Record temperature in central, eastern parts of Kingdom

A file photo of road construction workers in Riyadh.A file photo of road construction workers in Riyadh.
Updated 07 July 2017

Record temperature in central, eastern parts of Kingdom

JEDDAH: The temperature in central and eastern parts of the Kingdom has reached 53 degrees Celsius for the first time.
Surpassing 50 degrees is rare; in Jeddah, the temperature reached 52 degrees in 2015 and 2010.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) has issued daily warnings about prolonged exposure to the sun.
The extreme heat caused the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to ban working under the sun from noon until 3 p.m. between June 15 and Sept. 15. The ministry deploys inspection teams, which have detected several companies violating the ban.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.