More than 100 young divers to take part in Red Sea cleanup

Updated 14 February 2014
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More than 100 young divers to take part in Red Sea cleanup

In a unique move to maintain ecological balance, over 100 young divers are planning to clean the Red Sea bed to save the corals and sea animals to protect the environment.
The cleaning operation being launched under the slogan “Environment without Waste” and under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Misha’al bin Majed will start on Feb. 20 in front of Hilton Hotel Corniche to save the environment, rehabilitation and protection of coral growth, the life source for over 80 percent of aquatic creatures.
The divers will clean the algae accumulated on the surface of the sea that block sun rays, coral surface, and remove the waste people throw into the sea and fishing strings left behind by fishermen.
In the program, 150 students will also participate to distribute awareness brochures on the importance of environmental safety and help the divers in this program to maintain the cleanliness of the depths of the sea, the coral reefs that are home to many fish and sea creatures.
The program is being organized by the National Company for Petrochemical Industries Co. (NATPET) and Century Events as part of their social responsibility for environmental protection, particularly in maintaining life in the sea, especially coral reefs.
NAPTET CEO Jamal Jamil Malika said that they are sponsoring the event as part of the company social responsibility toward environmental preservation. “Environmental preservation is an important objective of the company, and it is our duty to serve the community and maintain sustainable resources. The program is being held under the aegis of the Union of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals, which aims to increase awareness about disposal of waste in a responsible manner,” he said.
He said the goal of this event is to motivate school students to refrain from littering, and collecting the waste instead, and assist in recycling to protect marine environment.
Ahmed Sahab, CEO of Century Events, said the event is one of the many awareness messages carried out by Century Events as part of its social responsibility activities.


UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 10 min ago
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UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”