50,000 trees planted as Saudi Arabia launches forest campaign

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The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program has attached utmost importance to environmental protection and natural resources. (SPA)
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The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program has attached utmost importance to environmental protection and natural resources. (SPA)
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The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program has attached utmost importance to environmental protection and natural resources. (SPA)
Updated 28 October 2019

50,000 trees planted as Saudi Arabia launches forest campaign

  • “This national campaign is our way to combat desertification and restore our vegetation”

RIYADH: A national afforestation campaign was launched on Saturday in the Kingdom, as the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s tree-planting campaign began in Riyadh’s Thadiq National Recreation Park, where 50,000 trees were planted.
The campaign constitutes the first step of a national afforestation plan set to run until April 2020.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program has attached utmost importance to environmental protection and natural resources due to their pivotal role in achieving sustainable development and society’s prosperity.
The ministry provided a special registration form on its website for those wishing to join the campaign.
The minister of environment, water and agriculture, Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, said: “This great effort complements the ministry’s objectives in preserving the environment and combating desertification, as it aims to plant more than 6 million trees during this season in all regions of the Kingdom.
“This national campaign is our way to combat desertification and restore our vegetation.”
The minister expressed his sincere thanks to all those who contributed, calling on everyone to participate in afforestation campaigns in all regions of the Kingdom. 


Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Updated 18 September 2020

Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, called to give thanks to school teacher Mohammed Al-Fifi who has continued to teach his students while battling cancer in hospital.

The Saudi minister praised Al-Fifi’s efforts to educate students despite his chemotherapy treatment in hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

The Saudi minister thanked Al-Fifi during the video call and said he was a role model for those in the field of education.

Al-Sheikh also praised other teachers in the Kingdom for their efforts, calling the foundation of society.

Al-Fifi, 37, is a third-grade Arabic language teacher at Abu Omar Al-Dany Elementary in Riyadh’s Al-Uraija Al-Gharbiyah area.

In May, doctors told him they had found cancer in his lymph nodes, and he was admitted to the hospital soon after to begin chemotherapy.

Four treatments later, he is doing well but faces a long, hard battle.