Ambitious plan to turn Riyadh into green zone

Updated 24 May 2012
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Ambitious plan to turn Riyadh into green zone

The Higher Commission for the Development of Arriyadh (HCDA) launched an environmentally ambitious program, the first of its kind in the region. The program aims at afforestation of the Riyadh region, reduction of degradation and control of the causes as part of the HCDA’s care and concerns, while monitoring the environmental situation in light of the impact of environmental resources due to climate changes and human activities.
The program intends to increase vegetation in mountain passes and valleys and establish gardens. This will encourage the growth of flora and fauna.
The program has implemented two pilot tree plantations in Thumamah park consisting of about 6,000 trees that are subject to regular follow-up processes and measurements for their growth and periodic monitoring in terms of their location and method of planting and irrigation.
The experimental implementation of the plantation project in the main park includes the cultivation of 80,000 trees, consisting of various environmental-friendly species, and scientific experiments to learn and develop better monitoring methods.
Part of the program is the creation of a seed bank aimed to increase the number of plants in the future and the preservation of some species from extinction. Classification as well as collecting seeds from native plants based on the scientific classification of plants will also be studied in a laboratory equipped with the latest technology.


Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ imitation voice message

Updated 25 April 2018
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Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ imitation voice message

JEDDAH: Two suspects facing 12 terror-related charges are on trial in a Riyadh-based court, Okaz newspaper reported.
The suspects are on trial for recording a voice message where they imitated the voices of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an effort to criticize the local Abha Tourism Festival.
The first suspect is facing eight charges, including supporting terror groups Al-Nusra Front and Daesh.
The suspect is accused of preparing, sending and storing items deemed harmful to public order and morals. He was also communicating with a member of Daesh in Syria, the newspaper added.
He appears to follow social media accounts affiliated with Daesh, in addition to disseminating information and publications by the terror group via Twitter and Telegram and WhatsApp to his friends, including the second suspect, whom he had shared Daesh-related videos with.
The second suspect is facing four charges, including meeting the first suspect, inciting him to support terror groups, and harboring him from security forces.
He is also accused of disturbing public order by taking part in a voice message that criticized the Abha festival, by sending it via WhatsApp to a number of friends.