top speed
  • The railway is the first high-speed electric train in the region and spans over 450km

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High-Speed Railway started increasing the speed of trains to 300 kilometers per hour (kph) for round trips to Madinah on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The project’s management said trips between King Abdullah Economic City station and Madinah would reach the top speed, making the travel time between King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Madinah around two hours, and between Makkah and Madinah approximately two hours and 45 minutes.
The railway is one of the most modern and fastest means of transport in the Middle East.
All stations include facilities such as lounges for business class travelers, a center for public transport, helicopter landing sites, parking lots, Civil Defense stations, mosques and commercial spaces to meet travelers’ requirements.
It is the first high-speed electric train in the region and spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.
The railway was inaugurated by King Salman in Sep. 2018, and is in line with the objectives of reform plans to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the Kingdom’s holy places.
Officials describe it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

ru

Saudi Arabia’s fight against child marriage

Time: 01 January, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice has taken important steps to combat child marriage, warning licensed individuals who conclude marriage contracts (Maa’zoun) to ensure that the Kingdom’s child protection laws are upheld.

Poverty and cultural traditions, as well as social pressure and illiteracy, are blamed for early marriage.

The ministry also warned of penalties for those who fail to refer marriage applications for those under 18 to the relevant courts.

The Saudi Shoura Council has focused on adopting regulations to prevent marriage for those aged under 15, while the court’s permission is required for marriage of those under 18.

The Kingdom has taken a gradual path to fight underage marriage and protect underage girls from the phenomenon in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

After marriage applications for those under 18 are referred to the relevant courts, the courts study each case to ensure that all parties are not harmed in any way.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Labor and Social Development are working together to fight child marriage.

The phenomenon is widespread in the Middle East and Africa, with laws differing from one country to the next and varying responses to awareness campaigns.

However, the need for clearer laws remains urgent, and awareness-raising methods must also include empowering girls from a young age to practice their rights and protect their private lives.

This sensitive topic includes religious controversy, and I would like to clarify here that the law in the Kingdom is considered to be an implementer and supporter of Islamic law, which stipulates the interests of the parties to the marriage contract and their choice and empowerment of their rights above all.

Finally, due to the fact that this phenomenon is rooted from ancient eras, its control mechanisms are of long-term, gradual and far-reaching results, especially with the development of the age and the different circumstances of life from previous times that witnessed the height of this phenomenon.

• Dimah Talal Alsharif is a Saudi legal consultant, head of the health law department at the law firm of Majed Garoub and a member of the International Association of Lawyers. Twitter: @dimah_alsharif

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home

ru

Siemens, Tarshid to reduce emissions

29/12/19

Siemens is turning buildings and organizations in the Kingdom into high performing assets by maximizing efficiency, minimizing costs and reducing environmental impact.

Tarshid, the National Energy Services Company, and Siemens Saudi Arabia have signed a smart energy scheme to reduce 4,300 tons of CO2 emissions and support the National Information Center (NIC) save 28 percent on energy consumption annually. Leveraging on the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) model to accelerate smart building performance initiatives and reduce national domestic energy usage, Siemens aims to support businesses in the Kingdom along their journey toward a more sustainable and profitable future.
Siemens is partnering with Tarshid in the implementation of a holistic building performance and sustainability solution for the NIC.
With this agreement, the company aims to serve the Kingdom’s strategic sustainability goal of achieving significant energy savings by 2030.
“With buildings now becoming an essential part of clean energy transition strategies in the Kingdom, Siemens’ energy-saving measures for its cooling, lighting and occupancy-based energy scheme ensures the best outcomes for their project value and minimizes operating expenditures within the ESPC’s 10-year payback scheme,” the company said.
Combining the expertise of Siemens’ data analytics and digital services capabilities to deliver new levels of building performance and insights, the NIC will be able to reduce their strategic and operational goals, while increasing their competitive advantage.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Siemens is working with Tarshid to support the National Information Center save 28% on energy consumption annually through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

• The project reduces 4,300 tons of CO2 emissions from the environment, equivalent to planting 21,600 trees.

Elangovan Karuppiah, CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Regional Solutions and Services, Middle East and Asia, said: “Siemens has been a trusted partner of Saudi Arabia for nearly a century. This exciting new energy efficiency project is evidence of our firm commitment to jointly build the smart infrastructure that will power the Kingdom’s smart cities and create a sustainable future for the next generation.”
Siemens has expanded its investment in Saudi Arabia by transferring its know-how in energy efficiency, as well as its regional competency centers and global know-how to enable the Kingdom to reduce its dependency on oil and cut power consumption of its critical facilities, like the NIC. Backed by a strong global network of building performance and advisory services and proven track record in energy efficiency projects, Siemens is turning buildings and organizations in the Kingdom into high-performing assets by maximizing efficiency, minimizing costs and reducing environmental impact.

This article was first published in Arab News

If you want more interesting news or videos of this website click on this link  Arab News Home