Saudi Arabia faces further severe weather and flash floods

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Saudi Arabia’s western province of Makkah is bracing itself for further extreme weather conditions. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s western province of Makkah is bracing itself for further extreme weather conditions. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s western province of Makkah is bracing itself for further extreme weather conditions. (SPA)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia faces further severe weather and flash floods

  • The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned that heavy winds along with thunder and rain
  • Heavy fog during the early hours of Wednesday morning was also reported in the Makkah region

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s western province of Makkah is bracing itself for further extreme weather conditions, with the risk of thunder and rain, leading to possible flash flooding in some areas.

The country’s General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned that heavy winds along with thunder and rain would hit Jazan, Asir and Baha heights, including the coast on Wednesday.

And the weather forecast website Accuweather has warned the rainfall could lead to flash flooding, weather forecast website.

Heavy fog during the early hours of Wednesday morning was also reported in the Makkah region, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Meanwhile, severe weather warnings have been issued, predicting strong winds and high waves in the Red Sea. 

On Tuesday, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal visited Al-Lith province following heavy rain that damaged homes.

The governor toured a number of affected neighborhoods, where he met residents.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah, Nayef Al-Sharif called on citizens and residents to abide by safety instructions and guidelines while driving in the streets during the rain.


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

Updated 22 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.