Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

School children in Taif gather during a National Day celebration in this file photo. Schools in Taif are closed on Thursday due to bad weather. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2018
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Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

JEDDAH: Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia will be closed Thursday, for the fourth straight day, to maintain the safety of students due to bad weather.
The Madinah Education Authority announced that schools in the Khaybar, Hunakiyah and Wadi Fara'a areas will remain closed, following early warnings issued by the meteorological body cautioning about the extreme wind levels of the dust on the area
Taif University also announced all its campuses will be shut Thursday due to the bad weather conditions.
In the southwest region of Bisha, education authorities announced that schools in the area will remain closed, including the University of Bisha and its campus in Tathlith.
There have been no further announcements of school closures by the Makkah and Jeddah educational authorities, which had made similar announcements in the previous days.
Meanwhile, Madinah Health Affairs General Directorate said they have received 1,384 emergency cases suffering from complications due to the severe dust storms.
Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense earlier said that sandstorms had severely restricted visibility in various areas in southwestern Saudi Arabia as well as neighboring parts of the region.
The authorities urged caution, particularly while driving, and stressed that residents of the affected areas should avoid lingering near scaffolding, lampposts, umbrellas, trees, billboards and construction sites.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expected the sandstorms to continue from Thursday to Monday.


Minister of Islamic Affairs meets senior guests of Hajj and Umrah 2018 program

Updated 17 min 41 sec ago
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Minister of Islamic Affairs meets senior guests of Hajj and Umrah 2018 program

  • Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said that the hosting program is a service for scholars, preachers, sheikhs and influential people in the Islamic world
  • Al-Asheikh highlighted the importance of the role played by scholars to explain the message of Islam and the moderate approach that fights radicalism and extremism

JEDDAH: The hospitality of King Salman highlights his interest in Islam, scholars, as well as the security and stability of Islamic countries, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, said during a speech to senior guests of the Hajj and Umrah 2018 program.
Al-Asheikh conveyed the greetings of the king and the crown prince. “I welcome the guests of the program in Saudi Arabia, their second country,” he said. “I wish you all good times of faith in the holy sites, as well as easy Hajj and Umrah rituals. May you enjoy days full of faith next to the Kaaba.”
He said that the hosting program is a service for scholars, preachers, sheikhs and influential people in the Islamic world. There is no doubt that the Islamic world has many prominent elites that have great influence on education and fatwa; this is why the program stresses conveying the Saudi message of serving the Muslim world to these elites, he said.
Al-Asheikh highlighted the importance of the role played by scholars to explain the message of Islam and the moderate approach that fights radicalism and extremism. “You are the best model in your country. You carry the message of Islam and spread the truth there, explaining many crucial concepts,” he said.
He said that King Salman and the crown prince are continuously supervising work to develop the holy sites and organize the Hajj and Umrah journey for the best of the pilgrims.
The minister listened to the speeches of senior guests who noted the continuous efforts of the Kingdom under the leadership the king and the crown prince, serving Islam and Muslims and defending their causes.
The senior guests thanked the Kingdom for this program that reflects the leadership’s attention to scholars and influential figures in countries around the world.
Al-Asheikh has started his visit to the guests’ residence in Makkah, inspecting the hotel facilities, and making sure all committees are ready. During his visit to the medical committee, he checked on the guests and emphasized the need to provide medical care around the clock and ensure that there is nothing to impede Hajj rituals.