King Salman’s hot air balloon soars with a message of unity

King Salman’s balloon reflects the Kingdom’s role in building bridges. (SPA)
Updated 17 August 2018

King Salman’s hot air balloon soars with a message of unity

JEDDAH: A hot air balloon dedicated to Saudi King Salman took to the sky over Poland as part of an international festival.
The balloon featuring an image of the Saudi ruler and a message of unity was launched by the UAE at the 11th International Balloon Festival in the Polish city of Naunchev.
European teams and balloons from the US, Australia and Japan also took part in the 12-day festival, which ended on Wednesday.
The King Salman balloon was flown under the leadership of Capt. Abdul Aziz Nasser Al-Mansouri, who said he was proud to promote the ruler’s message of unification.
Shehab Nasser Al-Mansouri, the balloon’s technical director, said the balloon had taken part national and cultural celebrations around the world, including Poland, Russia and Italy and Jordan.
Al-Mansouri praised the support of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for young talents in the Kingdom and Gulf.
Adam Bronski, head of the festival’s organizing committee, welcomed the first European flight of King Salman’s balloon, which reflected the Kingdom’s pioneering role in building bridges.
He also praised the Kingdom’s efforts in humanitarian and medical support for Poland.


24-hour curfew in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities

Updated 07 April 2020

24-hour curfew in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities

  • 15 govt bodies work together to repatriate Saudis abroad
  • The 24-hour curfew will be applied for the first time in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other major cities under a 24-hour curfew on Monday.

The new curfew applies to the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Alkhobar, a statement from the Interior Ministry said.
Entry to or exit from those areas will not be allowed, except for vital workers. Residents are allowed to leave their homes for medical or food needs inside their residential area and between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. only.
Fifteen government agencies are coordinating to facilitate the repatriation of Saudi citizens from abroad amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus. During the daily press briefing, Health Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said that his ministry was cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its repatriation operations.
In the Kingdom, the total number of confirmed cases is 2,605 with 203 new cases recorded on Sunday. He said that 551 patients have recovered and 2,016 are still being treated. The number of deaths in the Kingdom stands at 38.
Al-Aly said that updates about COVID-19 in the Kingdom with details of its geographical spread can be found at covid19.moh.gov.sa.
Tourism Ministry spokesman Anas Al-Sulai said: “The Ministry of Tourism has provided over 11,000 hotel rooms to accommodate Saudis returning from abroad, as they will be isolated to ensure their safety,” Al-Sulai said. The operation includes eight electronic services and the involvement of 15 government bodies that are working 24 hours to ensure the completion of the operation safely.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Naif Al-Otaibi, said that 22,000 environmental sanitation devices and 15,000 cadres are being used to sanitize and control areas.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the General Directorate of Passports called on all citizens and residents to activate the feature to receive notifications for its services available through the “Absher” application for electronic services on smartphones.
By doing so, users will be able to receive information about the status of their official documents and the dates of their expiry.