Saudi Arabia highlights afforestation efforts at UN forum

Al-Ateeq stressed Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in facing the challenges of climate change and desertification. (SPA)
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Al-Ateeq stressed Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in facing the challenges of climate change and desertification. (SPA)
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Mohammed Al-Ateeq. (SPA)
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Updated 14 May 2022

Saudi Arabia highlights afforestation efforts at UN forum

Al-Ateeq stressed Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in facing the challenges of climate change and desertification. (SPA)
  • Al-Ateeq underlined the pioneering efforts of the National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification in Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK: Charge d’affaires of Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN, Mohammed Al-Ateeq, participated in the virtual symposium held by the National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification on the sidelines of the UN Forum on Forests.

Al-Ateeq stressed Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in facing the challenges of climate change and desertification, especially in light of unprecedented issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the Kingdom has made serious commitments and sought to overcome the consequences of the pandemic without compromising the gains of sustainable development.

“Saudi Arabia has launched two main sustainability initiatives, namely Saudi Green Initiative and Middle East Green Initiative, as they provide a model for inclusiveness and aim to meet sustainability goals with a focus on recycling, specifically through the framework of the circular carbon economy,” he said.

Al-Ateeq underlined the pioneering efforts of the National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification in the Kingdom in addressing the effects of climate change through innovative mechanisms and solutions, as well as sustainability initiatives, expressing his desire to discuss afforestation efforts in the Kingdom at the UN Forum on Forests.

This symposium, organized by the center, aims to shed light on the role of the SGI, planting trees, and preserving natural resources in combating climate change, ensuring sustainable development and improving human well-being.


Weather forecasters warn of more sandstorms coming as dust shrouds Riyadh again

Weather forecasters warn of more sandstorms coming as dust shrouds Riyadh again
Updated 25 May 2022

Weather forecasters warn of more sandstorms coming as dust shrouds Riyadh again

Weather forecasters warn of more sandstorms coming as dust shrouds Riyadh again
  • Back-to-back sandstorms blanket region, sending thousands to hospitals with breathing issues

RIYADH: Weather forecasters warned on Tuesday that more sandstorms were on the way after Riyadh was again shrouded in choking dust.

The National Center for Meteorology issued weather alerts for the Saudi capital, extending to the Madinah region and the governorates of Yanbu, Al-Rais and Yanbu Al-Nakhl. There will also be dust storms in AlUla and Khaybar.

“Dust particles in the north, center, and southern and interior regions will persist,” center spokesman Hussain Al-Qahtani told Arab News.

More than 1,200 people this month have gone to hospitals in the Kingdom suffering from breathing difficulties, but the phenomenon is region wide. Severe sandstorms have blanketed parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Kuwait for the past month. The storms have sent thousands to hospitals and resulted in at least one death in Iraq and three in eastern Syria.

Sandstorms are typical in late spring and summer, spurred by seasonal winds, but this year in Iraq they have occurred nearly every week.

The Iraqi Health Ministry stockpiled canisters of oxygen at facilities in hard-hit areas.

In Syria, medical departments were put on alert as the sandstorm hit the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Iran shut down schools and government offices in Tehran last week as a sandstorm swept the country.

It hit hardest in the southwest desert region of Khuzestan, where over 800 people sought treatment for breathing difficulties. Dozens of flights out of western Iran were canceled or delayed.

For the second time this month, Kuwait International Airport suspended all flights because of the dust. Video showed largely empty streets with poor visibility.

“It’s a region-wide issue but each country has a different degree of vulnerability and weakness,” said Jaafar Jotheri, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Al-Qadisiyah in Baghdad.


Crown prince cites Saudi students who won ISEF 2022 awards

Crown prince cites Saudi students who won ISEF 2022 awards
Updated 25 May 2022

Crown prince cites Saudi students who won ISEF 2022 awards

Crown prince cites Saudi students who won ISEF 2022 awards
  • Over 35 Saudi students won 22 awards at ISEF, which was held from May 7-13 in the US

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday received Saudi students who won Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 awards.

The crown prince expressed happiness and pride in what the talented students have achieved in the international competition, adding that this achievement is considered a motivation for other Saudis, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He also said that this achievement is a first step for a prosperous future, wishing the winners success.

(SPA)

Over 35 Saudi students won 22 awards at ISEF, which was held from May 7-13 in the US.

The ISEF 2022 saw the participation of pre-college students from over 80 countries in the biggest competition showcasing innovation in scientific research and advancement.

Student Abdullah Al-Ghamdi won two prizes in energy for his project on the production and storage of hydrogen, earning him the award for “Best Research Scientist,” in which he competed against over 1,700 submissions from students across 65 countries.

Five other first-place prizes were awarded to Dana Al-Eithan and Maria Al-Ghamdi, who won in chemistry; Tahani Adel, who won in material sciences; and Yousef Khoja, who won in embedded systems.


Saudis take a trip back to their childhood days at Jeddah Season’s Rasha Rizk concert

Rasha Rizk performed to celebrate the grand opening of Anime Village, one of the zones in this year’s Jeddah Season. (Supplied)
Rasha Rizk performed to celebrate the grand opening of Anime Village, one of the zones in this year’s Jeddah Season. (Supplied)
Updated 24 May 2022

Saudis take a trip back to their childhood days at Jeddah Season’s Rasha Rizk concert

Rasha Rizk performed to celebrate the grand opening of Anime Village, one of the zones in this year’s Jeddah Season. (Supplied)
  • Rasha Rizk is voice of childhood dreams that lives in memories of three generations

JEDDAH: Rasha Rizk, the voice of childhood innocence, hopes, and dreams that lives in the memories of three generations, performed in Jeddah to celebrate the grand opening of Anime Village, one of the zones in this year’s Jeddah Season.

