Habib ur Rehman Celebrated His 11th Happy Birthday

28 July 2015 | 4 comments | Pakistan | by

Habib ur Rehman Celebrated His 11th Happy Birthday

Habib ur Rehman is the son of Dr. Ata ur Rehman and Dr. Kiran A. Rehman and the grandson of Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan, V.P. of Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association Karachi (SAEEA).

Habib has passed his grade five examinations with flying colors and has been promoted to grade VI at the Generation’s School Karachi. He participates in all extracurricular activities of his class and is very confident speaker with excellent computer knowledge and IT skills.

Habib ur Rehman Celebrated His 11th Happy Birthday

Both Ata & Kiran are Medical Educationists, working at Hamdard College of Medicine, Hamdard University, Karachi. They are also managing their private clinic in evening as GP’s and Diabetologists.

Habib’s elder brother Obaid ur Rehman is in the 10th grade and the younger sister Mariam A. Rehman is in the 5th grade in the same school with him.

Habib ur Rehman Celebrated His 11th Happy Birthday

Habib celebrated his 11th Happy Birthday on July 24, 2015, at Dolmen Mall Hydri, Karachi along with his school friends and his very close relatives. The kids enjoyed themselves with all the games and food.

SAEEA wish Habib Ur Rehman a very Happy Birthday and pray that that he has a bright future and always keep his parents proud by getting good grades positions in his class, Ameen.

Valor and Loyalty of Saudi Soldiers

27 July 2015 | 0 comments | Opinions & Editorials | by

Abdulateef Al-MulhimAbdulateef Al-Mulhim
Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired)

It has been a few months since the start of operation Decisive Storm that was launched to bring peace to Yemen and rid it of Houthi rebels who wanted to cause chaos in the country and even threatened Saudi Arabia’s security. Following Houthis’ misadventure, Yemen slid into anarchy and needed an outside intervention so that the abuse of Yemen and its people could be stopped.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia was formed and a limited war was launched to hit specific targets. The aim of the operation was to destroy the capability of Houthi rebels to harm Saudi Arabia or block the strategic Bab Al-Mandab Strait which connected the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Before the operation, Saudi Arabia made several diplomatic efforts to restore the legitimate government in Yemen but to no avail. Saudi Arabia did not want to launch a war against Yemen, but it had no alternative except to use limited force with precise mission against strategic ammunition dumps such as arms depots having Scud long-range missiles and radar installations. Saudi leadership and the military top command had planned military operations taking into account the fact that there should be no civilian causalities. Houthis had tried to send misleading messages to the world about civilian casualties. But, their propaganda failed as the whole world knows that Saudis had always opted for peaceful means to resolve any conflict.

Since the start of operation Decisive Storm, Saudi Arabia had allocated billions of dollars to help the Yemenis suffering due to Houthi occupation. Many logistical aids were sent by the Kingdom to Yemen in an effort to help the Yemenis. In addition to these efforts, the Saudi military command announced a truce so that the Yemenis suffering from the Houthis’ irresponsible actions could be provided aid and also to give a chance to the Houthi rebels to cease hostilities and lay down arms.

As time passed, the world saw the valor and loyalty of our soldiers who are defending the Saudi borders with courage, but with restraint to show the Yemenis that they are there to help them and not to destroy their country. As it turned out, this was indeed true. Saudi Arabia did not unleash all of its military arsenal, only a fraction of it. Saudi Arabia is a huge country and its other borders have to be protected. This action showed the world and especially the enemies the might of the Saudi military.

Saudi soldiers on the front line did not only demonstrate valor but also showed the discipline of professional soldiers in the heat of the battle. As things are shaping up the coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia are showing strong advances on the ground with full control of Aden and clear air supremacy. This has left the Houthis with no option but to lay down their arms and think of the well-being of Yemen and its people.

Saudi Arabia is a peace-loving country but if threatened by any aggressor, it has the capability to defend itself and foil any evil design against its sovereignty and integrity. Saudi soldiers in all the branches of the military — land force, air force, navy, air defense, National Guard and the Ministry of Interior — are very qualified and capable personnel who are trained to use the most powerful and advanced military hardware that can easily defeat any enemy. The Saudi military will continue to defend the Saudi borders and will protect it from any outside enemy with all the necessary means available. Now, it is up to the Houthis to come to their senses and realize that facing the Saudi soldier is a losing battle. Our armed forces with all its officers and soldiers are the best trained and best equipped in the region. And most important is that they have the highest degree of valor, loyalty and discipline.

