April 25th, 2009 18:17 EST
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Visits Holy Mosques
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today paid a visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, where he inspected the facilities of KACST, was briefed on its research centers and future plans, and launched projects of the second construction phase of the city.
Upon arrival at the venue, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was greeted by the President of KACST Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel; Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, Deputy President of KACST for Research Institutes and Dr. Abdullah bin Ahmed Al-Rashid, Deputy President of KACST for support of Scientific Research.
Then the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques toured an exhibition displayed on the fringes of this occasion, including pavilions of the City`s research institutes. He was briefed on the City`s objectives, achievements and future plans.
The King also toured the National Center for Research on techniques of micro-(nano) and was briefed on its research fields, objectives, applications of nanotechnology, scientific programs and research projects with the world`s leading universities.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has personally participated in a test to produce a piece of nanotechnology, by pressing the button of the apparatus of laser`s pulse.
The Monarch also watched some of his photographs printed on a chip of silicon, by using the scanning electronic microscope via X-ion technology on the nano scale, the first of its kind in the Middle East.
Then, the President of KACST Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel presented two satellite photos for Makkah and Madinah to the monarch.
In a key speech, Dr. Al-Suwaiyel expressed happiness for the King`s visit to the City.
He said that the interests of the City were directed into three directions: service of the nation and nationals, support for national orientations and contribution in humanitarian knowledge.
He indicated that the establishment of KACST was bringing to reality a dream of the King going back to more than a quarter of a century.
During the visit, the King was accompanied by Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince General Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Assistant Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Military Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and a number of officials.