5 expats returning from Umrah die in Riyadh road accident

This combination image shows Abdul Aziz and his family before the tragedy and the wreck of their car after the accident.
Updated 14 May 2017
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5 expats returning from Umrah die in Riyadh road accident

RIYADH: Five Bangladeshis, including four members of a family, died in a road accident on their way to Hafar Al-Batin in the Eastern Province after performing Umrah on Saturday.
Dr. Sarwar Alam, labor counselor of the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh, told Arab News on Sunday that the tragedy happened near the town of Umm Al-Jamajem in Riyadh region while the family was returning home after a week's stay in Makkah and Madinah. The road crash took place at around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday.
The deceased have been identified as Abdul Aziz, his 12-year-old son Arafat, 4-year-old daughter Ariya, mother-in-law Zobeda Khanam, and driver Masud.
Alam said the children and driver died on the spot, while Aziz and his mother-in-law died at Al Artawiyah Hospital in Al-Artawiyah town, not far from the accident site.
The only survivor of the accident was Aziz's wife, who is currently being treated at a hospital in Riyadh.
Alam said the embassy has sent a team to Hafr Al-Batin to look after the interests of the victims. The mission is also monitoring the condition of the patient.
The family is from Feni district in Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Saudi Arabia marks international biodiversity day

Updated 23 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia marks international biodiversity day

  • The Saudi Wildlife Authority marked the day under the slogan “Celebrating 25 years of efforts to protect biodiversity.”
  • Acknowledging the day is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 which promotes environmental sustainability to protect nature.

RIYADH: The Saudi Wildlife Authority joined the world as it celebrated the annual International Day for Biological Diversity, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The authority marked the day under the slogan “Celebrating 25 years of efforts to protect biodiversity.”

Vice President of the Saudi Wildlife Authority, Hani bin Mohammed Ali Tatwani, said marking the day is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 which promotes environmental sustainability to protect nature.

The authority was established in 1986 and is responsible for the conservation and development of wildlife in the kingdom.

Several events were held at the Bujairi Quarter and Al-Hayat Mall to commemorate the date.

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.