Rains brings cheer to Eastern Province residents



DAMMAM: SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published — Wednesday 21 November 2012

Last update 21 November 2012 4:36 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Moderate to heavy rains lashed many parts of the Eastern Province yesterday sending cheer among a population that experienced a particularly harsh summer this year.
The early morning deluge prompted some schools to declare a holiday. Since the skies opened up just after morning prayers, there was not much chaos on the roads and highways in Alkhobar and Dammam.
According to an official from the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), Hafr Al-Batin and Al-Rafha, cities that are not in the immediate proximity of Dammam or Alkhobar, experienced heavy rains on Monday as well as on Tuesday.
“The skies have now cleared and we see no possibility of rain in any part of the Eastern Province until Monday,” the PME spokesman told Arab News. “This is the norm for this time of year. The weather is progressing according to its usual pattern,” he said
For the last few days, temperatures have dropped considerably and the pleasant weather has seen a high number of families at the well-kept beaches and green parks in Dammam and Alkhobar, making merry and having fun.
“The Corniche has really come alive,” said Sultan Al-Qahtani, a high school teacher. “The evenings are so pleasant these days that you just want to stay there forever.”
According to the PME spokesman, the region will see considerable rainfall next week.
“That might lead to an even further drop in temperatures,” he said. “That is when the heaters will be out,” he said
Rains are seen as a blessing because they transform the desert landscape and everything turns green.
Among the schools that declared holiday yesterday was Al-Majd.
“I woke up to heavy rains on Tuesday morning and before I started packing, I thought of checking out the school website … That is when I realized that our school had declared a holiday for the day,” said Ansar Haider, an 11th grader. “Of course, I was thrilled beyond words; it doesn’t rain here often, does it?”
Haider was not the only one to be thrilled and excited. Facebook and Twitter buzzed throughout the day with comments and pictures that men and women were sharing about the rains.
“What a relief,” gushed Sania Qamar, a homemaker, on her Facebook page. “This reminds me of the good old rainy days in Karachi,” she wrote. Her down-memory-lane comments prompted her friends to wax eloquent on the pleasant weather.
The sky remained overcast throughout the day.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Three citizens, aged above 65, and a 32-year-old expatriate have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Riyadh raising the death toll to 471 in Saudi Arabia since June 2012, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.It also reported...
JEDDAH: Five hospitals and health centers across the Kingdom have been ranked among the 10 top hospitals in the Arab World, according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Hospitals 2015 conducted by Cybermetrics Lab. King Faisal Specialist Hospital an...
RIYADH: The children of the martyrs and wounded soldiers will be given preference for jobs in the organization, KACST President Prince Turki bin Saud Bin Mohammad Al-Saud said Riyadh on Tuesday.On an initiative from the Ministry of Education, a two-d...
JEDDAH: The laboratory of Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health was recently ranked fifth in the RIQAS program for biochemistry out of 120 laboratories. It also came in sixth in the same program for the department of hematology among the 60 participants,...
RIYADH: Anticipating high temperatures during the Haj season, the Ministry of Health has made arrangements to install more equipment to treat heatstroke patients among pilgrims, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Al-Mirghalani said following a meeting...
RIYADH: The National Water Company (NWC) has added a new feather to its cap by launching an e-branch (website www.nwc.com.sa) to serve the customers around the clock.The NWC, which aims to become the leading water utility in the Gulf that comes under...
DAMMAM: Traffic regulations in the Kingdom and many countries of the world dedicate the right lane of highways and roads to trucks as they are designed to carry heavy weights in contrast to the other lanes, which are allocated for lighter weight vehi...
RIYADH: The solar-power plant, “Layla,” in Aflaj province, will be opened shortly, Saleh Al-Awaji, chairman of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), has said.The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is one of the signatories, along with King Abdulaziz City for...
RIYADH: The expanded facility for machine readable passports (MRPs) at the Embassy of Pakistan will help the mission process over 1,200 applications on daily basis. The new setup was inaugurated on Tuesday.Saudi Arabia hosts the largest Pakistan comm...
RIYADH: The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has directed manufacturers and their agents in the Kingdom to strictly follow the safety regulations for the new cars to be marketed to the Kingdom beginning 2017.In a statement r...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Social Affairs recently honored 20 academically gifted orphans whom it had earlier sent to Japan for ten days to visit attractions that include cultural and educational institutions. Ministry of Social Affairs Undersecretary D...
JEDDAH: Prince Bandar bin Abdullah, member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Action, spoke at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the invi...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has issued a circular to all health sector employees to ensure they sterilize their hands prior to dealing with patients.The circular, issued by Deputy Minister for Public Health Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdullah bin Saeed, is in...
JEDDAH: The Indonesian Consulate and community have been conducting their 70th Independence Day celebrations for the past three months by having different cultural and social activities. On Tuesday, the consulate arranged a blood donation camp with t...
JEDDAH: The Specialized Penal Court in Jeddah on Tuesday issued a preliminary verdict on the imprisonment of two Saudi suspects to 38 years.The first suspect was charged with firing on the police center in Awamiyah, Qatif Province, while the other wa...

Stay Connected

Facebook