Names of winners of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Water Prize announced

Prince Khalid bin Sultan: Crown Prince’s health is good, has interest in prize

Arab ministers of transport adopted maritime linkage project

Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General for Military Affairs who is also Chairman of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water Council, chaired a meeting at his office at the Ministry of Defense in Riyadh to determine the winners of this year's 4th Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.

The SR1million worth prize for innovation was shared by two research teams, a U.S. team led by Dr. Mark Zureda and Dr. Daren Deselts on the use of the cosmic ray probe to measure the rate of water and ice-incubated fish contents in soil while the other research team, was composed of Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez, a U.S. national, and Dr. Andrea Renaldo of Switzerland in the field of hydraulic environment on the relation between water, geomorphology and environment science.

The prize on the surface water and artesian water branches were withheld as the works submitted were short of qualification.

The non-traditional alternative water resources prize worth SR500,000 was won by Dr. Part Van Der Proghen of Belgium. Dr. Shoros Soroshian of the U.S. won the Management and Protection of Water Resources worth SR500,000.

In a statement following the meeting, Prince Khalid bin Sultan described the prize as the biggest in the world of its kind, vowing that next year's meeting would approve a proposed strategy to enlarge the prize.

The giving away ceremony of the prizes to the winners would be held on 30 Dhul-Hijja 1431 H., officials said, adding that the event would coincide with the opening ceremony of the 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Dry Environment 2010 to be held from 6-8 December 2010.

Meanwhile, Arab Ministers of Transport Council concluded its meeting in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria last week, approving the maritime link project among Arab countries as an issue to be forwarded to the Arab economic, developmental and social summit to be held in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Egypt, in January 2011.

Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraysiri, Minister of Transport, led Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the meeting.

The participants also recommended that an extraordinary session for the Arab Transport Ministers be held to finally draft the project before sending it to the summit.

Jordan has offered to host the meeting from 13 -14 December. The meeting also approved a study on road safety in Arab countries, presented by the Arab Union for Land Transportation.

Suraysiri, Minister of Transport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who led his country's delegation to the recently-concluded Arab Transport Ministers Council in this Egyptian resort city of Alexandria said that last night's meeting of the Arab Transport Ministers Executive Bureau has drafted a number of resolutions that were submitted to the Arab Transport Council.

He said most of the work of the Executive bureau is a drafting and follow-up work, describing it as important for the success of the ministers' council.

In response to a question on whether a conference for Arab Civil Aviation Ministers would be convoked, Dr. Al-Suraysiri said that some issues relating to civil aviation were discussed and forwarded to the Arab ministers in charge of civil aviation.