Heavy rain lashes provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

Weather warnings remained in place for much of the Kingdom after heavy rainfall affected provinces across Saudi Arabia on Thursday. (SPA/File Photo)
Updated 25 November 2018
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Heavy rain lashes provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

JEDDAH: Weather warnings remained in place for much of the Kingdom after heavy rainfall affected provinces across Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) issued an advanced warning of medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms spanning from the northern border of the Kingdom down to the Eastern Province, and also including the Riyadh Region.
Saudis posted videos and photos of the scenery in Al-Bajadiya, Riyadh Region.

Meanwhile, other cities were expected to continue having thunderstorms, including Al-Madinah in the Hijaz region, and Al-Jouf in the North.
Earlier Thursday, Jeddah residents shared videos of rain flooding a main street in Old Makkah Road.

The Gulf and the Middle East have been affected by the storms that have passed through. Kuwait International Airport has suspended and redirected all flights. Ministries, universities, public and private schools remained shut in Kuwait.
Flash floods in Jordan forced nearly 4000 tourists out of the ancient city of Petra, killing at least 11 people.

 


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.