Minister: Dig wells to avoid high water bills

Updated 31 March 2016
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Minister: Dig wells to avoid high water bills

TAIF: Facing increasing complaints about high water bills, Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen has urged consumers to get permits to dig wells so that they can avoid paying the new tariffs introduced by the government in December.
Al-Hussayen was also quoted as saying by a local publication on Tuesday that the government had introduced several awareness campaigns to educate people on water rationing.
However, there had been poor response from the public. There had also been little action from people to check whether they had leakages at their homes so that they could save water, he said.
Al-Hussayen said the provision of cheap and often free water for a long time had resulted in considerable abuse. He said the Kingdom was a country that had few water resources but one of the world’s biggest consumers of the precious commodity.
He said that people who want to complain about high prices must contact the National Water Company. Any change in prices would have to be discussed by the Shoura Council, he said.
Al-Hussayen’s comments come in the wake of the Shoura reportedly stating that it had not been consulted about the price increases. The body said that it would study a report by the ministry on the increase in water tariffs, according to a media report.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.