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3,000 invited guests watch fireworks under the large ceremony hall tent for a multimedia extravaganza during the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Inauguration Ceremony September 23, 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (about 80 Kilometers north of Jeddah.) The University will act as a living laboratory by demonstrating that environmentally responsible methods of energy use, materials management, and water consumption are viable in the Middle East and across the globe. (Photo by Scott Nelson).