Schools suspended in Riyadh today over sandstorm fears

In this file photo, a traffic jam builds up in Riyadh during a sandstorm.
Updated 17 April 2018
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Schools suspended in Riyadh today over sandstorm fears

JEDDAH: Schools will be suspended in the national capital and a number of governorates in Riyadh province on Tuesday because of bad weather, the region's Ministry of Education said late on Monday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), General Director Hamad bin Nasser Al-Wahaib said the decision to suspend classes stemmed from a warning by the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection of a coming sandstorm.
Schools will also be suspended in the governorates of Rumah, Thadiq, Al Muzahimiyah, Huraymila, Al Diriyah and Dhurma, the education ministry said.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”