Citizens, expats urged to clean up Jeddah’s streets

Updated 24 January 2013
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Citizens, expats urged to clean up Jeddah’s streets

Residents and expatriates are equally responsible for cleaning up Jeddah’s streets, said Mohammed Ali Al-Yami, coordinator of Jeddah Friends, an organization formed under the auspices of Jeddah Municipality.
Al-Yami is the director of the municipality’s social responsibility program aimed at bringing together volunteers to protect the city’s environment.
He said Tuesday that the municipality cannot do the job alone and depends on the community to help out. A total of 2,000 citizens and residents have signed up to the program, he added. Social networking sites are being used to spread the message.
Volunteers are carefully screened before they are given identifiable clothing and identity cards, he said. An English version of Jeddah Friends will be launched soon, he added.
“We should treat the environment as we do our own houses,” he added.
Al-Yami said that there was a long road ahead in creating awareness and involving the community in this social responsibility program.
Cleaning up the Corniche was one of the first projects of Jeddah Friends. The city’s coast was prone to visitors littering. For this reason many organizations and individuals have come together to clean up the beaches on weekends.
He said a nine-kilometer run will be held at the Corniche in future to raise awareness about keeping the coastal area clean. In addition, a youth festival was launched in the spring holidays that will continue until Jan. 28. He said Jeddah Friends hope to eventually involve 500,000 citizens and expatriates in the festival’s activities that include sports competitions and photography.
Government agencies and private companies are taking part.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”