Rise in Jeddah’s population is a strain on its resources

Rise in Jeddah’s population is a strain on its resources
Updated 30 January 2013

Rise in Jeddah’s population is a strain on its resources

Rise in Jeddah’s population is a strain on its resources

It used to be at least a few years ago that one could avoid the traffic and congestion on the streets, in malls, supermarkets and other consumer outlets by simply going to places during the day instead of at night. However, Jeddah residents say this has all changed with a noticeable increase in the city’s population.
“Since the summer months last year, it has increasingly become hard at any time of the day to venture out to shop or to run some other errands due to the increase in traffic on the streets and in stores,” Sami Al-Muminah, a Saudi father of four, who belongs to an old Jeddah family, said.
He explained that the situation had become so unbearable that he had not been able to take his kids out as much as in the past.
Rami Al-Madani, a Saudi who has lived in Jeddah since his childhood, agrees with Al-Muminah's views. He said: “The population increase is apparent from a look on Jeddah streets, but the most significant problem is the strain it has been putting on the network and health services of the city. For example, I have had to take my wife to Taif to get treatment at a hospital, because the earliest appointment at the government hospitals in Jeddah was in six months, and we simply could not wait.”
According to data from the Ministry of Haj, which cooperates with other ministries in monitoring population growth, the population in the Bride of the Red Sea has steadily been increasing for the past four decades, rising from 1 million in 1970 to 1.4 million in 1986, passing the 2 million mark in 1993 and dramatically increasing, according to the last census in 2010, to 3.2 million. Still, many say that this number has been well surpassed, expecting the current population in Jeddah to be at least at 4 million.
“I agree that there has been a significant rise in the population in Jeddah recently, and believe that the issue is being fueled primarily by rural to urban migration, as people leave smaller towns and villages in search of jobs and a better standard of living in the large cities of the Kingdom,” Arvinder Ansari, an associate professor of sociology at King Abdulaziz University, confirmed.
She pointed out that this is being driven by massive governmental projects that are under way to improve the major cities, without similar projects in place to improve smaller areas.
“To curb the migration of people to large cities, there must also be infrastructure projects under way to improve the living conditions of smaller towns. If this does not happen, there could be dangerous and detrimental effects to the Kingdom’s major cities,” she warned.
Some of these effects have already been felt in Jeddah in the form of shortages on certain food items. The most recent example is the increase in prices of chicken during the third quarter of last year, when a carton of chickens rose to SR 145. The dilemma, manufacturers said in a previous Arab News article, was due to the market dynamics of increased demand versus a lack of supply.
Other effects have also been felt in the form of a housing crisis in the city, with rapid population growth being blamed for the need for at least 100,000 housing units annually, amounting to a required 1 million residential units by 2020.
According to a 2009 report issued by Jones Lang LaSalle, Jeddah residents should get used to the inconveniences of a population increase, with the real estate services and investment management firm forecasting an additional increase of 2.25 million people in the city's population by 2029.


Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported
Updated 17 min 6 sec ago

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

ASIR: A Houthi booby-trapped drone fell on a school in Asir but no injuries were reported, Al Ekhbariya reported on Sunday. 

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KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania
Updated 13 June 2021

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has performed 33 open heart surgeries and 50 cardiac catheterization procedures  in Mauritania since the start of the year. 

The operations were carried out by KSRelief volunteers as part of a project with the Muslim World League (MWL). 

The project helped low-income patients by diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions. 

KSRelief currently has 14 food security and health initiatives in Mauritania including leading first aid training and providing food baskets.


Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour
Updated 13 June 2021

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his “sincere condolences” and sympathy to his highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, after the passing of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

In a phone call on Sunday the crown prince of Saudi Arabia said he prayed for  forgiveness and mercy on behalf of the deceased. 

On Friday, King Salman and the crown prince extended their condolences in a phone call to the emir of Kuwait.


Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 13 June 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 448,093
  • A total of 7,572 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 19 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,017 new infections on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 344 were recorded in Makkah, 198 in Riyadh, 155 in the Eastern Province, 84 in Asir, 68 in Madinah, 60 in Jazan, 23 in Najran, 18 in Hail, 10 in Tabuk, 10 in Al-Baha, five in the Northern Borders region and two in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 448,093 after 1,133 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 7,572 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 15.6 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia’s Tawakkalna app operating in 75 countries worldwide

Saudi Arabia’s Tawakkalna app operating in 75 countries worldwide
A man displays his details on his mobile phone using the Tawakkalna app as he enters a mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS)
Updated 13 June 2021

Saudi Arabia’s Tawakkalna app operating in 75 countries worldwide

Saudi Arabia’s Tawakkalna app operating in 75 countries worldwide
  • An app launched last year by Saudi authorities to help track coronavirus infections is available in 75 countries worldwide
  • The Tawakkalna app was recently updated to show someone’s COVID-19 health status, showing them to be vaccinated or infected, and now functions as a “passport”

JEDDAH: Countries in the first phase of the app’s international availability include: Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Morocco, Tunisia, Djibouti, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Lebanon, Nigeria, India, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Bangladesh, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Norway, Austria, the US, Japan, Greece, Spain, Estonia, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Brunei, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Finland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Canada, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Maldives, and Azerbaijan.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs office in Jazan temporarily closed the Budaiya Mosque in Abu Arish governorate after it was confirmed that the imam had COVID-19.

Field teams undertook preventive and precautionary measures, including sterilization operations and comprehensive maintenance, in preparation for reopening the mosque and receiving worshippers at a later date.

The ministry noted the keenness of worshippers and their active role in reporting mosques that did not comply with health and safety instructions and failed to implement preventive measures.

FASTFACTS

464,780 Total cases

446,960 Recoveries

It asked everyone to report future similar incidents by calling 1933.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday reported 16 more coronavirus-related fatalities, taking the overall death toll to 7,553.

There were 1,077 new cases, bringing the total number of infections 464,780. There are 10,267 active cases, of which 1,562 are in a critical condition.

Of the newly recorded cases, 348 were in Makkah, 225 were in Riyadh, 149 were in the Eastern Province, and 69 were in Madinah.

Authorities said a further 906 patients had recovered from the disease, increasing the total number of recoveries to 446,960.

The country has so far carried out more than 20.27 million PCR tests, with 75,059 carried out in the past 24 hours.

Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the onset of the pandemic.

Taakad centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.

Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.

Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.

Saudi Arabia has vaccinated 15,633,787 people to date.