Seven arrested for subversive activities in Saudi Arabia

Saudi police secure a residential area in Riyadh during a raid, (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 May 2018

Seven arrested for subversive activities in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Seven people have been arrested for their association with foreign entities and for recruiting people in sensitive government positions.

Quoting the security spokesman of the Presidency of State Security, the Saudi Press Agency said: “The specialized authority monitored  the coordinated activity of a group of people. Through this activity, the group was able to undertake organized work to cross religious and national limits. The group had suspicious contact with external parties supporting their activities and recruiting people working in sensitive government positions.”

The statement said the suspects had provided financial support to hostile elements abroad with the aim of undermining the security and stability of the Kingdom, its social safety, and harming its national unity.

The spokesman quoted Article 12 of the Basic Law of Governance, which states that national unity must be strengthened and protected from strife and division.

He also said that the investigation was on-going in order to identify the remaining elements involved in the suspicious activities and to take all legal measures against them.

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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