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.


Saudi Red Sea project to offer visa on arrival for tourists

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Saudi Red Sea project to offer visa on arrival for tourists

  • Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project has been registered as a standalone company
  • The venture will be will be headed by John Pagano, former director of London’s Canary Wharf business zone

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project will offer visas on arrival for overseas visitors following the creation of a company to deliver the ambitious project.
The project marked a milestone on Sunday with its incorporation as a standalone closed joint-stock company, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), wholly owned by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The company, which in October announced Virgin Group founder Richard Branson as one of its board members, on Sunday said it had recruited John Pagano, the former managing director of development for the UK’s Canary Wharf Group as its chief executive.
The newly-incorporated company will now move forward with the creation of its Special Economic Zone, with its own regulatory framework, it said in a statement.
The framework will be separate from the base economy, with a special emphasis on environmental sustainability, and will offering visa on entry, relaxed social norms, and improved business regulations.
“The destination will provide a unique sense of place for visitors and offer nature lovers, adventurers, cultural explorers and guests looking to escape and rejuvenate, a wide range of exclusive experiences, combining luxury, tranquillity, adventure and beautiful landscapes,” said Pagano.
The first phase of The Red Sea Project — which will occupy an area greater than the size of Belgium between the cities of Al-Wajh and Umluj — will include hotels and residential units, along with a new costal town, an airport and a marina, and is due for completion by late 2022, the company said.
Authorities hope the project will create as many as 35,000 jobs and contribute SR15 billion ($3.99 billion) to the local economy.
The project, unveiled last July by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of the key developments in Saudi Arabia’s strategy to develop its tourism sector, alongside Qiddiya, an entertainment resort near Riyadh that will be two-and-a-half times the size of Disney World.
The country’s Vision 2030 economic development plan is targeting the creation of 1.2 million new jobs in the Saudi tourism sector by 2030.