Green revolution: Jeddah to have 76 new gardens

Updated 08 May 2013
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Green revolution: Jeddah to have 76 new gardens

Jeddah is getting a green makeover with the mayoralty planning to build 76 new gardens at a cost of SR 68 million by the end of the year.
Abd Al-Aziz Al-Nahari, spokesman for Jeddah Mayoralty, said the project would cover many neighborhoods of Jeddah, depending on “demographic density,” and where there are currently few or no gardens.
He said the contracts have already been awarded to international firms specializing in garden design and construction. “Implementation will be under the direct supervision of the municipalities in the various neighborhoods,” he said.
The project covers the following gardens: Obhur 17; New Jeddah 6; Airport 18; Al-Aziziyyah 10; Briman 9; the university 3; Umm Al-Salam 4; the south 5; and Zahban 4.
The gardens will feature pathways, parking lots, sunshades, water tanks, irrigation networks, playgrounds for children, lighting posts, football fields, special areas for families, cafeterias and toilets.
He said that over the last two years the mayoralty has built more than 50 open municipal yards (green areas) with playgrounds for children and special shaded sections for families. It also built more than 30 yards, which brings the total number of gardens in Jeddah to 600, covering a total area of 2,362,302 square meters.
Last year, the mayoralty planted greenery in 627 locations covering 2,136,988 square meters. This is in addition to 48 city squares covering 289,526 square meters.


Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

Updated 17 October 2018
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Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

  • ‘I think we have to find out what happened first’
  • ‘Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said. “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned.”

The Oval Office interview came not long after Trump spoke Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He spoke by phone a day earlier with King Salman.

After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that “rogue killers” may have been responsible for the disappearance. The president told the AP on Tuesday that that description was informed by his “feeling” from his conversation with Salman and that the king did not use the term.

“It sounded to me, maybe these could have been rogue killers,” Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Turkey and has met with President Recep Tayipp Erdogan after the senior US diplomat’s talks with King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh on the case of Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince.

“We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.