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Saudi Gazette, Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kingdom

inhigh/low °C

Today

Tomorrow

Sunday

Riyadh

38

/30

38

/28

35

/27

Makkah

37

/27

33

/30

32

/28

Madinah

40

/32

39

/32

39

/31

Jeddah

42

/28

39

/26

39

/29

Dammam

35

/31

37

/31

35

/31

Abha

24

/18

22

/17

22

/17

Baha

39

/27

41

/27

43

/28

Tabuk

28

/17

31

/18

35

/20

Jazan

30

/21

39

/33

40

/33

Taif

33

/20

31

/23

30

/22

Yanbu

39

/28

42

/31

41

/31

WEATHER FORECAST

IN BRIEF

N

E

W

S

Makkah

Madinah

Riyadh

Dammam

Abha

Tabuk

Hail

Jazan

Najran

5:41

5:44

5:16

5:04

5:28

6:00

5:39

5:25

5:19

6:59

7:04

6:36

6:26

6:43

7:23

7:02

6:41

6:36

12:34

12:35

12:07

11:53

12:23

12:47

12:27

12:23

12:17

3:46

3:43

3:14

2:58

3:38

3:50

3:30

3:39

3:32

6:09

6:05

5:36

5:20

6:03

6:11

5:52

6:04

5:57

7:39

7:35

7:06

6:50

7:33

7:41

7:22

7:34

7:27

PRAYER TIME

CITY

FAJR SUNRISE DHUHR

ASR MAGHREB ISHA

TABUK

3 desal plants for Tabuk region

Prince Fahd Bin Sultan, emir of Tabuk, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy

Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, and Deputy

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman for allocating three desalination

projects to the region, saying “This would be a big boost in achieving

water security and decent living for the citizens of the region.” Minister of

Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdurahman Al-Fadli signed a contract

worth SR687 million to build three new desalination plants in Tabuk region.

These include the third phase of Haql plant, fourth phase of Dhuba plant,

and the fourth plant in Al-Wajh. Each of these plants will have the capacity

to produce 16,000 cubic meters of water daily. Ali Al-Hazmi, governor of

Saline Water Conversion Corporation, said that there would be four tanks

each with the capacity of 9,000 cubic meters for the three plants, and

pipelines to carry water from the plants to the tanks.

NAJRAN

Najran emir condoles death of official

Najran Emir Prince Jalawi Bin Abdulaziz Bin Musaed offered condolences

to the bereaved family members of Arif Bin Nasser Al-Mansouri, an official

of Sharoura Football Club who died in a traffic accident on Tuesday. Four

players of the team sustained injuries in the accident. The emir called the

father of the deceased over phone and expressed deep sorrow over the

tragedy and prayed Almighty Allah to forgive him and accommodate him

in His Paradise. Prince Jalawi also called Muhammad Bin Ivad Al-Saiari,

president of the club, and was reassured about the health condition of

the injured players. On his part, Ibrahim Bin Atif Al-Shahri, governor of

Sharoura, visited on Thursday the house of Al-Mansouri and conveyed

condolences of the emir to the family members.

JEDDAH

Saudia carries over 30m passengers

Saudi Arabian Airlines transported a total of 30,104,254 passengers

during the last year, and this figure is an increase of two million

(7.3 percent) compared to 2015. The airline carried 16,734,627

passengers on domestic flights while 13,369,627 passengers were

transported between the Saudi cities and 57 destinations around the

world on international flights. There was an increase of 3.24 percent

in the number of flights that stood at 201,155 in 2016 against

194,840 in 2015. Saleh Al-Jasser, director general of Saudia, said

26 new aircraft joined the Saudia fleet and the national carrier is

expected to take delivery of another 28 by the end of 2017.

