Wadi Arar rehabilitation plan launched in Saudi Arabia

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Northern Border Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan has approved a plan for the environmental rehabilitation of Wadi Arar. (SPA)
Updated 02 August 2018

Wadi Arar rehabilitation plan launched in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Northern Border Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan has approved a plan for the environmental rehabilitation of Wadi Arar.
The plan is within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to achieve environmental sustainability by reducing pollution and mitigate desertification through plants and treated water resources.
Prince Faisal said that there was a need for measures to address the environmental situation in the region and prepare a plan to rehabilitate the environment, valleys and natural reserves.
He also called for studies researching the best ways to protect natural pastures from desertification and pollution to preserve the environmental and natural resources of the northern border region.
Prince Faisal stressed that environmental sustainability was a priority in the development of the region.
He said out that the rehabilitation of Wadi Arar through protecting its components (soil, air and water) from pollution, the restoration of its biological diversity and the provision of natural parks to citizens, would promote ecological tourism, in addition to strengthening the culture of preserving the environment and wildlife in all government sectors, as well as in society.
The three-phase rehabilitation process, which will extend over 120 days, will begin under the supervision of the Northern Border Province, with the participation of the municipality, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health and the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in the region.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.