Written by Abdulateef Al-Mulhim. Valor and Loyalty of Saudi Soldiers reprinted with permission of Arab News and Abdulateef Al-Mulhim.

We Need Action And Clear-Cut Laws On Harassment

27 July 2015 | 0 comments | Opinions & Editorials | by

Khaled AlmaeenaKhaled Almaeena

The arrest of several youth who were filmed harassing two young girls in the Corniche area of Jeddah during the Eid holidays should be an eye opener for all.

The authorities should have stricter laws to put a stop to such unruly and indecent behavior in the region.

Harassment is now becoming a social menace. I have personally witnessed women, even elderly, being accosted by youth, some young enough to be their sons, in broad daylight in Tahlia Street of Jeddah. They think it is amusing and are very brazen about it.

It is time we seriously address this shameful behavior and question the reasons behind such uncivilized acts that are common among the youth. Obviously it has to do with upbringing. Young men in this society are not brought up to respect women in their own homes.

Secondly in schools while religious studies form a major part of their curriculum the focus is more on rituals and worship rather than right and wrong. I am sure these youth that harassed the young girls must have fasted and also gone to the mosque in Ramadan. But all that so called “piety” disappeared on Eid day.

Many of these young men come from outside Jeddah where it is not the norm to see young girls or women out by themselves. To them it’s a strange phenomena — which by the way should be a normal one!!
So they go on the rampage!!

Unfortunately cultural barriers that segregate the men from the women within the family do not allow the youth to interact with their sisters, aunts or female cousins. The youth grow up with little respect for women.
It is this mentality that influences their behavior. Their women folk are usually subservient, they can’t make any decisions or take any action without the consent of the male guardian. They cannot even leave the house without a male guardian and if they do then they are asking for trouble. Coming from such an environment can we blame them for adopting such a negative attitude towards women.

We have to face the bitter truth. Our sisters, daughters and wives are more safe going to restaurants, shopping or the movies alone in adjoining states than they are in Jeddah. And here is where the anti-harassment laws can be helpful.

And while Shoura Council members debate and delay such uncivilized acts continue spoiling the social fabric and creating an unhealthy environment.

Enough of the absurd justifications and blaming the women for not being accompanied by a male guardian or demanding for more Haia (Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) patrols.

We need action. We need clear-cut laws that should be implemented immediately. We need judges and courts that are not anti women and have empathy for their plight.

We need a media that not only focuses on the incidents of harassments but also highlights the dangers of their acts that could lead to rape and murder.

Anti-harassment laws should be made very clear and be a public knowledge. Above all we need a religious curriculum that also teaches our youth the essence of decency and good behavior.

PS: I read that Jeddah seek Guinness entry as “city of festivals”. Well it should also try to be a city of no-harassment. That is our wish and prayer from about 80 km distance from Makkah the holiest spot in Islam.

— Reprinted with permission of the Saudi Gazette and Khaled Almaeena. The writer is Editor-at-Large. He can be reached at kalmaeena@saudigazette.com.sa and followed on Twitter: @KhaledAlmaeena

Hot Tap and Stopple: On Call for Reliability

23 July 2015 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

Hot Tap and Stopple: On Call for Reliability

The Hot Tap and Stopple (HT&S) team is on 24-hour standby to ensure that no disruption occurs to the company’s flow of oil through its vast network of pipelines.

With the average daily crude oil production of 2014 at 9.5 million barrels per day (mbd), keeping pipes that transport the crude functional is essential. This makes maintenance a delicate matter, and a standard repair would previously require shutting down pipelines — and disrupting operations — for several days.

The HT&S team has changed things; making it possible to safely cut into pipes, created a temporary branch to bypass the flow around the area requiring maintenance, and then replacing the valve — all without interrupting the pipeline flow.

Hot Tap and Stopple

Hot tapping is one of the most tested techniques for conducting repairs to a pipe or vessel while still under pressure.

