Faisal Al-Fadl, Saudi Green Building Forum founder

Faisal Al-Fadl
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Updated 30 July 2020

Faisal Al-Fadl, Saudi Green Building Forum founder

Faisal Al-Fadl is founder of the Saudi Green Building Forum, which was launched in 2010 as a nongovernmental organization specialized in promoting a global agenda for health, safety and the environment.
Al-Fadl serves as secretary-general of the King Saud Foundation, which aims to eradicate poverty, ignorance and disease. His over 20 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction have allowed him to supervise billion-dollar-building projects.
He is an architect, active volunteer and community builder whose work is paving the way for a sustainable future. As a community builder, he has been involved in the education of thousands in sustainability and has helped hundreds of delegates to achieve professional positions in the field.
Al-Fadl strongly believes in “protecting the planet and building resilience.” Speaking of climate change, he stated that it would be “nearly impossible — and substantially more expensive — to keep global warming in check without bolstering local action” through the mobilization of volunteers to this end.
“City planning ‘defaults’ must be changed from ‘linear’ to ‘circular,’ community-centric plans, monitored by city master strategic planning,” he said.
“We must pursue policies and make investments to address disaster risk-reduction and protect the planet from degradation. Countries must regulate businesses and pressure multi-industries to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 in an effort to lower temperatures by 1.5°C in cities,” he added.
In 1990, he obtained a Master of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the US. In 1995, he earned a postgraduate degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia and Hawaii. He is a registered engineer with the Saudi Council of Engineers.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.