Meteorology warns of thunderstorms, rain over Makkah, Najran and Eastern region

Lightning strikes over Jeddah skyline on November 17, 2015. (Reuters)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Meteorology warns of thunderstorms, rain over Makkah, Najran and Eastern region

  • The authority warned residents in Makkah and Najran of thunder rains accompanied by dust-lifting winds
  • The authority warned residents of the Eastern Region of thunder rains and dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia has said that thunderstorms and rain are expected over the regions of Makkah, Najran and the Eastern Region.
The authority warned residents in Makkah of thunder rains accompanied by dust-lifting winds in the city and its nearby areas, including Taif, Turba, Al-Khorma, Meysan, and Beni Saad.
Thunder rains are also expected in Najran and Habouna, accompanied by dust-lifting winds as well.
The weather forecast is expected to begin in those areas at 12pm local time on Sunday and will continue until 1am on Monday.
The authority warned residents of the Eastern Region of thunder rains and dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility.
This will be affecting the regions of Dammam, Dharan, Baqeeq, Ihsaa, Qatif and its nearby areas.
These weather condition are forecast to start at 10am Sunday and would last until 5pm the same day.
Najran will also experience dust storms that would limit the horizontal visibility starting 7:20 p.m. on Sunday and will continue until Monday evening.
In Al-Baha region, the authority said mild to heavy thunderstorms accompanied by hail and active dusty winds that could lead to a torrential runoff.


MBS award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

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MBS 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.