Saudi minister: more effort needed to confront water challenge in Arab world

Al-Fadhli was responding to the UN’s World Water Development Report. (SPA/File)
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Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi minister: more effort needed to confront water challenge in Arab world

  • Saudi Arabia conducting studies to build 1k dams: Al-Fadhli

RIYADH: More efforts are needed to confront water challenges in Arab countries, the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture has said.
Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli was responding to the UN’s World Water Development Report. He said it contained concerns and shortcomings about the water sector, especially in areas suffering from scarcity of water resources, as was the case with most Arab countries. 
More efforts aimed at confronting water challenges, such as conducting the necessary studies, valuing the sector, rehabilitating infrastructure, employing available opportunities, and exploiting energy and industry are required, he said.
The Kingdom is one of the driest regions in the world, lacking flowing rivers, and most of the water used came from non-renewable groundwater, he explained. Strategies and plans for the sustainability of water resources to implement major water projects - such as wells, fields, desalination plants, dams, strategic storage facilities, and transmission and distribution lines-were all in the works, he said.

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The Kingdom’s experience in water management was highlighted during its participation in Cairo Water Week.

The country’s experience in water management was highlighted during its participation in Cairo Water Week. 
The event’s theme was “Water, Population and Global Changes: Challenges and Opportunities,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
“The ministry’s vision in the water sector included the preservation, development, sustainability and rationalization of water resources,” said Al-Fadhli. “This was evident in the National Water Strategy 2030, which aims to enhance the sources and security of water supply, make optimal use of modern technologies, reform the service-delivery sector and involve the private sector in an institutional framework that includes water production, transportation and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, reuse, and sector governance and regulation.”
The minister said that, in terms of rainwater harvesting, Saudi Arabia is conducting studies to establish 1,000 additional dams in all the Kingdom’s regions, to be added to more than 564 existing dams, with a storage capacity of over 2.6 billion cubic meters to serve various purposes, such as feeding water-bearing aquifers, irrigation, reducing floods, and filling part of the need for urban use.
“Some of these dams have purification plants, 46 of which are currently being built with a production capacity of 740,000 cubic meters per day, used for drinking water supplies in several Saudi regions,” he added.
Saudi Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Aziz Al-Shaibani said the report emphasized the value and importance of water, especially for countries with dry climates that suffered from water scarcity.
He said its most prominent feature was its comprehensiveness in terms of geographical coverage.
It tackled vital issues related to the water sector and highlighted the most critical challenges facing it.
He made the remarks during the launch of the report’s Arabic version.


KSrelief signs executive program to support orphans in Mali

Updated 29 January 2022

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RIYADH:  The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has signed an executive program to support orphans in Mali, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It will benefit 1,317 individuals in the cities and towns of Bamako, Koulikoro, Segou, Gao, and Sikasso.

The program was signed by Ahmed bin Ali Al-Baiz, assistant general supervisor for operations and programs at KSrelief, and aims to provide a cash guarantee for orphans which will be delivered to them every three months for a year. 

It will pay fees and register orphans aged between seven and 15, economically empower their families by training women to master sewing skills and provide them with the necessary tools, as well as distributing sheep to needy families.

The program comes as part of the projects offered by the Kingdom, represented by KSrelief, to orphans in order to improve their living conditions in various needy countries.

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Rabab Khodary has been health economics and  market access manager for hemato-oncology at Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson and Johnson since May 2021.

During her time in the role, she has helped to accelerate patients’ access to innovative products through operational processes in the public sector and by analyzing business challenges and opportunities within the Saudi healthcare sector.

She joined GlaxoSmithKline in 2015 as a future leader management trainee and held the position of associate market access and pricing manager from 2017 until 2021.

In 2017, while working for GSK, she received a bronze award in a global employee recognition program, following that up with a silver award in 2019, after heading a women’s leadership initiative and project leading the business development, communications, health, and well-being departments.

From 2013 to 2014, she was Batterjee Medical College’s head of clinical skills, a department she established with the Jeddah-based institution’s head of medicine.

Khodary gained a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah in 2006, and a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology from San Francisco State University in 2012. She was also a researcher for a cell and molecular biology lab in California, and for King Fahd Medical Research Center in Jeddah.

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Althagafi has held a number of different roles at the latter in the past, including assistant research professor, deputy director of general directorate for research and innovation, and associate research professor. From 2018 to 2019, she was the medical director of the Saudi Diagnostic Lab at King Faisal Specialist Hospital International Holding Co.

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She has studied and worked in universities including Georgetown, the University of California San Francisco, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard.

She has published more than 120 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has contributed to a number of books on the subjects of pathology and oncology, including the World Health Organization’s Tumors Classification “blue book” on CNS and pediatric tumors. 

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Updated 28 January 2022

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RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, met Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shide Mohamed and his accompanying delegation in Riyadh on Thursday.

The two sides discussed issues of common interest relating to humanitarian and relief affairs. The Ethiopian minister praised Saudi humanitarian efforts worldwide.

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According to a recent KSrelief report, Yemen, Palestine, Syria and Somalia are the biggest beneficiaries of its projects.

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He praised Saudi Arabia and the SFD’s efforts in financing development projects and programs over the past years, adding that they have had a positive impact on social and economic growth and prosperity in different sectors.
SFD has provided eight soft loans to support and finance eight development projects and programs totaling more than $227 million.

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Abdul-Jawad graduated from Dhahran Ahliyya Schools in 2010 before she joined the Alkhobar-based Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2014.

She received a French language diploma in 2018. Currently, she is a level-3 Chartered Financial Analyst candidate and is expected to achieve certification this year.

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