Environment ministry launches fishing training program for young Saudis 

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture will begin the project in September. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 08 July 2018

Environment ministry launches fishing training program for young Saudis 

Young Saudis are being urged to go to sea under a new progam aimed at training a new generation of fishermen.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture will begin the project in September, the Saudi Press Agency said. 

The ministry's undersecretary, Ahmed bin Ali Al-Eyada, said the program is in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of labor and social development to increase the number of Saudis employed in the sector.

The program is among several projects the Kingdom is undertaking as part of the economic reforms under the National Transformation Program 2020.

The program will manage awareness campaigns, prepare ports, and provide attractive logistic services, as well as enhance fishing techniques.  

Other local departments will provide training programs for Saudi fishermen.


No cases of Chinese coronavirus detected in Saudi Arabia

Updated 11 min 41 sec ago

No cases of Chinese coronavirus detected in Saudi Arabia

  • Indian nurse infected with MERS coronavirus but not the Chinese strain that has killed 18 people

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said Thursday there have been no cases in the Kingdom of the coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China.

Earlier, India’s minister of state for external affairs V. Muraleedharan said an Indian nurse working at a hospital in southwestern Saudi Arabia had been infected and was being treated.

However, India’s consulate in Jeddah said it had spoken with Tarik Al-Azraqi, chairman of the Scientific Regional Infection Control Committee in Asir Region, and that the woman is suffering from a different strain of the coronavirus to the one that originated in Wuhan.

The woman “is suffering from MERS-CoV and not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan),” the consulate tweeted. 

Saudi Arabia’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said there were no cases of the Chinese novel coronavirus so far.

Muraleedharan said about 100 Indian nurses “mostly from Kerala working at Al-Hayat hospital have been tested. 

The woman effected by the Mers coronavirus is being treated at Asir Central Hospital and is recovering well, he said.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia said it would screen travelers arriving from China.

The SARS-like virus that emerged in Wuhan has infected more than 630 people and has been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the United States, but not in India or Saudi Arabia.