UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change. (AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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UN chief praises KSA’s investment in renewables

  • We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel

JEDDAH: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on other rich nations to follow the example of the Kingdom in investing in renewables, during a speech in which he warned of the dire consequences of failing to tackle climate change and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
He said: “We need to curb deadly greenhouse gas emissions, push climate action, and swiftly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuel,” urging the world’s rich countries to diversify their economies. In a speech on climate change at the UN permanent headquarters in New York before the Global Climate Action Summit, to be held in San Francisco from Sept. 12 to 14, the secretary-general said that the world is facing a “direct existential threat.”
He warned that if we fail to change course by 2020, we will no longer be able to avoid uncontrolled climate change, and its accompanying dire consequences for people and natural systems.
A report published last Wednesday concluded that switching to renewable energy will not only save money but will also create new jobs, waste less water, boost food production and clean polluted air that kills people.


World celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 23 September 2018
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World celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: From Dubai to Beirut to New York and Washington, D.C., Saudi National Day was celebrated outside of the Kingdom on Sunday as a show of patriotism by Saudis abroad and as a sign of friendship by countries around the world.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30 p.m. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50 p.m.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag last night, while the Nasdaq Tower’s electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

The images were posted by Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operation of the New York equities exchange, on Twitter with the message: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National Day.”

 

 

In Lebanon, Pigeons’ Rock, also known as the Rock of Raouché, located in the sea of the western capital of Beirut, was lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. The rock, one of the most important Lebanese monuments, was lit during a ceremony attended by the charge d'affaires of Saudi Arabia, Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari, along with a crowd of dignitaries, including the Mayor of Beirut.

In Washington, the Saudi embassy’s National Day bus toured around the capital on the weekend inviting people to its celebrations on Sunday in National Harbor, Maryland.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars - one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on the routes EK 813 and EK 814 on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. Crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers boarding the aircraft.pic.twitter.com/U36yYpxE8T

Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood.

In the UAE, children at some schools dressed in green and sang the anthems of both countries, carrying both of their flags. In the evening, there was a Saudi National Day celebration at La Mer beachfront in Dubai that featured a supercar parade, traditional Saudi dancers and, of course, fireworks.