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MENAFN - Arab News - 17/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) Several young saudi inventors here say they are tired of 'flattery" and participation at local and international exhibitions and have urged investors in the kingdom to fund their creations.

they say they no longer want to receive medals and certificates. they would rather have public and private businesses provide the finance to ensure their inventions are turned into reality for the country's benefit.

abdulmalik bin khalid al-mubard a student inventor said: 'the private sector should back these innovations and build specialized factories to support them if they are worthy of it. investors should use their money in the service of the kingdom and its citizens."

al-mubard's invention is a 4-meter-wide and 2-meter-high flying ambulance that has the ability to maneuver through tight spaces. he said it could be used by government agencies including the civil defense special forces police and traffic police.

some universities and technical colleges have given inventors funding to produce their creations he said.

abdullah al-jaber another innovator urged local firms to help young saudi inventors. 'many investors around the world support the inventions of their youth while saudi investors are only content with applauding praising and flattery."

al-jaber has created a mobile electric laboratory in a single box which he says can be moved from one plant to another easily and can save businesses time and money.

'major companies such as saudi aramco saudi basic industries corp. and firms in jubail and yanbu can benefit from this innovation."

abdulrahman al-zahrani a student at dammam technology college has produced a device that accurately detects water leaks in large and small pipes using acoustic signals.

'my innovation will help us save water. it can be used by the national water company ministry of agriculture industrial facilities and residential buildings and compounds."

al-zahrani said he was frustrated because of the possibility that his device would never go beyond the walls of the college or some international exhibitions.

'it is disappointing that businessmen are reluctant to fund and develop national innovations. they don't have confidence in locally produced products."

muhammad al-ali from the same college said he and several students have developed a set of sensors that can reduce congestion in cities.

'the innovation is currently being applied in the streets of saudi aramco and the royal commission of jubail and yanbu."

'we have developed the device manually and hope it will be used in all the kingdom's cities and provinces" al-ali said.

yusuf amin a member of the robot club at the college said he has worked with students from the welding department to run traffic lights using solar power.

he said this would reduce consumption of electricity and other costs because all the products can be sourced locally.

he said many inventors have developed innovative products but businesspeople are not interested in providing funding even when these inventions have won local and international awards and were backed by testimonials from many officials.

abdullah al-duhaish the supervisor of the college's counseling and guidance office said many educational institutions support students by displaying their products locally and abroad but have limited funding and other capacity.

'investors show interest and admire these projects but their admiration is not enough."

'we wish that someone could support these talented young people so that they can bring their innovations to life at specialized industrial factories. i call on investors and businessmen in the kingdom to contribute and adopt all the innovations that serve the country and citizens."

businesspeople should develop projects and patent them with king abdulaziz city for science and technology he said.

'despite the excellent products of many college students no local investor has backed them. three of the college's students recently participated in an international scientific exhibition and won a bronze medal" he said.


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