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KING ABDULAZIZ CITY FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (KACST)

Mail address HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Road, PO Box 6086, Riyadh 11442
Telephone +966 (1) 488-3444, 488-3555 Fax +966 ( 1 ) 488-3756
Telex 401590 KACST SJ, 404017 SCITEC SJ
Cable MAWSOAH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sponsoring agency Administratively attached to the Office of the Prime Minister
Nature Government organization for the development of science and technology in Saudi Arabia
Mission Supporting and promoting applied scientific research, coordinating research activities of academic institutions and research centers, developing national policy
Financial support Government, through annual budgets
Working languages Arabic, but English is widely used in day-to-day administrative work
Scope of interest Arids lands topics include energy research, solar energy, natural resources management, renewable natural resources, remote sensing, environmental research

Research program
Locations Throughout Saudi Arabia
Subjects KACST supports research in numerous areas, including such arid-lands related topics as agriculture, nutrition. solar energy, remote sensing, and natural resources management; specific projects include solar thermal cooking devices and solar thermal dryers for date ripening and drying, experimental stations for freshwater fish culture (tilapia, carp, catfish, prawns), use of fish culture water as fertilizer for agricultural crops, a solar-operated experimental station for pumping and desalinating groundwater, and study of salinityresistant plants and their use as camel and cattle fodder
Status Ongoing

Internal Organization
Chief official His Excellency, Dr. Saleh Al-Athel, President; Dr. Abdullah Al-Rasheed, Vice President for Scientific Research; Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, Vice President for Research Institutes
Divisions Divisions of KACST related to arid lands research include: (1) Institute of Energy Research (Solar Energy), (2) Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Research, (3) Saudi Center for Remote Sensing
Division heads (1) Mr. Fahad Bin Huraib, Director; (2) Dr. Ali Al-Jaloud, Director; (3) Dr. lbrahm Al-Ghunaim, Director
Professional staff Over 200 within KACST as a whole
Total staff Ca. 1,500 within KACST as a whole

Facilities
Office KACST is just completing a huge building project for Research Institutes, which has laboratory space for its various applied Research programs
Library 16,000 books in the field of science and technology, 360 periodical subscriptions
Computer catalog Yes, on mainframe, using in-house developed software
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Local databases Current Awareness Service Database, Union List of Periodicals, Arabic S&T Bibliographic Database, Latin S&T Bibliographic Database, S&T Terminology Data Bank (BASM)
Formal networks GULFNET, KACSTNET
Exchange Facilities Available

Publications
Various Publications on areas of funded research after projects are completed
Publications list Available

History
Established in 1977 as Saudi Arabian National Center for Science & Technology; name changed to KACST in 1985

 

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Dhahran 31261
Telephone +966 (3) 860-3319 Fax +966 (3) 860-3661
Telex 801913 UPMRI SJ Cable AL-JAMAAH
E-mail rsit93d@saupm00.bitnet (Dr. Abdulla E. Dabbagh, Director)

Sponsoring agency Ministry of Higher Education
Nature Academic
Mission Research
Financial support Client-funded research, government
Working languages Arabic, English
Scope of interest Desert environment studies including sand research, sand drifting, desertification, drought-resisting plants, water recycling for desert greening, remote sensing, petroleum and mineral exploration

Research program
Locations Primarily in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia
Subjects Sand dune geomorphology, hydrology, soils, plant-animal ecology, desertification, blown sand control, GIS, water resources development
Status Ongoing

Internal Organization
Chief official Dr. Abdullah E. Dabbagh, Director
Divisions Divisions with arid lands work are: (1) Geology and Minerals, (2) Water Resources and Environment
Division heads (1) Dr. Talat Bader, Manager (E-mail. rsit06c@saupm00.bitnet); (2) Dr. Mohamed B. Amin, Manager (E-mail. rsiu30a@saupm00.bitnet)
Professional staff 267
Total staff 351

Facilities
Office Total Office space: 7,972 sq m; total laboratory space: 9,243 sq m
Library Research institute Technical Information Center (TIC) Library has about 4,000 volumes, primarily on science and engineering Subjects; KFUPM main Library contains about 300,000 volumes and 2,000 periodicals
Computer catalog Yes, using DOBIS/LIBIS via IBM mainframe
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Local databases Shelf lists produced using DBase IV and FileMaker Pro (PC); Geographical Information System (GIS)
Formal networks GULFNET, Bitnet, Internet
Exchange Facilities Exchange programs for visiting scientists

