SAUDI ARABIA | NEOM To Adopt Unique ‘Solar Dome’ Desalination Plant

SAUDI ARABIA | NEOM To Adopt Unique ‘Solar Dome’ Desalination Plant

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – –  The NEOM smart-city project will use cutting-edge solar technology to power a desalination plant that produces, clean, low-cost, environmentally friendly freshwater. The decision aims to enhance the megacity’s position as a new global tourism destination,  a center of innovation and environmental conservation, and as an accelerator of human progress.

NEOM signed an agreement with U.K. business Solar Water Limited to build a desalination plant in the northwest of the Kingdom that uses the newly developed “solar dome” technology. It is hoped that theft first-of-its-kind, completely sustainable and carbon – neutral facility will shape the future of desalination in NEOM, the Kingdom and throughout the world.

Work on the solar dome project will begin in February and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The technology it employs will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the desalination process by producing less saline, solution, a byproduct that can harm natural ecosystems.

The pioneering and innovative approach from Solar Water Limited, which was developed at Cranfield University in the U.K., represents the first widespread use of concentrated  solar power technology in desalination, NEOM said.

Seawater is pumped into a hydrological solar dome of glass and steel, where it is heated and evaporated to remove the salt. The process can continue at night thanks to the storage of solar energy generated throughout the day. The technology helps to prevent any damage to marine life as it does not dump saline solution created by the process back into the sea.

“Neom’s adoption of the experimental version of this program supports the sustainability goals set by the Ministry in the Kingdom, as shown in the National Water Strategy 2030, and is fully in line with the sustainable-development goals set by the United Nations,” said Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli.

Neom CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr said that the megacity project has easy access to abundant amounts of seawater and completely renewable energy resources, which puts it in the ideal position to produce low-cost and sustainable fresh water using solar-powered desalination.

He added that the adoption of this type of technology reflects Neom’s commitment to supporting innovation, protecting the environment and preserving its purity to provide a comfortable and exceptional life. It also raises the possibility of using the technology in other parts of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

David Reavley, the CEO of Solar Water Ltd, said: “Currently, thousands of desalination plants around the world rely heavily on burning fossil fuels for water extraction, and we have the technology to desalinate water in a way that is completely sustainable and 100 percent carbon neutral.”

“We are happy to partner with Neom, which has a strong vision of what the new future looks like in harmony and integration with nature.”

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition To Announce Yemen Ceasefire At Midnight: sources

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi – led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthi movement will announce at midnight on Wednesday it is halting military operations nationwide to support a U.N. ceasefire initiative, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The suspension in fighting, expected to go into effect on Thursday, was … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition To Announce Yemen Ceasefire At Midnight: sources

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition To Begin Yemen Ceasefire on Thursday: Saudi Officials

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen will begin a two-week ceasefire on Thursday, senior Saudi officials said on Wednesday. The ceasefire will start at noon Saudi Arabia time on Thursday, they said. The officials, briefing reporters by telephone, said the ceasefire was aimed at giving the Iran  … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition To Begin Yemen Ceasefire on Thursday: Saudi Officials

ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Catch Backlash For Unveiling Their Charity Name During The Coronavirus Pandemic

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are catching some backlash after revealing the name of their new charity organization amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care after contracting the coronavirus, which made many feel it was an insensitive time for … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Catch Backlash For Unveiling Their Charity Name During The Coronavirus Pandemic

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | UAE Announces Recovery Of 19 Parties, 283 New Cases Of COVID-19, One Death

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, today announced 283 new cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the UAE, bringing the total number of cases to 2,359. The newly diagnosed patients of various nationalities are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical care’, MoHAP affirmed. MoHap said … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | UAE Announces Recovery Of 19 Parties, 283 New Cases Of COVID-19, One Death

Politics | Bernie Sanders Suspends 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – ‘The path toward victory is virtually impossible’, Sanders said in a livestreamed speech to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. ‘I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today, I am announcing the suspension of my campaign’. The 78 – years – … Continue reading Politics | Bernie Sanders Suspends 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Cases Jump 327 To 2,932 Total, 631 Recoveries

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ENTERTAINMENT | Opera Star Bocelli To Sing From Empty

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ECONOMY | Saudi Call For OPEC+ Meeting Is An Extension To Its Efforts To Achieve Market Balance

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NEWS ALERT | Egypt To Ban Ramadan Gathering To Counter Spread Of Coronavirus

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OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 28: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders attend a family photo session at G20 summit on June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Osaka on Thursday for the annual Group of 20 gathering together with other world leaders who will use the two-day summit to discuss pressing economic, climate change, as well as geopolitical issues. The US-China trade war is expected to dominate the meetings in Osaka as President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet on Saturday in an attempt to resolve the ongoing the trade clashes between the world’s two largest economies. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon – Pool/Getty Images)

GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Energy Ministers To Meet To Foster Global Cooperation: Statement

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia said it would convene a virtual meeting of energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies on Friday ‘to foster global dialogues and cooperation to ensure stable energy markets and enable a stronger global economy’. A statement from the Saudi G20 secretariat said the energy ministers, speaking … Continue reading GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Energy Ministers To Meet To Foster Global Cooperation: Statement

