Saudi authorities urge public to avoid food waste during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia witnesses the loss and waste of large quantities of meat annually. (X/@MEWA_KSA)
Saudi Arabia witnesses the loss and waste of large quantities of meat annually. (X/@MEWA_KSA)
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Updated 14 March 2024
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Saudi authorities urge public to avoid food waste during Ramadan

Saudi authorities urge public to avoid food waste during Ramadan
  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture says large amount of meat ends up in trash during Ramadan and the waste creates challenges for the agricultural sector
  • The average person in the Kingdom wastes more than 184 kg of food each year, amounting to a total of 4 million tons nationwide, worth $10.7 billionThe average person in the Kingdom wastes more than 184 kg of food each year, amounting to a total of 4 milli

RIYADH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia have called for “rational behavior” when people break their fast during Ramadan, to help reduce the amount of meat that is wasted in the Kingdom during the holy month.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said large quantities of meat end up in landfill and dumps during Ramadan, and this waste creates challenges for the agricultural sector.

Studies have found that the average person in the Kingdom wastes more than 184 kilograms of food each year, amounting to a total of about 4 million tons nationwide. This represents the loss of 18.9 percent of all food, at a cost of more than SR40 billion ($10.7 billion) a year. Experts say one of the main reasons for this is declining public awareness of food waste.

Ministry figures show that 444,000 tons of poultry meat are wasted each year in Saudi Arabia, 22,000 tons of lamb, 13,000 tons of camel meat, 69,000 tons of fish, and 41,000 tons of other kinds of meat.

Officials urged the public to be more aware of the important need to reduce meat waste and to adopt more rational patterns of consumption to address the challenge, help achieve sustainable development goals, and preserve natural resources.

They highlighted the importance of proper planning before buying food, taking into account the number of people to be fed, and of not serving excessive amounts of food in a single meal. It also recommended saving leftovers to use in subsequent meals, or donating uneaten food.

The ministry also said it has introduced several initiatives designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding food waste and encourage the public to adopt more sustainable consumer behaviors. These include campaigns to educate people about ways to reduce and preserve meat and reduce waste, including through improved storage and refrigeration.


Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders
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Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior announced that visit visa holders are not allowed to enter or stay in Makkah during May 23-June 21 as access to the city will be limited to Hajj visa holders.

The ministry stressed that all types of visit visa are not a permit to perform Hajj, adding that violators will be subject to penalties according to Saudi laws and regulations.


Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death
Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, conveyed the condolences of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to top Iranian officials in Tehran on Wednesday on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions.

Prince Mansour bin Muteb bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to King Salman and Minister of State, and Prince Faisal were received by Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs to Iran President Mohammad Jamshidi and Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

Saudi ambassador to Iran Abdullah Al-Enazi attended the reception.


Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’

Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’

Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’
  • Accreditation follows evaluation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve by the international organization Key Biodiversity Areas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve has been granted accreditation as “the first major biodiversity site in the Kingdom.”

The organization Key Biodiversity Areas confirmed the accreditation, after an evaluation based on international standards, on its website on Wednesday. It said the reserve meets three global standards, including the presence of endangered species, and so qualifies for inclusion. The announcement coincided with International Day for Biological Diversity, which takes place on May 22 each year.

KBA works to monitor and preserve approved sites of great importance as part of its efforts to sustain biological diversity on a global level, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi reserve is managed by the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve Development Authority with the aim of protecting endangered species, developing natural habitats, raising environmental awareness among the public, and reducing natural and human threats to the area. It is considered the largest nature reserve in the Middle East, covering a total area of 130,700 square kilometers.


Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb headed the Kingdom’s delegation at the UN World Tourism Organization’s 50th meeting of the regional committee for the Middle East, on Wednesday in Muscat.

During his speech, the Saudi minister stressed the Kingdom’s openness to cooperate with member states to adopt joint regional tourism projects to attract international visitors to the region. 

Al-Khateeb thanked the Omani Minister of Heritage and Tourism Salem Al-Mahrouqi for the hospitality and extended his appreciation to the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and other officials for their efforts to advance the tourism sector globally.


Saudi ginseng reappears in Northern Borders region after 20 years

Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi ginseng reappears in Northern Borders region after 20 years

Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
  • Khonaysser Wadi Al-Anazi, a vegetation cover enthusiast, mentioned that he saw the Saudi ginseng plant on the outskirts of the city of Arar

RIYADH: Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the deserts of the Northern Border region, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Nasser Rashid Al-Majlad, president of Amana Environmental Association in the region, said the plant has several names: Al-Abab, Saudi ginseng, or ashwagandha, and has reappeared again in the region after more than 20 years, similar to many other wild plants.

 Al-Majlad pointed out that the region is rich in wild plants with high economic value, as it has a distinctive natural vegetation cover, which can be invested as a natural plant resource to increase biodiversity, combat desertification, expand green areas, and enhance tourism and human development, following the green economy system that balances economic and environmental needs, benefiting humanity and the planet.

Khonaysser Wadi Al-Anazi, a vegetation cover enthusiast, mentioned that he saw the Saudi ginseng plant on the outskirts of the city of Arar. He attributed this to the recent increase in rainfall and expansion of green areas in the region.

He also noted that with the reappearance of the plant, it could be used for various purposes.