Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

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Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavorable conditions. (AN Photo)
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Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavorable conditions. (AN Photo)
Updated 19 February 2019
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Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

  • Heavy dust clouds hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays
  • Storm created unfavorable conditions, with wind speeds reaching 40 kilometers per hour

RIYADH: A sandstorm hit Riyadh on Tuesday, enveloping the city in heavy dust clouds that hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays.

Traffic police in Riyadh advised motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint. (AN Photo)

Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavorable conditions, with the maximum temperature at 19 and minimum at 6 degrees Celsius, and wind speeds reaching 40 kilometers per hour.

Traffic police in Riyadh warned residents to take care, whilst telling motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint.

Traffic police in Riyadh advised motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint. (AN Photo)

People with respiratory conditions, meanwhile, were also advised to avoid going outside where possible.

 


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.