Weather warnings issued for Saturday across several parts of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection issued weather warnings across some areas of the Kingdom on Saturday. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Weather warnings issued for Saturday across several parts of Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s meteorology authority issued weather warnings across some areas of the Kingdom on Saturday, 
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned of thunderstorms, accompanied by dust and active winds, in the southwestern city of Najran and the western city of Al-Baha and its governorates. 
Citizens and residents were warned that the weather warnings in Najran will be in place from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. local time.
There were also warnings of wind and dust limiting visibility, with the chance of rain and clouds in Tabuk region, including the coastal areas. The authority said the warning would remain until 10 p.m. local time.
The authority also warned of thunderstorms and winds in Jazan and Asir, also in southwestern Saudi Arabia, and predicted dusty and windy weather would limit visibility in the Eastern Province and parts of the Northern Borders Region. 
The Civil Defense Directorates of both provinces called on citizens and residents to take caution and not to approach low lying areas, valleys and floodwaters, take precautionary measures and follow the alerts and instructions from the civil defense, which they said are working around the clock.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.