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.


Saudi ministry, tourism authority sign job training deal for unemployed

It is predicted that Saudi Arabia will see a 40 percent jump in domestic vacations by 2020. (SPA)
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Saudi ministry, tourism authority sign job training deal for unemployed

  • The tourism authority will develop a training program in partnership with the National Center for Human Resources Development (Takamul), and provide courses in tourism and hotel management for people on social security
  • Free housing will be provided for participants in the program

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage have signed an agreement that aims to provide jobs in the growing tourism industry for unemployed Saudis.
The deal was signed by the Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Riyadh, Yousef bin Mesfer Al-Sayali, and the Director General of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Abdul Aziz bin Hassan Al Hassan. It will offer training to working-age members of the 60,000 families on social-security benefits.
Under the agreement, the tourism authority will develop a training program in partnership with the National Center for Human Resources Development (Takamul), and provide courses in tourism and hotel management for people on social security in families with at lease six members, the youngest of whom must be at least 13 years old.
Free housing will be provided for participants in the program, in addition to which water and electricity bills will be paid and medical insurance provided for the family. Periodic follow-ups will be carried out to check the success of the program.
Al-Sayali said the agreement will contribute to the filling of many jobs in the tourism sector and will help families to benefit from its growth and development.