KSA upset over UN accusation about hospital bombing

Updated 30 October 2015
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KSA upset over UN accusation about hospital bombing

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia complained on Wednesday that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had blamed Arab coalition’s airstrikes for hitting a UN-supported hospital in Yemen before the incident had been properly investigated.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UN, said the coalition did not carry out Monday's attack on the hospital.
In a statement on Tuesday, Ban “condemned the airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition” that hit the hospital in north Yemen's Saada province, a region controlled by Houthi forces. No one was killed in the attack.
The hospital is run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
“We regret the statement that was attributed to the Secretary-General,” Al-Mouallimi told a news conference, adding that he would contact Ban. “How was the hospital hit or damaged? We do not know and we will have a full and transparent investigation carried out by the Yemeni authorities.”
He said Saudia Arabia was aware of many other incidents in Yemen where damage had been caused to targets by Houthi artillery fire and blamed on the coalition.
“It would not be surprising if this was a similar situation. However, it would also be premature to reach any such conclusions,” Al-Mouallimi said. “The wise thing to do is to await the results of the investigation.”
He said MSF had given the coalition the correct coordinates of the hospital and it was on a list of forbidden targets. He said the nearest air operations at the time of the attack were at least 40 km north of the hospital.


Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

Updated 11 December 2018
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Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

  • Single-day concert tickets available for $87.95 (330 SAR)
  • Three-day tickets to see all six acts available for $253.19 (950 SAR)

RIYADH: Single-day tickets for day one and two of the Formula E festival of fun surrounding the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix are now available for the biggest line-up of sport, live music, entertainment and cultural activities ever staged in Saudi Arabia. Single-day tickets are available on their website  for $87.95 (330 SAR), with three-day tickets starting at $253.19 (950 SAR)

Doors open at 4 PM on December 13th with access to entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences for Formula E ticket holders at Ad Diriyah. Jason Derulo and headliner Enrique Iglesias take to the stage on day one, while on day two, Amr Diab and headline act The Black Eyed Peas will perform. The finale performance on day three will be a double-header concert given by David Guetta and OneRepublic.

Three-day tickets will allow fans to catch all the days of entertainment, including the complimentary concerts for Formula E ticket holders.

Fans from the Kingdom will be joined by international tourists from around the world, and the Gulf, at the event, with 30-day tourist visas available for the first time via new the online Sharek process.

More information about ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’, including schedule and tickets, can be found on their website.