Saudi weather officials warn of heavy rain across several regions in the Kingdom

Jeddah Municipality have had to treat 123,000 cubic meters of surface water where rainwater has pooled in the past few days. (SPA)
Updated 06 November 2018

Saudi weather officials warn of heavy rain across several regions in the Kingdom

  • weather officials warned that heavy rain and dust storms will hit the country’s western Al-Baha region and Taif
  • The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection said torrential rain hit Jazan and the surrounding areas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian weather officials warned that heavy rain and dust storms will hit the country’s western Al-Baha region, which they fear could lead to torrential flows similar to those witnessed last month in the Kingdom.

Similar conditions are expected in Taif, Maysan, Trabah, Rennie and Assam.

The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection said torrential rain hit Jazan and the surrounding areas on Monday, with the authority urging residents in the area to avoid getting caught in valleys and to be wary of areas of surface water.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Electricity Company has apologized to residents in Rafhaa after the city suffered an outage and interruptions to its electricity supply due to the adverse weather conditions.

A company statement said that work was being done to restore the service to affected customers.

Elsewhere, Jeddah Municipality have had to treat 123,000 cubic meters of surface water where rainwater has pooled in the past few days.

On Saturday, municipality field teams treated rainwater in 439 locations, including 248 main streets as well as 150 service roads which had to be cleared of rainwater.


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.