800,000 Bangla expats correct status

Updated 22 January 2014

800,000 Bangla expats correct status

The private sector in the Kingdom has employed more Saudis in the past few months than it had in the last 30 years, Labor Minister Adel Faqeih said, adding that employment level of Saudis has gone up by 1.5 percent since the implementation of the new labor laws.
“Saudization has gone up to more than 30 percent,” he said, adding that the nationalization of jobs will continue in local markets till the unemployment rate drops to satisfactory level.
Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Consul General Mohammed Nazmul Islam said 800,000 Bangladeshi workers have rectified their status during the grace period either by transferring sponsorship or correcting their profession.
Another 31,000 Bangladeshi’s have left the Kingdom for good during the amnesty period, he said, adding that there were over 2.6 million Bangladeshi workers in the Kingdom, working mostly in the construction sector.
This comes in the backdrop of Bangladeshi media’s call for diplomatic initiative to take advantage of the job opportunities in Saudi Arabia, which is the largest Bangladeshi labor-importing country.
In 2009, recruitment of workers from Bangladesh almost came to a halt after Saudi authorities stopped granting residency cards to Bangladeshi workers.
Bangladeshi media said that the decision would have a negative impact since Saudi Arabia was the country of destination for a large number of Bangladeshi workers. Since 2009, only 70,575 Bangladeshi workers managed to secure jobs in Saudi Arabia.
The Bangladeshi envoy said there was still a lot of paperwork in process at the passport department that was expected to be completed within the next few days.
“The deportation process is going on at a fast pace now, thanks mainly to the efforts of Saudi authorities, particularly in Shumaisi deportation center which I personally visited and found the services provided there are excellent,” said Nazmul Islam.




The envoy said earlier that Riyadh and Dhaka will soon sign an agreement on recruitment of Bangladeshi labor, indicating that there were positive signs in this regard.


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.