Saudi Falcon club concludes migratory bird day celebrations

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The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday. (Supplied)
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The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday. (Supplied)
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The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday. (Supplied)
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The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday. (Supplied)
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The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday. (Supplied)
Updated 13 May 2019
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Saudi Falcon club concludes migratory bird day celebrations

  • SFC’s participation in organizing this event came after its registration at global events agenda
  • The prorgam was an awareness exhibition organized by SFC at Riyadh Park Complex

RIYADH: The Saudi Falcons Club (SFC) concluded a two-day “World Migratory Bird Day and the impact on plastic on birds” forum on Monday.
The prorgam was an awareness exhibition organized by SFC at Riyadh Park Complex in the Saudi capital to put the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats which coincided with World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) , in which 53 countries around the world organized 300 awareness and cultural events.
SFC’s participation in organizing this event came after its registration at global events agenda concerned with WMBD, which is supervised by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The exhibition included a set of pictures showing migratory birds flights and the danger of plastic pollution on them to stress the need and action against excessive, unnecessary use and detrimental disposal of plastic.
Falcons are part of the migratory birds and are impacted directly by plastic in the environment which obstructs their movements — shown in the exhibition.
Secondary Microplastic, which poisons the land and resources, affects all kinds of migratory birds and the source of food for migratory falcons crossing Saudi Arabia.
SFC aims to raise community awareness about the importance of migratory birds and their role in the ecosystem and be responsible to by reducing plastic usage.
The exhibition was attended by a large number of public visitors and falcon enthusiasts and children who interacted with the exhibition, in particular the signature board on support of minimizing plastic usage.


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Updated 25 May 2019
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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.