Snowfall and low temperatures expected in KSA's northern regions

Snow falls in the northern region of Tabuk in this January 2016 file photo. (SPA)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Snowfall and low temperatures expected in KSA's northern regions

TABUK, Saudi Arabia: The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection has forecast that the northern regions of the Kingdom will witness snowfall on Thursday and Friday.

It also forecast temperatures to fall below zero in Tabuk region, with a 10 percent chance of rainfall.

Hussein Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that a cold air front will push toward the northern areas on Thursday and Friday, and will continue until the middle of next week. This front is expected to cause snowfall particularly in the Northern Borders and Jawf regions, accompanied by very low temperatures, reaching -2°C.

The front will also cause sporadic rain on Friday morning and afternoon. Large areas of the Kingdom, including the northern regions, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, will experience dust storms which may reduce horizontal visibility to around 1,000 meters or less.


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 59 min 55 sec ago
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.