Saudi environmental authority launches air-quality index

Updated 23 June 2018
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Saudi environmental authority launches air-quality index

JEDDAH: To mark World Environment Day 2018, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection (PME) has launched on its website a test version of a Gulf standards index measuring air quality in various parts of the Kingdom.

The initiative is part of the PME’s “relentless efforts to monitor environmental protection activities with a high degree of transparency,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Ansari, the authority’s vice president for environmental affairs. The index covers some 45 locations throughout the Kingdom around the clock, and will give air-quality readings in six colors, he added. 

The index “also helps track pollutants and contaminants by measuring elements affecting health, namely carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone gas, sulfur dioxide and dust particles,” Al-Ansari added. 


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.