Publications
Serials Annual Progress Report (Arabic and English, free), annual Bibliography (English), semiannual Library Newsletter (English), quarterly Arabic Journal of Science e anti Engineering (English, with Arabic abstracts)
Publications list Available

History
Established in 1978

 

King Faisal University
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SCIENCES

Mail address PO Box 380, Al-Hassa 31 982
Telephone + 966 (3) 580-0000, 580-1778 Fax +966 (3) 580-1243, 580-1778
Telex 861028 Faisal SJ Cable FAISAL, HOFUF

Sponsoring agency Ministry of Higher Education
Nature Academic
Mission Research, instruction, extension
Financial support Government
Working languages Arabic, English
Scope of interest Agronomy, horticulture, poultry and animal production, soil and water, agricultural engineering, food science, chemistry and botany, agricultural economics and extension, aquatic wealth development, plant protection

Research program
Locations King Faisal University Research Station, Date Palm Research Center, Water Studies Center, etc
Subjects See Scope of interest
Status
Both ongoing and completed

Internal Organization
Chief official Dr. Khalid S Abdulsalam, Dean
Divisions Same as in Scope of interest
Professional staff
120
Total staff 150

Facilities
Office Large number of offices, many types of laboratories
Library 90,000 volumes in central library
Subcenters King Faisal University Training and Research Station, Date Palm Research Station, Water Studies Center
Exchange Facilities Available

History
Established in 1975

 

King Faisal University
WATER STUDIES CENTER

Mail address PO Box 380, Al-Hassa 31982
Telephone +966(3)580-0404 Fax +966(3)580-1243 Telex 861028 FAISAL SJ
Cable FAISAL

Nature Academic
Mission Research, training, advisory role
Scope of interest Water resources management, water use efficiency

Research program
Locations Agricultural Experimental Station, King Faisal University
Subjects Natural water resources management, evaluation of irrigation systems, comparative studies of irrigation systems for different crops, use of saline drainage water for crop production, irrigation management under saline conditions, water use efficiency of crop plants, crop water requirements, tolerance of plants to drought and salinity, effects of saline water on soil properties
Status Ongoing

Internal Organization
Chief official Dr. Yahya A. Al-Nabulsi, Director
Professional staff 6
Total staff 6

Facilities
Office Labs and fields in the Experimental Station, with irrigation systems such as basin, sprinkler, trickle and drip implemented in different Sites of the station; weather station for monitoring climatic factors
Library 1,000 volumes, plus maps and domestic reports
Exchange Facilities Arranged as needed

Publications
Serials Directory of Water Experts in the Kingdom, newsletter
Other Microcomputer Applications in Water Resources (English, Arabic); Changes in Soil Chemical Properties and in Yield of Hassawi Rice (Oryza sativa L.) as Influenced by Irrigation with Saline Drainage Water; Effect of Drainage Water and Nitrogen Fertilization on Kernel Yield, Vegetative Growth, and Nitrogen and Chlorophyll Contents of Hassawi Rice

History
Established in 1984

 

King Saud University (KSU)
CENTER FOR DESERT STUDIES

Mail address PO Box 2454, Riyadh 11451
Telephone +966 (1) 467-5571 Fax +966 (1) 467-5574

Nature National government
Mission Research
Financial support KSU
Working languages Arabic, English
Scope of interest Desertification, forestry studies, remote sensing, GIS, renewable natural resources, environment, ecology, range management
Research program
Locations Riyadh area
Subjects International botanical garden
Status Ongoing

Internal Organization
Chief official Prof. Dr. Khalid Al-Hamoudi
Divisions Departments of (1) Socioeconomics, (2) Afforestation, (3) Range Management, (4) Remote Sensing
Division heads (1) Prof. Dr. Khalid Al-Hamoudi, (2) Prof. Dr. Mouin F. Zoghet, (3) Dr. Salah Tag El-Deen, (4) Eng. Ali-Wafa A. Abu-Rishch
Professional staff 8
Total staff 23

Facilities
Office 300 sq m
Library Access to KSU Library with 1.5 million volumes
Computer catalog Yes (KSU library), using DOBIS
Remote access Available through the Computer Center at KSU
Computer searches Available
Formal networks Bitnet
Subcenters Experimental Field Station at Muzahmia, 50 km west of Riyadh

Publications
Texts, handbooks, reports, fact sheets; Prosopis Trees for Afforestation in the Arabian Peninsula (1990), Principles of Remote Sensing Technology (1993)
Publications list Available

History
Established in 1986