Expect more rain to fall in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif, Saudi weather authority says

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Updated 21 November 2017

Expect more rain to fall in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif, Saudi weather authority says

JEDDAH: Residents in Jeddah and neighboring areas should expect for more rain to fall, the Kingdom’s weather authority said late Tuesday.
“Rain will continue in Jeddah while heavy rain is expected in Makkah and Taif,” the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology & Environmental Protection, said in its latest weather update posted on Twitter.
Torrential rain lashed parts of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday forcing authorities to close schools and universities in some parts of the country.
In the Makkah region, the directorate announced on Twitter the suspension of classes for the safety of students.
As residents went out onto the streets to witness the downpour the Civil Defense called on people to avoid areas prone to flooding, and to avoid going near rivers.
Meanwhile, education officials in Taif and Jeddah announced that all schools would remain closed, citing the weather, state news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Authorities have closed six tunnels in Jeddah that were flooded by waters due to heavy rains.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Madinah and Makkah regions, including the coastal areas, as well as the mountains of Jazan, Asir and Baha regions.


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.