French, Jordanian expatriates celebrate Saudi achievements

Updated 30 October 2014
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French, Jordanian expatriates celebrate Saudi achievements

The French Consulate and the Jordanian Consulate, paid tribute to the excellent relationship between the two countries, as well as their mutual achievements in a belated celebration of the Saudi National Day. This took place as part of Jordanian Enterprises forum program under the patronage of Prince Sattam bin Khaled at the residence of French Consulate General Dr. Louis Blaine on Wednesday.
Dr. Louis Blaine welcomed Prince Sattam and guests, saying that the French Consulate was honored to host the Saudi National Day with the cooperation of Jordanian consulate as part of Jordanian Enterprises forum, though they were late in organizing the event due to the hot weather and Haj season.
He said that France and Jordan are enjoying historical links in trade, cultural exchange and in many other ways, and that he was very happy to have Prince Sattam, as well as Saudi and Jordanian communities present on the occasion.
Jawaher Al-Abad, the supervisor and media coordinator of the event, also welcomed Prince Sattam and thanked him for attending the event.
She commented this is not something new for Prince Sattam as he already sponsors a number national events. She said the Jordanian people love and appreciate his continuous support for the mutual relationship between the Kingdom and Jordan.
She said the history of any country starts with the founding, first, of a national identity, and that national days such as this therefore play a very important part in remembering the struggle that was won in establishing their homeland, and in remembering the martyrs.
“We congratulate the whole Kingdom for this special day,” she said.
Mohammed Ayman Al-Rifai, the supervisor of the Enterprises Forum, said that the National Day is synonymous with remembering decades of unity and struggle.
“It is our pleasure to celebrate the Kingdom’s National Day; the world is inspired by the people of the Kingdom for their struggle, development and success, bringing to the forefront its sons and daughters in all spheres of life,” he said.
He further said that the Kingdom is based on the welfare of its citizens, and that many Jordanians consider Saudi Arabia to be their second home, as both of the kingdoms support for each other in various fields shows the strength of the relationship between the two countries.


Clean sweep: Marine waste targeted in Red Sea tourism program

The program for eliminating marine debris will play an important material and moral role with the support of the residents of areas surrounding the seafront. (SPA)
Updated 22 September 2019

Clean sweep: Marine waste targeted in Red Sea tourism program

  • Debris major cause of death for marine life
  • Disintegration of plastic waste threaten human food resources

JEDDAH: A beach cleanup program targeting marine waste has been launched by the Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The firm, which is behind the development of a luxury seafront tourism destination in Saudi Arabia, is already developing a range of environment-friendly policies such as zero-waste-to-landfill, zero-discharge-to-the-sea, zero-single-use plastics, and achieving 100 percent carbon neutrality. On Saturday it launched the Marine Debris Beach Clean Up Program as part of the Red Sea Project. “Eliminating marine debris is receiving increasing attention from the media that it has become a global cause, urging us to participate in protecting our virgin environment for which our seafront is known,” said TRSDC CEO John Pagano.
“The program for eliminating marine debris will play an important material and moral role with the support of the residents of areas surrounding the seafront. It will also shed light on the importance of reducing the use of nonrecyclable plastics, in addition to encouraging the disposing of these substances in a safe and sustainable manner.”
The TRSDC will continue to explore ways for recycled materials to be a source of employment opportunities for the area’s residents, he added. 
TRSDC is an official partner of the United Nations’ initiative to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the cleanup program will initially support two SDGs: Life Below Water and Life on Land. It will expand to support other SDGs, including Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and the Growth of the Economy, Ending Poverty, and Quality Education.

HIGHLIGHTS

• TRSDC is an official partner of the United Nations’ initiative to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the cleanup program will initially support two SDGs: Life Below Water and Life on Land.

• It will expand to support other SDGs, including Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and the Growth of the Economy, Ending Poverty, and Quality Education.

• Institutions or individuals wishing to take part in the beach cleanup program can find more details here: www.act4sdgs.org/partner/TheRedSeaProject

Dr. Rusty Brainard, chief environment officer at TRSDC, said: “Marine debris causes significant damage to the environment and is a major cause of death for many marine organism species, which may ingest these substances. Moreover, the disintegration of plastic waste into small pieces that penetrate into the food web base may also threaten human food resources. Our program for eliminating marine litter is a long-term project that includes ongoing monitoring of environmental health, as well as periodic intervention to clean up any waste in the Red Sea Project.”
TRSDC has teamed up with leading academic institutions in the Kingdom, such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the University of Tabuk, on a number of educational initiatives, added Brainard.
The partnership between TRSDC and KAUST has led to an international competition — “Brains for Brine” — that encourages academics, scientists, engineers and the water industry to find solutions for managing the disposal of brine, which is a waste product of water desalination, in a sustainable and commercially viable way.
KAUST has also helped TRSDC with marine spatial planning for the Red Sea Project.
As part of the planning process, major environmental studies were carried out to ensure that the area’s sensitive ecology was protected both during and after completion of the development.
The final master plan, which preserves around 75 percent of the destination’s islands for conservation and designates nine islands as sites of significant ecological value, required several redesigns to avoid potential disruption to endangered species native to the area.
Institutions or individuals wishing to take part in the beach clean-up program can find more details here: www.act4sdgs.org/partner/TheRedSeaProject