GCC and Neighboring Countries’ Shepherds and their Livestock Banned to Enter the Kingdom for Five Years, announcement

Riyadh, The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture announced today it was enforcing a ban of entry of shepherds and their livestock from the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States and the neighboring countries to the territories of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, effective Muharram 1440 for five years.

The order also set a time plan in collaboration with the relevant bodies for the return of shepherds and their livestock who happen to be in the Kingdom to where the came from.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, spokesman of the Ministry, disclosed that the ban step stems from a Royal Order supporting the Kingdom Vision 2030 in order to maintain the vital resources and the Kingdom's efforts in preserving the environment.

It is estimated that the Kingdom is set to save more than eight billion cubic meters of the groundwater reserves annually in addition to applying the Water Strategy 2030 and Environment approved by the Council of Ministers in addition to the National Transformational Initiatives 2020 in the fields of environment, water and agriculture.

Source: Saudi Press Agency