Expect more rain to fall in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif, Saudi weather authority says

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Updated 21 November 2017
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Expect more rain to fall in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif, Saudi weather authority says

JEDDAH: Residents in Jeddah and neighboring areas should expect for more rain to fall, the Kingdom’s weather authority said late Tuesday.
“Rain will continue in Jeddah while heavy rain is expected in Makkah and Taif,” the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology & Environmental Protection, said in its latest weather update posted on Twitter.
Torrential rain lashed parts of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday forcing authorities to close schools and universities in some parts of the country.
In the Makkah region, the directorate announced on Twitter the suspension of classes for the safety of students.
As residents went out onto the streets to witness the downpour the Civil Defense called on people to avoid areas prone to flooding, and to avoid going near rivers.
Meanwhile, education officials in Taif and Jeddah announced that all schools would remain closed, citing the weather, state news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Authorities have closed six tunnels in Jeddah that were flooded by waters due to heavy rains.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Madinah and Makkah regions, including the coastal areas, as well as the mountains of Jazan, Asir and Baha regions.


Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

Updated 22 July 2019
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Saudi scouts in the US for world jamboree

  • The 24th World Scout Jamboree runs from July 22 until August 2
  • 45,000 youths from more than 150 scout associations are participating

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Scouts Association will participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree under the theme “Unlock a New World” at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, US.

The jamboree will run from July 22 until Aug. 2 with the participation of 45,000 young people representing more than 150 scout associations members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, said that the Kingdom’s delegation included more than 100 scouts and rover scouts between the ages of 14-17 and would include educational activities that promoted peace, intercultural understanding and life leadership skills.

He said that the jamboree slogan would also inspire scouts to become active citizens able to create a more sustainable world by identifying global issues such as climate change through activities including hiking and workshops so they could help themselves in a rapidly changing world.

The jamboree is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the Scout Movement, which serves more than 51 million youth worldwide.