Bad weather ‘till Tuesday’

Updated 14 September 2015
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Bad weather ‘till Tuesday’

MAKKAH: Inclement weather will prevail in the holy city of Makkah until Tuesday and a warning had been issued about the weather on Thursday, a day before the Grand Mosque accident, the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) has said.
“Cloudy skies and thundershowers, accompanied by winds around 50 km per hour raising dust, is expected over the next few days,” PME spokesman Hussein Al-Qahtani was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.
The city registered winds of 60 km per hour besides thunder and rain on Friday, he said.
“The PME had given a warning of rough weather earlier. It provides information to specialized bodies in different areas of the Kingdom regularly and whenever the situation warrants it,” Al-Qahtani added.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.