Ahmed Al-Issa new education minister

Updated 12 December 2015

Ahmed Al-Issa new education minister

JEDDAH: In a shakeup announced on Friday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman relieved Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil of his position and appointed him as an adviser at the Royal Court.
Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa was appointed as the new education minister.
The royal decree relieved Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Al-Shuhaib of his position as the deputy minister of civil service and Abdullah bin Saad Al-Malfi was appointed to that post.
Tawfiq Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairi was appointed as the deputy minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance for Mosques and Endowments Affairs.
Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghufais was relieved of his position as the governor of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid was appointed to that post.
The royal order also appointed Abdul Aziz Al-Rowais as governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
Mohammed Al-Suwaiket was relieved of his position as chairman of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) and Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih was appointed to that post.
The royal order made Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghufais, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Darrab and Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Al-Shuhaib new members of the Shoura Council.
Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Hathyan was appointed as a consultant at the Interior Ministry, and Jamaan bin Raqoosh as president of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).
Saad bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani was appointed as a consultant at the Royal Court.


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”

 

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