The Hot Tap team can bore holes as small as one-quarter of an inch and as large as 56 inches into pipes that they repair. They can also operate in temperatures as high as 700 degrees Fahrenheit and 2,220 pounds per square inch of pressure.

Stopples are plugs that temporarily plug functioning pipes to isolate a segment for repair or modification. Stopple operations can isolate pipes up to 60 inches in diameter, and can operate at temperatures as high as 250 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures as high as 1,800 pounds per square inch.

Demand and Growth

Currently, Saudi Aramco’s HT&S team is the Kingdom’s only provider of hot tap services, and demand is strong. Nearly 200 HT&S operations are conducted per year over the past five years, and this number is likely increase as the company expands into petrochemicals and the Kingdom’s manufacturing industry grows.

The HT&S team currently services both company operations and third party partners.

Nuclear Deal: What’s in it for us?

22 July 2015 | 1 comment | Opinions & Editorials | by

Abdulateef Al-MulhimAbdulateef Al-Mulhim
Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired)

Now, the deal is sealed. A nuclear agreement has been signed between Iran and a number of the most powerful nations of the world — five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. In other words, it is like the whole world versus one nation. Subsequently, the agreement has been finalized with the approval of the United Nations.

Just hours after the announcement of the agreement, a talk and talk back between the parties involved ensued. It was like a tie match and the one speaking the loudest would be the winner. Nuclear deals are no laughing matter and Iran’s nuclear program did not come out of nowhere.

Iran’s nuclear program started many decades ago. It is true that Iran, like many other countries, is striving for energy resources no matter how much oil and gas it has. But it so happened that the Iranian main nuclear installations are at a stone’s throw from the western shores of the Arabia Gulf. In other words, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE are threatened by the physical presence of the Iranian nuclear installations especially the one located in Abu Shehr.

Iran had in the past declared that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. If that is the case, why did it continue to refuse to negotiate during the past decades? Why did Iran mislead the international inspectors regarding the degree of uranium enrichment? And most ironic is that Gulf states are kept in the dark regarding Iranian activities. I think Gulf countries should have been involved in the negotiations in Vienna and also they should be given full access to the Iranian installations. Having Gulf countries only on specific committees in the United Nations, the European Union and the United States is not enough. Gulf states are the closest neighbors to Iran and Tehran must take into account the close proximity of its nuclear facilities to the Gulf states.

Iran’s main nuclear installations are old and had in the past been neglected and never maintained especially during the 8-year war between Iraq and Iran. Not only that, Iranian nuclear facilities had been hit by the Iraqi air force more than once and they could not be properly restored even after the repairs.

We all know that western technologies were used to build Abu Shehr nuclear reactor decades ago. But, after sanctions were imposed, Iranians sought Soviet-era horizontal technology to upgrade the installations. As we know, Iran is not a country that can only rely on its own technology for uranium enrichment, hence it had to depend on others. In the nut shell, Iranian nuclear facilities are not fully safe because of the above-mentioned factors.

Now comes the big question. How close has Iran been able to proceed in its quest to acquire a nuclear bomb? Another question is: Does Iran really need it? The answer is clear. No, they don’t need it and it will only escalate a nuclear race in the most volatile region of the world.

What is annoying about Iran is that it continues to threaten its neighbors. Just a few days ago, an Iranian leader’s statement demonstrated a clear intervention in the internal affairs of Bahrain. And to this day no one knows the real intention of Iran.

Yes, the nuclear deal can be the correct course being taken by the superpowers to at least keep Iran on check, but, the neighboring countries of Iran can’t be intimated by the irresponsible Iranian actions. The Iranians now can be stretching themselves too thin and it is the Iranian people who will end up paying for the actions of their government.

It is the duty of all the six Gulf states to demand assurances from Iran that it will act and behave in good faith and manner. But, isn’t it sad to see Iran pay hundreds of billions of dollars for a nuclear program rather spending it to upgrade its infrastructure. Generating electricity using nuclear facilities is not always economically feasible. And the Iranian nuclear facilities, if not maintained properly, is more of a threat to Iran than any other country.

Written by Abdulateef Al-Mulhim. Nuclear Deal: What’s in it for us? reprinted with permission of Arab News and Abdulateef Al-Mulhim.