Most Saudis believe climate change will affect lives

Few Saudis believe human activity is to blame for the global warming or that they should do anything about it, says a new survey. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 October 2019

Most Saudis believe climate change will affect lives

  • Saudi Arabia was among 28 countries covered by a YouGov climate change survey involving 30,000 people

DUBAI: Most Saudis believe climate change will affect their lives but fewer believe human activity is to blame or that they should do anything about it, a new survey suggests.

Researchers found most people in the world accepted climate change would cause serious economic damage, rising sea levels endangering cities, mass displacement of people and even wars.

But the survey identified clear differences in attitudes to the issue between people in the West and those in the East.


READ MORE: Why Middle East publics have mixed views on climate change


Asked to describe their views on the environment, 35 percent of people in Saudi Arabia, 42 percent in Egypt and 52 percent in the UAE said human activity was mainly responsible for climate change. 

The numbers who believed humanity was to blame were 69 percent in Spain and 66 percent in Italy.

YouGov surveyed 30,000 people in 28 countries, including seven in the Middle East; Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

“The area of concern that stands out for the Middle East in general is the proportion of respondents in the region who believe either they or their country could be doing more to combat climate change,” Scott Booth, head of data products and services at YouGov MENA, told Arab News. “Fewer than half … thought they or their country could be doing more. In all cases, a lower proportion thought they themselves could be doing more to tackle climate change.”

 


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.