Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

Updated 23 April 2018
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Volunteer divers haul early 1,600 kg of rubbish from Jeddah’s waters

  • 100 divers participated in the cleanup
  • National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme aims to raise environmental awareness among Saudis

JEDDAH: One hundred divers managed to collect 1,673 kilograms of waste along the beachfront of north and south Jeddah on Sunday.

Under the slogan “We’ll take care of the waters while you handle the surface,” the divers volunteered to clean the sea as part of the six-month National Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development Programme (NEASDP), which was launched earlier this year by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal bin Majid.

The NEASDP targets all Jeddah citizens and visitors and addresses all environmental issues through wide-ranging strategies that include waste management, recycling, the conservation of marine, coastal, and terrestrial areas, green buildings, the preservation of public property, environmental citizenship, and energy and water conservation.

The program also addresses issues such as climate change, environmental pollution, environmental health and safety, wildlife, and biodiversity.

In the short term, the program aims to raise the locals’ environmental awareness and develop sustainable, environment-friendly behaviors. 

In the long run, it aims to reinforce environment-friendly behaviors, shed light on environmental issues and sustainable development, and introduce a new sustainable mechanism for sustainable environmental education programs to achieve a high level of environmental public awareness that ensures the protection of the Saudi environment in a manner that contributes to attaining Vision 2030.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.