Riyadh Season: SR500 fine for littering during festival, organizers say

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Authorities have imposed penalties, ranging from SR500 ($133) to SR1,000, on people found to be littering. (Photo/Supplied)
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Authorities have imposed penalties, ranging from SR500 ($133) to SR1,000, on people found to be littering. (Photo/Supplied)
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Authorities have imposed penalties, ranging from SR500 ($133) to SR1,000, on people found to be littering. (Photo/Supplied)
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Authorities have imposed penalties, ranging from SR500 ($133) to SR1,000, on people found to be littering. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 22 October 2019

Riyadh Season: SR500 fine for littering during festival, organizers say

  • The GEA announced that 1.2 million people visited Riyadh Boulevard in just 24 hours

RIYADH: Riyadh Season has attracted visitors from across and outside the Kingdom and with it a large amount of litter. Riyadh Boulevard’s fountain has been affected by the littering, and the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has taken action with the help of Riyadh’s municipality to keep it clean.
Authorities have imposed penalties, ranging from SR500 ($133) to SR1,000, on people found to be littering.
@RiyadhSeason shared a statement on Twitter that said: “In order to maintain the cleanliness of all areas of the Riyadh Season and preserve its beauty, a fine of SR500 has been imposed on anyone who throws waste away from its designated place. If it is repeated for the second time, the fine will be doubled to SR1,000.”
“In order for all of us to enjoy all areas of #RiyadhSeason, it is necessary to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the place. Throwing waste outside its designated place will result in a fine.”
The Twitter account also shared a table to classify each violation and penalty. The GEA announced that 1.2 million people visited Riyadh Boulevard in just 24 hours.
GEA President Turki Al-Sheikh shared a video on Twitter that shows the actions being taken to rid the fountain of litter.
@Turki_alalshikh said: “I wish for everyone to maintain the cleanliness of the fountain.”

IN NUMBERS

1.2m - visitors to Riyadh Boulevard in 24 hours

SR500 - to be paid for littering at Riyadh Season venues

People in the Kingdom reacted warmly to Al-Sheikh’s tweet and suggested violators pay a fine if they litter.
Saudi TV presenter Eman Al-Rajab @e_alrajab said: “If people thought to treat a public place the way they’d treat their house, we wouldn’t see any litter, but unfortunately these types of people think it’s okay to throw trash anywhere. Why? It’s a part of your country and you should take care of it. The General Entertainment Authority put in so much effort to open doors for entertainment, not to throw litter. I wish they’d understand. They need strict laws.”
Saudi Television presenter Eman Al-Mandeel @emandeel1504 said: “We suggest implementing fines to whoever litters. We are very proud of Riyadh Season, and Riyadh has always been clean and beautiful. Large crowds shouldn’t mean it’s okay to litter, which deforms the city of the golden sands (Riyadh).”
@AlomariV4 tweeted: “Exactly what happened with Jeddah’s waterfront. And when a fining system was implemented, we never saw violations again.”


Riyadh Agreement to “open the door” for broader peace talks on Yemen, says King Salman

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Riyadh Agreement to “open the door” for broader peace talks on Yemen, says King Salman

  • King Salman said the oil policy of the Kingdom is aimed at promoting market stability
  • He urged Iran to abandon an expansionist ideology that has ‘harmed’ its own people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia seeks a political settlement in Yemen and hoped that a recent agreement signed in Riyadh would open the door to broader peace talks, King Salman said on Wednesday.
The king was speaking at an annual address to the Shoura Council.
King Salman said, “we deserve to feel proud of our nation’s success in eliminating extremist manifestations, and besieging its ideology by all means, to return to moderation, which is a characteristic of the Saudi society.”
Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the conflict in 2015, shortly after the Iran-backed Houthi militia took over the capital Sanaa.
He said the Kingdom’s oil policy aims to promote stability in global oil markets and looks to serve consumers and producers alike.
King Salman also said the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco will allow investors inside and outside the Kingdom to take part and will create thousands of jobs.
The revenues from the sale, he said, will be allocated to the country’s Public Investment Fund.
He said Aramco’s ability to quickly restore oil production capacity after attacks in September proved the Kingdom could meet global demand during any shortage.
“Though the kingdom has been subjected to attacks by 286 ballistic missiles and 289 drones, in a way that has not been seen in any other country, that has not affected the kingdom’s development process or the lives of its citizens and residents,” the king told assembled council members, royals and foreign diplomats.
In the latest attack on September 14, drone strikes targeted two Saudi oil facilities, temporarily knocking out half of the kingdom’s oil production.
The attacks were claimed by the Houthis, but Washington and Riyadh said Iran was responsible, and that the strikes were carried out with advanced missiles and drones.
King Salman also urged Iran to abandon an expansionist ideology that has “harmed” its own people, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.
A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.
“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.
The region’s leading Shiite and Sunni powers have no diplomatic ties and are at odds over a range of issues, including the wars in Syria and Yemen.
“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”
Meanwhile, King Salman hailed the Kingdom’s “huge achievements” in the past decades, adding that the country is determined to record further achievements through its Vision 2030.
He also mentioned that Saudi Arabia has been ranked in 2019 by the World Bank as the “most advanced and first reformed country among 190 countries in the world.
King Salman also commended his government’s decision to grant tourist visas, describing the move as a way to attract investments, create jobs and showcase Saudi heritage and culture.
Earlier during the meeting, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh reviewed the Shoura Council’s accomplishments during the third year of the seventh session.
Al-Asheikh said: “Thanks to the support of the wise leadership and the council’s cooperation with the Cabinet, ministries and governmental bodies, the council was able to achieve significant accomplishments, where it held 65 sessions and issued 262 decisions that were referred to King Salman, to serve our dear country and guarantee welfare and prosperity for our people.”