Met Office says foreign forecasts not credible

Updated 26 April 2013
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Met Office says foreign forecasts not credible

The General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection (GPMEP) warned against news made by world forecasters that the climate of the Kingdom is changing drastically, saying such media reports are imprecise and incorrect in the majority of cases.
Hussain Al Qahtani, spokesmen of the GPMEP, told Arab News: “The Kingdom is experiencing a transitional climate period and the General Presidency will issue a detailed report within the next two days on the weather situation in Saudi Arabia, highlighting the different factors that affect the climate.
He pointed out that weather changes are not in line with these foreign reports.
“Individuals shouldn’t take any notice of such reports no matter how credible the sources are.”
He added that most of the time, reports issued by global forecasters are proved wrong, challenging them and saying foreign forecasters cannot predict changes except in distinct regions.
The statement came in response to an American website that discussed the low pressure surrounding the Red Sea, a strong system that will continue until next week and is expected to affect the regions of Yanbu, Al Rayees, Ragheb, Thoul, Asfan, Jeddah, Shabieh and Laith. The report added it is expected to expand to the middle, north and east of the Kingdom.
At the same time, the Jawal special message service and Saudi Telecom stated that rough weather and heavy rain are predicted and that weather forecasters are predicting low pressure around the Red Sea area to expand to the east of the Kingdom between 24-27 April, with the existence of low, thick clouds carrying heavy rain from the west to the middle and east of the Kingdom.
Hussain Meira, vice president of GPMEP, said: “The rain predicted by global weather forecasters is not hazardous and the rainfall in Taef and Al Baha is seasonal. In addition, the Makkah region will not be affected.”
Nasser Al Sumaiti, an environmental expert, assured that there are climatic changes occurring in the Kingdom. Proof of this is that the weather has become more stable in the majority of areas in Saudi Arabia, with volatilities over the Aseer region and parts of the Jazan areas due to humidity. This will form clouds over mountainous areas and rainfall at noon time.
“Despite news about climate changes, the presidency confirms saturated tropical moisture that will prevail tomorrow evening and whose effects will become clearer at the end of this week and early next week, with clouds carrying large quantities of rains, concentrating in the middle and western regions, as well as the Al-Baha, Aseer and Eastern regions. Rains are expected to reach 50 millimetres in 24 hours in some areas, especially in the Taif, Baha and Riyadh triangle.
Dr. Ali Ashqi, professor of Climate and Environment at King Saud University, criticized the news on foreign websites: “Rains are predicted south west of the Kingdom that may expand to Taif, but this doesn’t mean that there will be heavy rains that will lead to catastrophe. There are foreign websites that transmit sensational news and rumours but we should always rely on local experts to arrive at a sound conclusion.”
Civil Defense in Jazan has warned citizens of the dangers of descending into valleys during flood run-offs following rainfall for their own safety, stressing the importance of following civil defense instructions to reduce the risk of rain and floods during the rainy season.


Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

Updated 22 April 2018
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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.