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Says It Could Reach 200,000 Coronavirus Infections

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TRAVEL ALERT | Uber Suspends Services in Several Parts Of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Uber said on Tuesday it was temporarily halting its services in several Saudi cities and governments after a round – the – clock curfew was announced to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Unber will ‘pause’ its services in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf, and the … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Uber Suspends Services in Several Parts Of Saudi Arabia

BREAKING NEWS | Registration Start for Saudi Wishing To Return Home

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BUSINESS NEWS | Russia Confirms Its Participation in OPEC+ Meeting On April

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Russia on Tuesday confirmed its participation in the OPEC+ meeting of leading oil producers set for April 9, a spokeswoman for energy ministry told Reuters. The conference, due to be held via a video link as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, had been initially scheduled for April 6 but was … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Russia Confirms Its Participation in OPEC+ Meeting On April

BREAKING NEWS | E-Campaigns Boost Saudi Efforts To Combat Coronavirus

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Reports 147 New Coronavirus Cases

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NEWS | India Drops Anti – Dumping Probe Against MEG Imports From Saudi Arabia

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TRAVEL BAN | Bulgaria Bans Entry To Foreigners From Almost All The World Over Coronavirus

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – European Union member Bulgaria banned entry to its territory to citizens from around the globe except for 19EU member states, as it battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, its health minister said on Monday. The Balkan country has closed schools, restaurants and bars and restricted travel between cities since … Continue reading TRAVEL BAN | Bulgaria Bans Entry To Foreigners From Almost All The World Over Coronavirus

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Riyadh And Other Cities

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia imposed on Monday a 24-hour curfew in the capital Riyadh and a number of cities effective immediately and until further notice, as a precautionary measure against coronavirus spread, State News Agency (SPA) reported. The cities are Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Al – Hofuf, Jeddah, Taif, Al-Qatif, Al-Khobar. Entry and … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Riyadh And Other Cities

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Kuwait Locks Down Two Areas Over Coronavirus, Extends Curfew

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Kuwait placed a full lockdown on two areas and extended its partial curfew by two hours to run from 5 pm (1400 GMT) till 6 am effective Monday until further notice, a statement from the cabinet said. It also extended a previously enacted suspension of work for all ministries and … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Kuwait Locks Down Two Areas Over Coronavirus, Extends Curfew

BUSINESS | Rihanna Confirmed Fenty Skincare Is Coming

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BREAKING NEWS | Four More Coronavirus Deaths Announced In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has recorded four more coronavirus deaths, it said on Monday. The total number of deaths from the virus in the Kingdom Now stands at 38, with a total of 2,532 cases. Despite measures having been put in place to limit people’s movement in a bit to … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Four More Coronavirus Deaths Announced In Saudi Arabia

NEWS | Romania Will Extend State Of Emergency By 30 Days – President

BUCHAREST| ROMANIA – Romania’s government will extend its state of emergency by another 30 days after the current period ending next week, to help halt the spread of the new coronavirus, President Klaus Iohanis, said on Monday. ‘We need to do this again. It’s a necessity. People should understand that without this measure, the virus … Continue reading NEWS | Romania Will Extend State Of Emergency By 30 Days – President

HEALTH | Coronavirus And Clothes: How To Handle Laundry During Pandemic

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – We know to practice safe social distancing and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and our loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic – but how about our clothes? Though much remains unknown about the novel COVID-19 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently states that the viral … Continue reading HEALTH | Coronavirus And Clothes: How To Handle Laundry During Pandemic

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BUSINESS | Russia And Saudi ‘Very Close’ To Oil Deal, Moscow Negotiator Tells CNBC

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Saudi Arabia and Russia are ‘very, very close’ to a deal on oil production cuts, Kirill Dimitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, told CNBS on Monday. ‘I think the whole market understands that this deal is important and it will bring lots of stability, so much important stability to the … Continue reading BUSINESS | Russia And Saudi ‘Very Close’ To Oil Deal, Moscow Negotiator Tells CNBC

SPORTS | Dubai Sports Council Announces ‘Marathon At Home’

DUBAI – Dubai Sports Council, in collaboration with ASICS Middle East and 5:30 Run club, have come up with an exciting new initiative, the ‘Marathon at Home’, which will take place under the umbrella of DSC’s  ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ and #stayhome campaigns, and is designed to keep members of UAE’s community in running shape … Continue reading SPORTS | Dubai Sports Council Announces ‘Marathon At Home’

HEALTH | UAE Launches Online Campaign For Mental Support Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

ABU DHABI – The National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing, NPHW, has launched a national campaign for mental support for all UAE residents to help them overcome the psychological impact resulting from the spread of COVID-19. More than 50 experts in the field of psychology, mental and social support, and life skills are participating in … Continue reading HEALTH | UAE Launches Online Campaign For Mental Support Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

BREAKING NEWS | Coronavirus Cases In Saudi Arabia Rise To 2,385 With 34 Fatalities

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia reached to 2,385 in the last 24 as the death toll rose to 34, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday. A total of 206 had tested positive for the virus in the last virus in the last 24 hours in the … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Coronavirus Cases In Saudi Arabia Rise To 2,385 With 34 Fatalities

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