Saudi court sentences man to death for terrorism

Updated 22 March 2018

Saudi court sentences man to death for terrorism

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for being part of a terrorist cell in the town of Al-Awamiyah in the Eastern Province.
The cell attacked three security posts, and fired at security forces and their vehicles. The attacks targeted Al-Awamiyah police station, a checkpoint in the city of Safwa, and one in Al-Nasrah neighborhood.
The condemned also fired at two civilian cars in Al-Awamiyah, mistaking them for police cars.

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 37 min 44 sec ago

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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