Syrian chanteuse Rizk is best known for performing Arabic versions of anime and cartoon theme songs and is credited with over 100 tracks, including “Doraemon,” “Gundam,” “Detective Conan,” “Captain Tsubasa,” “One Piece,” “Offside,” and “D.I.C.E.”

After three nights of filling the air of Anime Village at City Walk, Rizk held a meet-and-greet event at the SuperDome area on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Rasha Rizk started the event with the Arabic version of the ‘Hunter X Hunter’ theme song.

• The singer ended the hour-long session with snippets from two of her widely loved songs: ‘Remi’s Anti Al-Aman’ and ‘Anastasia’s Ah lo fo Alahlam.’

• Most of those attending grew up in the 1980s, 1990s, and noughties. Now adults, they brought their children along to meet their anime-singing idol.

Before coming on stage, a variety of anime theme songs performed by her rang through the venue, awakening the inner child in every adult and re-igniting the flame of happy and innocent days from times past.

“Rasha is (one of) my unforgettable childhood memories. She taught me all about hope, strength, and happiness,” said 23-year-old Asma Alsaggaf. “I will introduce her to the coming generations, including my children, their children, and their children.”

“She (Rizk) is my entire childhood as all the childhood songs that I grew up listening to are mostly sung by her,” said 29-year-old Fatma Abdurahman. “I feel like I’m above the clouds after meeting her because I’ve been dreaming about this moment forever.”

Rizk started the event with the Arabic version of the “Hunter X Hunter” theme song. She then began welcoming and talking to fans of all ages.

“Honestly, I first listened to Rasha during my teenage years and immediately fell in love with her voice,” said 22-year-old Read Sindhi. “I’m thrilled with the fact that I met her.”

The singer ended the hour-long session with snippets from two of her widely loved songs: “Remi’s Anti Al-Aman” and “Anastasia’s Ah lo fo Alahlam.”

Most of those attending grew up in the 1980s, 1990s, and noughties. Now adults, they brought their children along to meet their anime-singing idol.

“I will allow the new generations to get to know Rasha to know how kind she is and listen to her songs because every track has a moral lesson,” said 24-year-old Raigah Zain.

Rizk told Arab News that she was thrilled and delighted to meet the people who had grown up listening to her and giving back the love she had received through the years.

“Meeting people and receiving this much love,” was what Rizk said she would remember most about the Jeddah events. “Seeing the audience singing every word and letter along with me is the best thing I could ask for. It feels like seeing my own children growing before my eyes.”

Rizk said she hoped to see more local anime works representing different Arab cultures and traditions go global. “I support every cultural project that sends a beautiful image to the world about Arabs.”

Besides singing anime and cartoon theme tracks, Rizk has released three albums, performed at opera houses and concerts around the world, played roles in musicals and movies, and was the voice of Anastasia in the animation movie.

She works with the cartoon channel “Spacetoon,” which shows dubbed animation and cartoons. She lent her voice to the Saudi animated movie “The Journey,” which was released in theaters last year.

 


Saudi Arabia’s PNU joins King Fahd National Library catalog

The agreement was signed by Rabiah Al-Barrak and Othman Mohammed Al-Asmari. (SPA)
The agreement was signed by Rabiah Al-Barrak and Othman Mohammed Al-Asmari. (SPA)
Updated 25 May 2022

Saudi Arabia’s PNU joins King Fahd National Library catalog

The agreement was signed by Rabiah Al-Barrak and Othman Mohammed Al-Asmari. (SPA)
  • In February, the library joined the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions for 2022

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University has signed an agreement to join the Saudi Unified Catalog of the King Fahd National Library.
This development ensures that intellectual resources can be easily accessed from one database, which will benefit the nation’s researchers.
The agreement was signed by university representative Rabiah Al-Barrak and Othman Mohammed Al-Asmari, director of the catalog project.
The library aims to build a national reference to standardize technical practices. It also seeks to develop information and knowledge projects, and to facilitate coordination between institutions in Saudi Arabia.
In February, the library joined the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions for 2022. The federation consists of 1,600 members from 150 countries around the world.
Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, secretary of the KFNL, pointed out that joining the federation is the culmination of the library’s efforts in strengthening international cooperation, which would not have been possible without the continuous support from the Saudi leadership. AN Riyadh
Al-Zamil stressed that by joining the federation, the library will be able to share knowledge, experiences, standards and methods of work and keep pace with global developments, in addition to actively participating in meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

 


Saudi education minister meets with UK counterpart

Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 24 May 2022

Saudi education minister meets with UK counterpart

Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
  • The meeting discussed ways of enhancing opportunities of educational, academic and research cooperation between the two countries

LONDON: The Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh met with British Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi on the sidelines of the Education World Forum 2022 in London.

Al-Sheikh also met with the UK prime minister’s special representative to Saudi Arabia for education, Steve Smith.

The minister is currently on an official visit to London to take part in the forum, running from May 22-25.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed ways of enhancing the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of education and science, as well as the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program on Scholarship, according to the recent strategy launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The meeting also discussed ways of enhancing opportunities of educational, academic and research cooperation between the two countries and developing educational curricula, including teaching the Arabic language through the internet and training Saudi doctors.

The meeting was attended by Salih Al-Gesoomi, undersecretary at the Saudi Ministry for International Cooperation, Ohood Al-Fares, undersecretary for public education; and Dr. Mohamed El-Mugbel, undersecretary for educational programs, as well as the cultural attache at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the UK, Amal Fattani.