Blankets hung on Riyadh trees to warm the needy

Blankets hanging on trees in Riyadh.
Updated 17 December 2017
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Blankets hung on Riyadh trees to warm the needy

JEDDAH: As weather experts predict that this winter will be one of the harshest for Riyadh in years, some residents of a neighborhood in the capital are helping those in need.
A video has gone viral on Twitter showing pictures of blankets hanging on trees in Al-Rayyan district for those in need to keep warm.
Sultan Al-Mousa, who tweeted the video, said he hopes it will encourage more such initiatives. 
But as the neighborhood is considered well-off, there has been criticism that the gesture could have had a bigger impact in poverty-stricken areas such as Al-Oud, Al-Bathaa and Manfooha.
“The idea of the initiative should be commemorated, but the placement of the blankets was ill-advised since Al-Rayyan is inhabited by middle-class citizens,” said Riyadh resident Um Yazan. 
“The gesture is noble, but there should’ve been some thought beforehand.”


Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

Al-Khalb saaid the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years. (Photo: saudi.gov.sa)
Updated 15 min 56 sec ago
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Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services

JEDDAH: The Saudi government has always been keen to support every effort to develop joint Arab action for the future of transport in all Arab countries, Saudi Ports Authority President Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb said on Tuesday.
He was speaking at the 31st meeting of the Arab Transport Ministers Council, which is being held over two days at the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.
Al-Khalb said: “Arab countries have taken important steps toward coordinating and uniting efforts, visions, and experiences to improve all forms of transport in the region and promote mutual cooperation between them in many areas, including studying Arab cooperation approaches for developing transport systems, establishing transport networks and linking them, and facilitating the transportation of goods and passengers.
“Moreover, the Arab countries have discussed maximizing the use of multimodal transport and Arab land and sea link projects, as well as the development of legislative frameworks to support the partnership between the public and private sectors in the field of transport in Arab countries.”
Al-Khalb said the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years, owing it to the Saudi leadership’s generous support for the transport sector.
He said: “Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services, significantly developed the infrastructure, and prepared local talents, in addition to expanding projects for road construction, rail networks, and airport development, improving the efficiency of ports, advancing systems, and simplifying procedures and utilizing their components in various investment and service projects to meet the requirements of development.”