Saudi Arabia meteorology center predicts unstable weather starting today

The Saudi National Center for Meteorology predicts that unstable weather will hit some parts of the Kingdom starting on Monday. (AFP File Photo)
Updated 07 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia meteorology center predicts unstable weather starting today

  • Sand-raising winds could affect visibility due to dust
  • Medium to heavy thundershowers are expected on Monday and Tuesday

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection predicts that unstable weather will hit some parts of the Kingdom starting on Monday.
Sand-raising winds could affect visibility due to dust, it said in a statement.
It also said temperatures would rise in various areas of the Kingdom including Makkah, Madinah and Tabuk, including the coastal regions.
Al-Jouf and the northern border region, Hail, Qasim, and Hafr Al-Batin and the western parts of Riyadh will also be affected.
The dusty winds are likely to stay until Tuesday with wind speed expected to exceed 60 kilometers per hour especially during daytime, affecting the horizontal vision on roads.
Medium to heavy thundershowers are expected on Monday and Tuesday on the coastal areas of Tabuk, Al-Jouf, and the northern border region of Hail. 
Moderate downpours will be also expected in Qasim and the highlands in Makkah and Madinah, and will extend to Riyadh and the Eastern Region on Wednesday and Thursday.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.