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More stormy weather on the way for several Saudi regions

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  • Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in Riyadh and nearby provinces
  • Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains

JEDDAH: Residents across Saudi Arabia will have to brace for yet another week of rough weather as authorities predict stormy conditions in a number of the Kingdom’s regions.
Heavy thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds will be a feature for the week ahead in most central, northern and eastern parts of the country, meteorologists predict.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in the capital, Riyadh, and the surrounding areas, as well as in the nearby provinces of Qassim and Hail.
There is a similar picture in the east of the country, where larger cities such as Dammam,  Khober, and Al-Ahsa, will see the possibility of moderate to heavy rainfall.
Madinah is expected to witness downpours from Tuesday to Thursday.
Al-Baha and Al-Asir, two southern regions, will see moderate rainfall, expecting to grow in intensity on Wednesday.
Authorities in the west-coast city of Jeddah have said they are continuing to deal with over 200 locations effected by rainwater, after stormy weather this week.
Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains.
Last week, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection issued a “code red” warning of heavy thunderstorms and dust storms in the Eastern Region. Several other regions had to deal with adverse weather conditions, including Tabuk, in the north, where there was a risk of snow in elevated areas.
The country’s electricity provider had to apologize, last week, to residents of Rafhaa after the severe weather caused power cuts.
Authorities have issued several warnings to residents to avoid valleys and exercise caution when driving in the rain, advising motorist to provide enough stopping distance on wet roads.
Bad weather accompanied by torrential rains and flash flooding has hit several countries in the region, including Jordan where 12 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 tourists forced to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra.
In Neighboring Kuwait, one man died after being swept away attempting to rescue his family from floods.
The ministries of oil and electricity as well as several oil companies announced a state of emergency, and the government held an urgent cabinet session on Saturday morning.

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Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University Jumped 59 Places in Global Rankings

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Congratulations to Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) for jumping 59 places in one year only, the university now ranks the 79 globally in the internally recognized UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.

The university ranked second at the local level in the UI GreenMetric 2020 and the fourth in the Middle East.

The ranking, which is done every year, measures the efforts that campuses exert to become sustainable and its eco-friendly infrastructures. The index looks at 912 universities in 94 countries.

It looks at six main indicators: Infrastructure, energy, waste, water, transportation, and the level of the educational process.

PNU’s advancement this year reflects the effort of the university in maintaining the environmental standards and providing an integrated healthy educational environment that aims at achieving environmental sustainability at all levels.

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The Kingdom to Provide Covid-19 Vaccine For Free to All Citizens and Residents

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The Saudi Health Ministry announced last night that the Kingdom will provide citizens and residents with the Covid-19 vaccine for free, a senior official told Saudi Al Ekhbariya TV.

The ministry hopes that these vaccines will cover 70% of the Kingdom’s population by the end of next year.

Dr Abdullah Asiri, assistant undersecretary at the ministry, said that the Kingdom is to obtain vaccines through Covax and companies outside of the consortium.

“The Kingdom worked on two paths to obtain the vaccine, through the COVAX organisation, which the G20 had a role in creating and financing…Saudi Arabia will obtain a large number of vaccines through this facility, while the second track is directly contracting with the big companies to cover the gap that cannot be covered through COVAX,” Arab News mentioned Asiri as saying.

“One of the most important goals set by the G20 during Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency is to support all-inclusive and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostic and treatment tools,” he added.

Dr Al Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia had spent so far more than $200 million on vaccine and developing a drug for the virus.

The promising news is that so far, three vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have been found to be at least 70% effective.

 

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G-20 Leaders Close Riyadh Summit and World Leaders Discuss Efforts in Facing the Pandemic

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The G20 Leaders’ Summit was presented virtually this year due to the pandemic and was hosted by Saudi Arabia with the participation of the world’s leaders.

The two-day conference ended on Sunday, its organizers hailed it as a success. Following this success, the Kingdom handed over G20 presidency to Italy as Riyadh summit concluded.

The two-day summit, the 15th meeting of the forum, has allowed leaders of economies to come together and discuss the most challenging socioeconomic issues, including finding a response to the pandemic and its challenges.

“We underscore the urgent need to bring the spread of the virus under control,” the leaders of the G-20 nations said in the communique.

“We have seen very clear signs but also actions by the G-20 supporting multilateralism,” Mohammed al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister, said during a news conference at the summit’s conclusion.

“We hope that Italy will crystallize this idea with the aim of supporting joint international coordination and intensifying the role, to come up with policies and initiatives to meet any challenges and determine the economic and well-being of our peoples,” the crown prince said.

The crown prince stressed on the importance of cooperation in standing against the outbreak of COVID-19, and its health, economic, and social repercussions.

The G20 leaders also promised to “spare no effort” to ensure the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and medicines worldwide.

“We are taking immediate and exceptional measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its intertwined health, social and economic impacts, including through the implementation of unprecedented fiscal, monetary and financial stability actions,” the statement said.

 

 

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