Heavy rains and bad weather hit Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia

Heavy rains and thunderstorms have been forecast for Makkah and Madinah. (Screenrab)
Updated 06 October 2019

Heavy rains and bad weather hit Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Weather warnings have been issued for Makkah and Madinah by Saudi Arabia’s meteorological authority on Sunday.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection forecast heavy rains and thunderstorms, accompanied by active winds in the holy cities.
The authority, which issued the warning on its official Twitter account, also forecast heavy rains and thunderstorms in Najran, Jazan and Asir regions as well.
It said that fog is expected throughout the night and the early morning in the east and southwest of the Kingdom.

The authority also said that weather fluctuations are expected in some areas from Tuesday and will continue until next Friday Oct. 10, in Makkah, Madinah, Asir, Al-Baha and Jazan.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.