Health alert as freak weather hits west of Saudi Arabia

Updated 08 October 2019

Health alert as freak weather hits west of Saudi Arabia

  • A sandstorm engulfed Jeddah
  • Torrential rain and hail in Makkah

JEDDAH: Saudi health chiefs issued an alert on Monday amid freak weather conditions in the Kingdom’s western region.

A sandstorm engulfed Jeddah, while 70km away in Makkah there was torrential rain and hail.

Meteorology chiefs had initially predicted a thunderstorm in Jeddah, but at 6.15pm they warned that sand and dust would sigificantly reduce visibility. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority urged motorists and residents to take care, and spokesman Abdullah Abu Zaid, said that people with respiratory diseases should avoid going out.

“Motorists on the city roads need to be careful as visibility is poor. I would like also to urge all residents to call us on 977 in case of any health problems,” he said.

The Jeddah General Directorate of Health posted health messages on Twitter, including instructions on protective measures against the dust, such as wearing masks, firmly closing doors and avoiding exposure.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.