Program launched to protect endangered turtles in Saudi Arabia

The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2020

Program launched to protect endangered turtles in Saudi Arabia

  • The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill

TABUK: The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), in cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, has launched a program to track turtles. The goal of the turtle-tracking program is to understand the project location’s natural environment and the marine organisms that inhabit it.
The TRSDC said that it started last year microchipping 20 green turtles, with the task being carried out by a specialist team, and that the initiative would expand to include 10 hawksbill turtles next month.
The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill.
“The island was kept for turtles as an ecological conservation area,” the company added.

 


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.