Civil defense warning as thunderstorms forecast for southern Saudi Arabia

The authority urged residents of these areas to avoid getting themselves into valleys and rainwater ponds. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2018

Civil defense warning as thunderstorms forecast for southern Saudi Arabia

  • Moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected along with strong wind and lifted dust
  • The authority urged residents of these areas to avoid getting themselves into valleys and rainwater ponds

JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Defense in Jazan has warned citizens and residents to be careful during expected unstable weather conditions.

The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection earlier said moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected along with strong wind and lifted dust. The presidency warned of torrential floods from the rainy weather expected to last overnight on Monday.

The authority urged residents of these areas to avoid getting themselves into valleys and rainwater ponds.


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 8 min 29 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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