Warnings as huge sandstorms hit Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia

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Saudi authorities on Friday issued weather safety warnings to the public after huge sandstorms forced many residents in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Kingdom to stay indoors. (AN photo)
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Saudi authorities on Friday issued weather safety warnings to the public after huge sandstorms forced many residents in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Kingdom to stay indoors. (AN photo)
Updated 19 July 2019

Warnings as huge sandstorms hit Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia

  • In Riyadh, the sandstorm started on Thursday night, limiting visibility in the capital

RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Friday issued weather safety warnings to the public after huge sandstorms forced many residents in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Kingdom to stay indoors.
Winds of up to 47 km per hour hit the Saudi capital causing widespread traffic disruption due to low visibility. And sandstorms caused similar problems in the Qassim and Eastern Province regions.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection forecasted the dusty conditions to hit Najran, eastern parts of the southwestern highlands, and the southern end of the western Red Sea coast.
Thunderstorms were predicted on the heights of Jazan, Asir, Baha and Makkah region, extending to the southern parts of the heights of Madinah.
In Riyadh, the sandstorm started on Thursday night, limiting visibility in the capital.
Riyadh traffic officials advised motorists to take extra care and drive slowly, and the General Directorate of Civil Defense urged residents to avoid picnicking on sands over the weekend and to stay indoors wherever possible.
Health experts warned that exposure to sandstorms caused breathing difficulties, especially for people with respiratory problems.
The maximum temperature recorded during the sandstorm was 44 degrees Celsius with a low of 29 degrees Celsius. Humidity was pegged at 9 percent.


DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss enhancing human rights cooperation

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DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, UAE discuss enhancing human rights cooperation

RIYADH: The UAE’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia met the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and discussed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of human rights.

The SHRC president, Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in supporting human rights.

He talked about developments in the Kingdom, in addition to the steps taken toward putting citizens front and center to achieve the goals in the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan. 

Ambassador Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan reviewed the UAE’s efforts in protecting and promoting human rights.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have close ties, cooperating on many issues including working to ensure peace in the region.

The UAE Embassy in April launched an exhibition to celebrate the “Year of Tolerance” at the Cultural Palace in Riyadh.

The two-day event, which was opened by the ambassador, included a panel discussion on the values of tolerance and its role in strengthening relations between all communities; the importance of developing programs for promoting cultural diversity; and the role of the economy and business sector in encouraging, empowering and supporting culture.

Al-Nahyan said at the launch: “The qualitative cultural movement in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is a message of mutual tolerance from the two brotherly countries.”