Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: Diriyah encourages nature preservation across development site

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: Diriyah encourages nature preservation across development site
Short Url
Updated 29 July 2022

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: Diriyah encourages nature preservation across development site

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: Diriyah encourages nature preservation across development site
  • The project is a key contributor to Saudi sustainability goals and is aligned with Vision 2030 and the Saudi Green Initiative

Officials behind a multibillion-dollar Saudi megaproject on Thursday took part in World Nature Conservation Day to highlight the importance of preserving the environment and natural resources.

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority’s sustainability plan focuses on creating a thriving community in a desert environment with all its necessary infrastructure while protecting fragile ecosystems.

Observed annually on July 28, World Nature Conservation Day aims to raise awareness about environmental protection, conserving natural resources, and the impacts of climate change.

One of the DGDA’s key missions is to use the power of innovation to actively revitalize and regenerate historic Diriyah in harmony with nature, while also positively empowering the local community to embrace greener lifestyles.

The project is a key contributor to Saudi sustainability goals and is aligned with Vision 2030 and the Saudi Green Initiative.

While the impact of Vision 2030 will be felt across all regions and sectors of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s cities are expected to demonstrate improved environmental sustainability.

The authority recently achieved the US Green Building Council’s LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) for Cities Platinum precertification for the first phase of the Diriyah Gate development, recognizing its commitment to meeting the highest national and international standards in sustainability.

The Saudi Green Initiative, as a part of Vision 2030, brings together environmental protection, energy transformation, and sustainability programs to work toward three overarching targets to achieve the common goal of a green future, namely reducing emissions, greening Saudi Arabia, and protecting land and sea. The DGDA will contribute to all three targets of the Saudi Green Initiative.

Throughout the development, the priority will be to include native and drought-tolerant species within the landscaping, which will contribute to significant enhancement of the natural setting and ensure irrigation demand is reduced.

The authority has also prioritized the protection and rehabilitation of valuable natural resources, such as the wadis and escarpments within the project area. The careful revitalization and protection of wadis, desert landscapes, and escarpments are at the core of the scheme.

For example, the preservation of Wadi Hanifah’s historical date palm farms and the substantial planting of native species in the area will contribute to a greener Riyadh.

In addition, the Diriyah site contains cultural assets that highlight the Kingdom’s biodiversity and natural resources, contributing to the education of the community on the country’s conservation efforts.

Through the study and implementation of energy demand reduction and energy efficiency measures, the authority will contribute toward the reduction of carbon emissions and support national efforts to address the impacts of climate change.

At a community level, the DGDA aims to help residents understand the importance of nature preservation by hosting online educational resources, conducting workshops in schools, leading campaigns such as the Plant Your Land initiative, and developing a supervisory area planning framework to promote agricultural studies in universities.

Earlier this year, the authority encouraged the local community to adopt eco-friendly living practices through the 3-R approach of reduce, reuse, and recycle, while promoting the use of sustainable cloth tote bags and reusable water bottles instead of plastic bags and bottles.

 


King Salman receives written message from Czech president

King Salman receives written message from Czech president
Updated 17 sec ago

King Salman receives written message from Czech president

King Salman receives written message from Czech president

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a written message from the Czech Republic’s President Milos Zeman on Sunday relating to the strong bilateral relations between their countries and ways to support them.

The message was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Bin Abdulkarim Al-Khuraiji during a meeting with the Czech ambassador to the Kingdom Juraj Koudelka.

Al-Khuraiji and Koudelka discussed bilateral relations between their countries and ways to enhance them in various fields. They also exchanged views on issues of common interest.


Saudi deputy FM meets Ukrainian envoy

Saudi deputy FM meets Ukrainian envoy
Updated 02 October 2022

Saudi deputy FM meets Ukrainian envoy

Saudi deputy FM meets Ukrainian envoy
  • Meeting covered bilateral relations and regional, international developments of mutual interest

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid bin Abdul Karim Al-Khuraiji met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Anatoliy Petrenko in Riyadh on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, the two discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest.

The deputy foreign minister also met with the Chargé d’Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Saudi Arabia Robert Trzeciak on the same day.

