Riyadh ranked among most polluted cities globally

Updated 17 March 2014
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Riyadh ranked among most polluted cities globally

Riyadh has been ranked one of the most polluted cities in the world, according a report released by a United Nations organization.
The World Health Organization (WHO) report named Ahvaz, the capital of the Khuzestan Province in Iran, to be suffering the worst levels of air pollution, followed by Ulan Bator in Mongolia.
The list also included Lahore, New Delhi, Riyadh, Cairo, Dhaka, Moscow, Mexico City and Beijing, the report said.
The WHO report attributed the inclusion of Riyadh in the list to the occurrence of sandstorms, as well as pollutants emerging from heavy traffic and industrial waste.
Last week, Riyadh Gov. Prince Khalid bin Bandar ordered the formation of a committee to look into sources of pollution in southern Riyadh, where citizens have often complained of pollution in the area’s districts.
Committee members representing a series of government agencies, such as the Higher Commission of Development of Riyadh (HCDR), the Riyadh Governorate, the Ministry of Health, the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) and the National Water Co., are entrusted to put forth urgent solutions for reducing sources of pollution in the area.
An earlier report published by the WHO put North American and Australian cities among the world’s cleanest in terms of air quality. By contrast, seven Asian cities were among the worst globally.


Saudi minister meets UK envoy in Riyadh

Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir meets Lord Tariq Ahmad in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi minister meets UK envoy in Riyadh

  • Lord Ahmad said the British government appreciates Saudi efforts to promote global dialogue

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK prime minister’s special representative on preventing sexual violence in conflict, and the minister of state for the Commonwealth and the UN, in Riyadh on Thursday.
They reviewed Saudi-UK relations and ways to enhance them to serve the interests of both countries and peoples.
They also discussed issues of common interest. The meeting was attended by the UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis.
Earlier, Lord Ahmad and his delegation met Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh. SPA Riyadh
The latter said Saudi Arabia is helping to spread the principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among peoples and religions, based on Islam’s rejection of extremism.
Lord Ahmad said the British government appreciates Saudi efforts to promote global dialogue.