Heavy sandstorm sweeps Riyadh enveloping city skyline with dust

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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps the Saudi capital Riyadh, enveloping the city’s skyline with dust. (AN photo / Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 27 July 2018
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Heavy sandstorm sweeps Riyadh enveloping city skyline with dust

RIYADH: A thick blanket of sand swiped through the Saudi capital on Friday, enveloping the city skyline with heavy dust caused by strong winds, hampering visibility during the day time.
The traffic department in Riyadh cautioned motorists and advised them to go slow and exercise restraint, as well as use headlights to avoid any eventuality due to high speed.
The department also warned that darkness had enveloped the main routes due to the heavy sandstorm, which started on Thursday night.
The unpleasant weather, however, had no major impact on the air traffic in the capital as flights remained on schedule at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport.
As the blinding dust continued to envelope the city, drivers were seen using headlights to avoid mishaps.
The General Directorate of Civil Defense, however, advised Riyadh residents to avoid going to sandy picnic spots during the weekend to avoid any encounters during the storm.
Earlier, the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) forecast the sandstorm approaching Riyadh with highspeed winds and warned of reduced horizontal visibility.
The wind speed on Friday was recorded at 47 km per hour. The maximum temperature for the day was recorded at 44 degrees Celsius, whereas humidity was pegged relatively low at 7 percent, making the day otherwise comfortable.


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.