 


GCC chief stresses importance of enhancing prospects for cooperation with China

GCC chief stresses importance of enhancing prospects for cooperation with China
Updated 02 October 2022

GCC chief stresses importance of enhancing prospects for cooperation with China

GCC chief stresses importance of enhancing prospects for cooperation with China
  • Officials reviewed cooperation relations between the GCC and China to achieve mutual interests

RIYADH: The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council stressed the importance on Sunday of enhancing prospects for joint cooperation between the bloc and China to serve common interests.

During a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Weiqing in Riyadh, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf extended his congratulations to the government and people of China on the occasion of its National Day which fell on Saturday.

The two officials discussed topics of common interest including regional and international developments, and reviewed cooperation relations between the GCC and China to achieve mutual interests.

They also reviewed the latest developments in free trade negotiations between the two sides and their interest in strengthening and developing trade and economic relations.


Saudi festival Outlet 2022 sets new Guinness World Record

Saudi festival Outlet 2022 sets new Guinness World Record
Updated 02 October 2022

Saudi festival Outlet 2022 sets new Guinness World Record

Saudi festival Outlet 2022 sets new Guinness World Record
  • The festival includes 3 million items manufactured by more than 1,500 international brands

RIYADH: The Outlet 2022 shopping festival, being organized by the General Entertainment Authority, has won Guinness World Records recognition as the largest pop-outlet center.

Covering an area of 146,623 square meters, festival activities started on Saturday in Riyadh. It includes 3 million items, manufactured by more than 1,500 international brands, and discounts of up to 70 percent on fashion, accessories, and cosmetic products designed by international experts.

Farah Ahmed, who lives in Al-Rehab neighborhood where the outlet is located, described it as “impressive,” while Mohammed Al-Bugami, a Saudi private-sector employee, praised the “top organization” he witnessed on the first day.

“I have no words to describe how great and well-organized this festival is. I would like to thank the organizers for their efforts in making this shopping festival a reality,” he said.

Entry to the festival is free and outlet sections include home accessories, leather-made items, bridal gowns, suitcases, and electronics.

The fashion section includes products by names such as Zara, Massimo Dutti, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Lacoste, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, and Mango. Additionally, visitors can choose between various sports shoe brands, including Adidas, Puma, and Nike.

GEA chairman, Turki Al-Asheikh, thanked Kuwaiti actresses Hayat Al-Fahad and Suad Abdullah, and Saudi actor Bashir Al-Ghunaim for taking part in the official festival promo that gained millions of views.

The GEA aims to encourage private-sector organizations to develop entertainment activities in the Kingdom. It was established in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to organize and develop the entertainment sector in the country and provide options and entertainment opportunities for all segments of society.


KSRelief provides COVID-19 vaccines, health services in Yemen

KSRelief provides COVID-19 vaccines, health services in Yemen
Updated 02 October 2022

KSRelief provides COVID-19 vaccines, health services in Yemen

KSRelief provides COVID-19 vaccines, health services in Yemen
  • This comes as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to support Yemen and its people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) provided health services to displaced people in Yemen, as well as Coronavirus vaccines in the country, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday. 
 
KSRelief has been providing support to Yemen’s national vaccination campaign, implemented by the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, in 12 governorates. 

KSRelief worked with the ministry from Sept. 24 to 28 as part of efforts to vaccinate a wider group of the population against the virus, according to SPA. 
 
Through the campaign, 446,966 people were vaccinated and 2,242 members of the Yemeni vaccination team were trained.

KSRelief also deployed 320 volunteer teams and 180 mobile teams to vaccinate the targeted population, SPA reported. 

The organization also set up mobile medical centers at Waalan Camp in the Haradh District to provide treatment to displaced people, according to SPA. 

From Sept. 14 to 20, the clinics received 56 beneficiaries with various health conditions in different clinics and departments and provided them with necessary medical services.

The KSRelief clinics also provided 162 individuals with medication.

The vaccination campaign and health services all come within the framework of the Kingdom’s goal to continue to provide support to Yemen and its people, SPA said.