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.

 


King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

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King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

RIYADH: Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s father, the late King Faisal, was a beacon of aspiration and hope. 

During his reign, the first girls’ schools were introduced, and he focused on educating the Saudi population as a whole to promote peace. 

The King Faisal Foundation was founded by King Faisal’s sons and daughters to commemorate his memory and vision. 

The significance of the annual King Faisal Prize (KFP) dates back to when a reporter asked him how he saw Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time. 

The king responded: “I see Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time as a wellspring of radiance for humanity.” 

The root of the foundation and the prize stems from his vision for all of humanity: Peace through education.

“The prize was established by the King Faisal Foundation soon after the foundation was formed,” Prince Turki told Arab News.

“It carries the message that the welfare of humanity is the primary importance of service to humanity,” he said. 

“The versatility of Islam is celebrating knowledge for all nationalities. As the first verse in the Holy Qur’an was ‘Read,’” Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Subayyil, secretary-general of KFP, told Arab News. 

“This a universal dialogue between all nationalities and scientific fields, which seeks peace through knowledge.” he said.  

The significance of the Prize shows that: “This is the real Islam and this prize in the country of the Two Holy mosques represents that we are trying to observe the teaching of Islam and its implementation through the prize, which is the encouragement of science and introducing knowledge to people,” Al-Subayyil said.