Rains brings cheer to Eastern Province residents

Updated 21 November 2012

Rains brings cheer to Eastern Province residents

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.

Arab News moves editorial headquarters to Riyadh

Updated 1 min 58 sec ago

Arab News moves editorial headquarters to Riyadh

  • Newspaper to be based at owning group’s corporate office building in Saudi Arabia’s capital
  • Managing Editor Mohammed Al-Sulami promoted to newly created position of Jeddah bureau chief

JEDDAH: Four decades after its establishment in Jeddah, Arab News — the region’s leading English-language daily — is announcing that it is moving its editorial headquarters to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The head office of the newspaper, which today celebrates its 43rd anniversary, will be relocating to the corporate headquarters building of its owning group, the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

The SRMG building — on Makkah Al-Mukarramah road in Riyadh’s Al-Mutamarat district — is also home to the headquarters of several of Arab News’ sister publications, including the Arabic-language business daily Al-Eqtisadiah, Arriyadiyah sports daily and the Saudi bureau of the regional pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

“When Arab News was established in 1975, most embassies and major corporations — including SRMG — were based in Jeddah. Things have changed since and given the magnitude of events and regional decision-making taking place in the Kingdom’s capital, it only makes sense for us to be moving into our owning group’s headquarters in Riyadh,” said Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News

“We at Arab News claim to be The Voice of a Changing Region, and we can’t be that voice if we are not at the heart of this change. This move will bring us closer to local and visiting decision-makers, while our Jeddah bureau will continue to serve as an important regional hub,” he added.

The new address and contact details of the paper has been reflected in both its print and online editions as of today. The official inauguration of the new headquarters in Riyadh will take place at a ceremony to be held later this quarter.

Arab News also announces the promotion of Managing Editor Mohammed Al-Sulami to the newly created role of Jeddah bureau chief, supervising editorial and administration operations for the whole western region of Saudi Arabia. Al-Sulami — a Saudi journalist who has been with the newspaper since 2009 — assumes his new duties as of May 1, 2018.