King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals hold annual meeting with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

The meeting was held in Dhahran Technology and Innovation Center. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals hold annual meeting with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) recently organized the annual review of their cooperation program, which aims to enhance the quality of science, technology, education and industrial development in the Kingdom, in the presence of Dr. Khalid Al-Sultan, president of K.A.CARE, and Dr. Sahl Abdul Jawad, president of KFUPM.

The meeting, which was held in Dhahran Technology and Innovation Center and attended by a number of researchers, faculty members and graduate students, reviewed the research projects carried out by the University research teams in several specializations and discussed ways of developing cooperation and research work between the two sides in the coming years. The cooperation between the University and the City during the first year resulted in the inclusion of 15 professors in the research fellowship program, 18 graduate students in the program of funding graduate students, 7 researchers in the postdoctoral fellowship program, registration of 20 patents and publication of 49 research papers.

Dr. Abdul Jawad said that the cooperation started from the early stages of the development of the City with the formation of a team in the field of renewable energy and a team of atomic energy, and the preparation of a proposal for the framework of cooperation with the City, and that the results of the agreement between the University and the City appeared through the productivity and quality of research work and technology development, which included the publication of research papers and registration of patents, noting that what has been achieved during the first year of cooperation is a major achievement, stressing the strengthening of joint cooperation and a great focus on solar energy research to achieve Vision 2030 and enhance the University's orientation to be a research-intensive university that has a direct impact on the development of the economy through the localization of technologies.

He pointed out that the University, in view of the quality of its researchers and the expertise of faculty members, has the necessary capabilities that qualify it to be a research leader in the field of renewable energy and the development of technologies that will have an impact at the national and international levels, noting that the University has research cooperation with the University of Tokyo, mainly in solar energy because the solar cells developed at the University of Tokyo are the best in the world. The ambition of the Kingdom is to make renewable and atomic energy the main sources of energy in the country.

For his part, Dr. Al-Sultan thanked the researchers for their efforts, hoping for the continuity of research work and cooperation between the City and the University, and that the focus would be more on renewable energy, stressing the importance of supporting researchers and graduate students and the role of research work in the localization of technology, and the importance of cooperation between research teams and ways to strengthen the program in the next 5 years.

He pointed out that the City is investing in plans and projects related to renewable energy to achieve Vision 2030 so that the Kingdom depends on renewable and atomic energy in the production of 50% of its energy consumption by 2030, and that the produced clean energy would be an important source in the economy of the Kingdom, noting the importance of a strong research base to achieve these goals. He also pointed out that the City is looking forward to a long-term research partnership with the University in the coming years by increasing the number of faculty and students in funded programs, increasing participation in research and workshops and focusing more on the specialization that serves the vision and objectives of the Kingdom.

Dr. Fahd Al-Ismail, Director of Cooperation with K.A.CARE at KFUPM, said that the meeting is an important step to promote long and fruitful cooperation between the University and the City. He pointed out that the two sides look forward to serving as a model for cooperation between academic institutions and community sectors in areas of common interest to help achieve Vision 2030 by promoting reliance on renewable energy.

Al-Ismail said that the aim of presenting the research during the review is to inform the partners in the City of the research output achieved by the Technology Innovation Center supported by the City, and the presentation of different research such as renewable energy linkage and integration in the network, the field of materials science, the field of integrated systems, and other areas related to renewable energy. He pointed out that cooperation between the University and the City will continue to support various research activities. There are various programs to support researchers, graduate students and Ph.D. holders, and cooperation in the field of geothermal energy and energy storage, as well as matters relating to patents and patent management.

 
 


LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne madeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Madeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne madeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.