RIYADH

Comic Con organizers to be penalized

The General Authority for Entertainment (GAE) said that it is working on

taking punitive measures against the organizers of the first Saudi Comic

Con event that concluded in Jeddah last weekend. “The GAE regrets the

violation committed by the organizers of the Comic-Con event in one of

the activities,” a statement from the authority said. The authority noted

that despite the success of the event in general in terms of content

and organization, some activities associated with the event violated

one of the terms for licensing the event. “The GAE staff monitored the

violation and was halted at the time,” the statement said, adding that the

priority of the authority, as a regulator and developer of the Kingdom’s

entertainment sector, is to safeguard values, morals and traditions in any

entertainment presented to the public. The three-day festival of anime,

pop art, video gaming and film-related events, organized by Saudi firm

Time Entertainment, had attracted thousands of people.

MADINAH

Transport minister inspects facilities

Transport Minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan made an inspection tour of

the major transport facilities in Madinah and Yanbu. He inspected the

railway station of Haramain High Speed Rail in Madinah, which is ready

to use after completion of all construction and furnishing works. The

minister also visited the new facilities constructed at Prince Muhammad

International Airport. The inspection tour also covered the expansion

works of the industrial and commercial ports in Yanbu, and maintenance

and renovation works of several transport projects, including Yanbu –

Rabigh Expressway, Yanbu – Madinah Road, new projects of intersection

of residential compounds and intersection of Prince Sultan Road with

Hijrah Road. The minister thanked Prince Faisal Bin Salman, emir of

Madinah, for his extra keenness and support in implementing several

major transport projects in the region.

— Okaz/ Saudi Gazette

RAZING AN ISSUE

Saudi Gazette report

A

BANDONED

buildings dot cit-

ies all over the

Kingdom and these

structures can pose

a security when they are used

for illegal purposes. Used by un-

documented workers, terrorists,

drug dealers and criminals, ex-

perts have urged the government

to tear down derelict buildings

as a means of upholding national

security, Al-Riyadh daily reports.

While the reasons behind

owners abandoning buildings

vary from inheritance disputes,

inability to complete construc-

tion or carry out extensive

renovations in the case of old

buildings, experts say municipal

officials should, regardless of the

status of the building, take neces-

sary actions and tear down der-

elict, abandoned buildings that

have long been neglected.

Moreover, experts argue that

the chief of each district within

the city must keep a close eye on

abandoned buildings and ensure

they are not being used for ter-

rorist or criminal activities. Any

suspicious activities inside or

near the buildings should be re-

ported to authorities immediately

because the lives of people living

in the district may be in danger.

Dr. Yousef Al-Rumaih, a

criminology professor at Al-

Qassim University, warned against

the dangers of leaving abandoned

buildings unwatched. He said

abandoned buildings are the favor-

ite hideouts for criminals, perverts

and terrorists. In fact, they also

pose environmental dangers due to

accumulation of garbage and in-

Considered a security threat, experts urge action on abandoned buildings

festation of rodents and insects.

“The owners of abandoned

buildings should cooperate with

security authorities and report

these buildings so that authorities

can take necessary measures. If an

abandoned building turns out to be

used by a criminal or a terrorist, the

building owner will be held respon-

sible. I have read several stories

about heinous crimes that were

committed inside abandoned build-

ings and the corpses of the victims

were left there for weeks and some-

times months before authorities

discovered them,” he explained.

Negligence

Umm Fahd Al-Oraini lives

at Al-Naseem neighborhood in

Riyadh. Next to her house lies a

building that was abandoned by

the owner several years ago. She

says residents avoid the building

and want officials to take action.

“This building is really an

eyesore and has been neglected for

years. I do not think the concerned

authorities have any idea about it.

People of the neighborhood tend

not to walk by it in the night and

do not let their children get close

to it day or night. It is completely

unsafe and nobody knows if it is

used by criminals,” she said.

Musaad Al-Hameed lives in

an East Riyadh neighborhood in

a house located next to an aban-

doned building that is used by

expatriates as a makeshift ware-

house. Al-Hameed and other res-

idents of the neighborhood have

filed several complaints with

the concerned authorities asking

them to demolish the building,

which was deserted by its owner

over ten years ago. But their

pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

“No official action has been

taken so far. I am scared for my

family as we don’t know who the

people using the building are. It’s

gotten so bad that I’m seriously

thinking about selling my home

and moving to another neighbor-

hood where no abandoned build-

ings exist,” he said.