Drones banned from Saudi skies

Updated 06 December 2015

Drones banned from Saudi skies

JEDDAH: The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a warning against airplanes flown in the Kingdom's skies by remote control.
This is to prevent their use for spying and in consideration of airline security.
A GACA official said that some remote-controlled flying devices were allowed into the country by Saudi Customs as children's toys, but were then altered locally with precision, quality equipment. The official said that these alterations give the devices the capacity to hold data and pictures, making them a security and aviation threat.
The GACA vice president for safety and security of air transport, Abdulhaleem Al-Badr, said the decision applies to all kinds of planes that operate through remote control. He added that such remote control planes have already become a source of concern internationally.


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

Updated 8 min 27 sec ago

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.