Kuala Lumpur, May 30: Saudi Arabia has inked a deal with local firm, Vigilant (M) Sdn Bhd, to purchase a "Water from Air" product that will help its people reduce their dependence on bottled water.
Prominent Saudi Arabian businesswoman Nouf Idrees signed a memorandum of understanding with Vigilant Managing Director K Krish Kumar recently to create Vigilant Saudi Arabia, which will act as the sole importer, distributor and agent of the Malaysian entity.
Vigilant Sdn Bhd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the QI Group of Companies which has its headquarters in Hong Kong.
Krish said in a statement that the product will help Saudi Arabians reduce their dependence on bottled water, resulting in cost savings of 57 per cent.
The product works by extracting air from the atmosphere and condensing it through several filters to produce clean and safe drinking water.
Since Saudi Arabia has limited water resources and a high evaporation rate, the "Water from Air" product will ensure households and offices have drinking water throughout the day.
QI, helmed by Malaysian entrepreneur Vijay Eswaran, last year opened its operational headquarters in Petaling Jaya with the purchase of a RM60 million building in PJ8. (USD 1= RM 3.05) "Our 15-litre capacity desktop unit can produce each litre of water at USD 0.15 compared to USD 0.35 for a litre of bottled water.