Saudi Arabia to intensify campaign to detect environmental violations

The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection plans to intensify checks, during the month of Ramadan, to ensure compliance with environmental protection guidelines. (Reuters)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia to intensify campaign to detect environmental violations

  • Inspection teams will inform officials and owners of enterprises about the significant impact of environmental violations.
  • The authority detected several violations during its first campaign “1001” in Riyadh, before heading to the Eastern Region to ensure that industrial and development entities are abiding by regulations.

RIYADH: The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection plans to intensify, during the month of Ramadan, inspections for potential environmental violations.

Inspection teams will also inform officials and owners of enterprises about the significant impact of environmental violations.

The authority detected several violations during its first campaign “1001” in Riyadh, before heading to the Eastern Region to ensure that industrial and development entities are abiding by regulations that protect the environment and its resources.

The campaign surveyed 2,000 kilometers from the Jordanian border to the Yemeni border. The second phase of the campaign was launched from the Saudi-Kuwaiti border, covering an area of 1,600 km.


Ever wondered how they clean the floor around the Kaaba during Hajj? Quickly

Updated 19 August 2018
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Ever wondered how they clean the floor around the Kaaba during Hajj? Quickly

  • Hundreds of thousands of people walk around the Kaaba during Hajj
  • The process of cleaning the floor is a well rehearsed task that takes minutes

DUBAI: With millions of people currently attending Makkah as they perform the Hajj pilgrimage, which includes circumambulating the Kaaba, it is no wonder that things need to be cleaned.

This sped-up video footage, that has been shared on social media, shows how teams of cleaners enter the Mataf (the circumambulation area around the Kaaba), while a line of security stop the pilgrims entering the area which is being cleaned with a long line of rope.  

The process is well rehearsed, so the teams of cleaners take little time to ensure the area is ready in a short time, so that pilgrims can continue.

Here’s the video: