Hundreds of Filipinos taken to deportation center

Updated 11 November 2013

Hundreds of Filipinos taken to deportation center

Hundreds of stranded Filipino including children were arrested and transported to the deportation center at Shumaisy in Makkah on Sunday morning.
There is a considerable number of illegal Filipino nationals, particularly women, demanding repatriation. These nationals could not take advantage of the concessions during the grace period due to lack of documentation.
Jeddah police and passport officials directed 12 buses to the site and shifted the women and their children to the deportation center in Makkah.
Their formal detention took place in the early hours of Sunday outside the Philippine Consulate in the Rehab district.
News of the arrest spread fast among fellow Filipinos, who rushed to the consulate in the hope that they, too, would be picked up for deportation. Scores of Filipino men and women waited outside the consulate for hours, but the buses that transported the first group did not return to pick them up.
The women who were arrested seemed relieved, while those still waiting at the consulate expressed disappointment. Dozens of men and women crowded at Umm Al-Qura Street demanding repatriation, causing a traffic snarl in the area on Sunday.
Philippine Consul General Uriel Garibay told Arab News: “The Philippine Consulate is working with the Saudi passport and police authorities in coordination with the Saudi Foreign Ministry to repatriate stranded Filipinos. About 600 Filipinos were shifted to the deportation center in Makkah by authorities and we are now working on arrangements to transport the remaining stranded OFWs to the same center.”

20,000 Yemenis deported

At least 20,000 residency rule violators of Yemeni descent have been arrested and deported since the beginning of the Labor Ministry’s raids.
Col. Abdullah Bin Mahfouz, spokesman of the Jazan border guard, said the illegal expatriates are being treated humanely and are being provided with meals, water and medical treatment.
Bin Mafouz said that there are three stages involved in the aftermath of the inspection process. Authorities first verify the names of the arrested individuals, then take their fingerprints to ascertain whether they are wanted by security forces. They are deported only once their names are cleared.
“In the case of Yemeni nationals, these procedures are completed and we then transfer the individuals by bus in coordination with the Yemeni Border Guards,” he added.
Bin Mahfouz pointed out that additional officers were sent to assist Jazan border guard in processing the large number of illegal expatriates who have been arrested since Nov. 3.
He lauded the efforts of the Saudi Red Crescent in extending treatment and aid to women and children at Altwal.
The spokesman refuted claims that the fingerprinting devices were defective, asserting that the devices are working around the clock.


Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 August 2020

Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

  • Capital gets a facelift as Vision 2030 program works to plant 7.5 million trees
  • Most of the tree species used in the project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care

RIYADH: The Green Riyadh project, one of the world’s largest urban greening initiatives, is rapidly bearing fruit as it transforms main roads in the capital.

Major thoroughfares, including King Khalid, Makkah and King Salman roads, are getting a facelift as part of the Vision 2030 goal of improving quality of life in the city.
Dr. Fahad Al-Mana, a professor of Ornamental Plants, Gardens and Green Areas at King Saud University, told Arab News that native tree species being used for the project include Ziziphus spina-christi, Acacia gerrardii and Prosopis cineraria, commonly known as the ghaf tree.
According to Al-Mana, the trees can survive in harsh desert conditions and will grow without intensive agricultural care.
“Most of the tree species used in the planting of the Green Riyadh project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care,” he said.
Environmental conditions in Riyadh were taken into account during the tree selection process. The species can grow to a large size in only three years.
“In some locations, they have moved large 3-year-old local trees that were taken care of in plant nurseries to new locations where they are growing successfully,” Al-Mana said.
Green Riyadh will increase the amount of greenery in the city and augment the green cover in the Saudi capital with the planting of 7.5 million trees around the city’s main features and facilities.
The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

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• The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

• The project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.

• Green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030

“The aim of planting trees in the streets is to provide shade and moderate the temperature, especially in summer, which contributes to the purification of air and reduces environmental pollution by protecting the city from sand storms, winds and dust. In addition, it gives an aesthetic view and the element of nature enters the city and nearby structures,” said Al-Mana.
He added that trees, especially those planted in central street islands, must have long trunks and high branches to avoid hindering the movement of pedestrians and cars. The trunk must measure at least 3 to 4 meters and the size of the trees planted must be proportional to the width of the island.
Al-Mana said green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030.
According to the Green Riyadh website, the project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per
day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.
Al-Mana said the Green Riyadh project will also reduce carbon dioxide and impurity levels in the city.
“Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides,” he said.