Monthly Archives: November 2009

Jeddah Rain: KAU Hospital Images!


Nurse with two children in packet

Up to date, the most shocking images have been received on the consequence of the recent rainfall that damaged Jeddah infrastructure. I was debating whether to continue posting them or not but I had to share it which I think is the least thing I can do to these people.

Dr. Omar Rosey was one the of these doctors who was working night shift when the rainfall occurred at King Abdulaziz University Hospital which is managed and operated by the university.

The images show that the hospital is not capable of facing such a disaster and even their server seems Continue reading


Rain Disaster: Reaches KAUST!


KAUST Damages. Image by Dan

Recently, King Abdullah has unleashed the new Technology and Science university at Thawal near Jeddah. The university was built to be the leading university and research center in the region at several scientific fields. The heavy rain fall that happened lately has reached KAUST which impacted some of the university’s facilities. Images within this post explain more on how the university was effected and raised a very important question, Do they have at least a disaster recovery plan for the Shaheen the supercomputer center at KAUST?

The Shaheen supercomputer ranked as the 14th supercomputer center in the world. Unfortunately, Continue reading

Google Wave… Communication Revolution!


Google Wave Logo

I have been blessed to receive a one generous invitation from Jake Ruston to use Google Wave. Luckily, a Google Wave account allows me to retain 8 free invitations to anyone interested on sharing and testing the service. However, I thought of writing a post about Google Wave explaining the core aim of this new communication revolution to share it publicly but I found a well written article at Mashable, The social media guide which will save so much time so the summary is quoted as below:

Google Wave is a real-time communication platform. It combines aspects of email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management to build one elegant, in-browser communication client. You can bring a group of friends or business partners together to discuss how your day has been or share files.

Google Wave has a lot of innovative features, but here are just a few:

– Real-time: In most instances, you can see what someone else is typing, character-by-character.

– Embeddability: Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.

– Applications and Extensions: Just like a Facebook (Facebook) application Continue reading

Jeddah Disaster Continues!


King Abdullah Road in Jeddah (Before)

The monitoring continues of what is impacting Jeddah nowadays, I have found an article posted in Riyadh Newspaper, the main newspaper in Riyadh, about finalizing King Abdullah Road project in Jeddah which cost 172 million Saudi Riyal ($46 million USD). The article was posted on Sept. 14th 2007 which announced finalizing the road construction which links West Jeddah to West through tunnels and bridges said Eng. Mohammad Ashuwr the GM of studies and monitoring at Jeddah Municipality.

The road’s intersection with Madina road cost about 132 million riyal while its intersection with Hail Rd. cost about Continue reading

Rain Caused A Disaster in Jeddah!

Jeddah1Fortunately, Jeddah has enjoyed such a beautiful weather these days due to the rain. Unfortunately, the rain has caused such a big disaster due the very corrupted bad infrastructure that Jeddah is pertaining with the world’s biggest oil country which Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the main the gate of the Saudi religious tourism due to its near airport to Makkah where millions of pilgrims come every year for Hajj and Umarh.

Ironically, a friend of mine was suppose to come to Riyadh today to spend the Eid holiday but the airport is experiencing such an awful times of the year due that rain. All flights have been delayed since 6 a.m. in the morning and my friend’s flight has been delayed from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. late night (Imagine waiting all that time on such a circumstances).

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Al Rajhi Bank Headquarters New Degisn


Al-Rajhi Bank Proposed Design

I am not sure what is the rate of the accuracy on below information, however, I fetched it out of the Architecture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill website which is a well respected known architectural and design company.

Al-Rajhi Bank Headquarters is an office complex located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The tower is conceived as four concrete piers shielding an uninterrupted, column-free central office space within. Reminiscent of the ancient monuments of the Middle East, the monolithic concrete piers achieve a unique monumentality, Continue reading

Saudi Bank HQs in KAFD (Riyadh)


Samba Top View?

Designed for a leading banking institution located in the heart of the King Abdullah Financial District this new build embraces new ways of working.

The design is born out of a deep understanding of the principles of Islamic mathematics and is respectful of the geometric ideals that underpin the traditional structures of the region. Simply put, the bank is about numbers, Islamic geometry is about numbers; so is the building. The shape of the building is derived from a nested and repeated fractal form within an overall Islamic pattern. By following mathematical rigor to create an interlocking and infinite geometric pattern the design creates a balanced and harmonious Continue reading