More rain expected in Saudi Arabia for the next few days

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Heavy rain and flash floods are expected to continue in different regions of Saudi Arabia in the next two days. (SPA)
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A lightning flash brighten the darks skies of Al Jouf province on Nov. 24, 2018. (SPA)
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Qassim province has experienced heavy rain in the past days. (SPA)
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Qassim province has experienced heavy rain in the past days. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2018
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More rain expected in Saudi Arabia for the next few days

  • Saudi Arabia has never received such heavy rains in the month of November, says professor
  • Civil Defense Directorate urges the public to “to take the highest degree of caution and safety during rainfall and to avoid visiting places prone to flash floods"

RIYADH: The General Directorate of Civil Defense has urged citizens and expatriates to take utmost precautions in view of the warning about the continued inclement weather, heavy rain and flash floods that are expected to hit different regions of the Kingdom. 

Intermittent rains have been lashing the capital city since the early hours of Thursday while weather experts have predicted more rain for the next few days. 

Prof. Mansour Almazroui, director of the Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research at the Jeddah-based King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) told Arab News that light to heavy rains would continue to occur in the Kingdom including the capital city. 

He said the northern, central, southwestern and eastern parts of Saudi Arabia have received heavy rains causing flash floods in different regions.

He said the Kingdom has never received such heavy rains in the month of November. “It could be considered the wettest November in the country’s history,” Almazroui said.

He said the current rainfall system is likely to prevail over Saudi Arabia until Nov. 26, 2018, and is expected to unleash rain and thunderstorms in some places of central, northeastern, eastern and some southwestern parts of the Kingdom including Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE. 

He said: “There are chances of moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers in some places in eastern and southwestern parts of Saudi Arabia during the next two days.” 

The KAU professor said another rainfall system is likely to approach northern/northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia by the end of November, which may cause rain and thunderstorm in some places. 

The Civil Defense urged the masses “to take the highest degree of caution and safety during rainfall and to avoid visiting places prone to flash floods.”

Picnickers and desert travelers have been warned to stay away from valleys and reefs during heavy rain or flash floods, and not to risk crossing flood passages or intersections. Heavy rainfall already took several lives early this month, when different regions of the Kingdom were hit by severe weather conditions.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”