RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced Saturday its preliminary budget statement for 2024 with an expected 1.9 percent deficit of the GDP.
The Saudi finance ministry projected total expenditures for fiscal 2024, which is identical to a calendar year in the kingdom, at 1,251 billion Saudi Riyals (about 333.5 billion U.S. dollars), and 1,172 billion riyals in revenues. (Saudi Arabia-2024-Deficit to GDP)
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DOHA -- The main building of the International Horticultural Expo 2023 in Qatar's capital Doha has broken a Guinness World Record for having the world's largest green roof that spans an area of 4,031 sqm, Qatar's public works authority Ashghal announced in a statement on its website on Saturday.
Mohammed Al Khouri, secretary general of the International Horticultural Expo 2023, said the news, which came on the eve of the opening of the expo that is scheduled to be held from Oct. 2, 2023 to March 28, 2024, will add momentum to the global event. (Qatar-Expo 2023 Building-Green Roof)
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TRIPOLI -- A Rome-bound flight took off Saturday here in the Libyan capital, resuming direct scheduled flights between Libya and Italy after a nearly 10-year halt.
Operated by Libya-based Medsky Airways, the flight took off from Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport for Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport. (Libya-Civil Flight Resumption-Italy)
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ATHENS -- The Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome at the Athens Olympic Athletic Center (OAKA) complex, the main venue of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, have been shut down due to safety concerns.
A preliminary investigation has been ordered by a prosecutor over possible shortcomings in maintenance, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Saturday. (Greece-Olympic Stadium)