Qatif dignitaries and sheikhs meet with province’s governor and deputy

Updated 06 October 2017

Qatif dignitaries and sheikhs meet with province’s governor and deputy

QATIF: Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, and his deputy, Prince Ahmed bin Fahad bin Salman, on Wednesday welcomed a delegation of Qatif dignitaries and sheikhs at the province’s diwan.
During the meeting, Prince Saud stressed that the government cares about the Kingdom’s every corner and citizen. “King Salman is personally keen on ensuring that development reaches the country’s every part, and development projects in Qatif province are the greatest evidence,” he added.
Prince Saud also thanked the people of Qatif for cooperating with security authorities, which contributed to the elimination of terrorist groups.
For his part, Sheikh Hassan Al-Saffar expressed his gratitude for the vital role security services are playing in ensuring and maintaining the safety and security of the people of Qatif, especially in the light of the current religious events, “which are going perfectly well.” He also praised the leadership’s directives for protecting the country and maintain its prosperity.
In his speech to the people of Qatif, Prince Saud assured them that the progress on the projects will continue according to planned time frames. He also highlighted that development will continue in the Eastern Province, thanks to the efforts of its people who vowed to build and defend their country.
Dr. Said Al-Jaroudi expressed his pleasure at meeting the governor and his deputy. He said that the fatherly talk and honest discussion which took place today were evidence that the people of Qatif and their honest national stances are appreciated by their leadership, and the fate of any attempts to divide the people of Saudi Arabia will inevitably fail.
“There will be no compromise on loyalty for the country and its leadership, and the people of Qatif are united with all their Saudi brothers and sisters against anyone who seeks destruction and disruption,” he added.

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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