KSA sets up 5,000 tents for Syrian refugees

Updated 12 August 2013
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KSA sets up 5,000 tents for Syrian refugees

Saudi Arabia’s National Campaign to Support Syrians has set up more than 5,000 tents for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The tents were erected with the help of the Turkish Crisis Management Authority.
Khaled Al-Salma, director of the campaign’s office in Turkey, said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had instructed them to provide the Syrian refugees with shelter, health care and foodstuffs.
He said the new tents would play a role in alleviating the suffering of refugees. “We have built these tents in areas where the largest number of refugees are located. We consider this job as our religious, moral and humanitarian duty,” he added.
The campaign had previously distributed food packets among the refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. About 1.8 million Syrians have fled their country for its neighboring states and beyond since the start of the civil war in March 2011.
Ankara has adopted an “open door policy” for Syrian refugees. The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been getting much international praise for this, with the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) characterizing the Syrian camps in Turkey as “the best refugee camps ever seen” in its April 30 report “Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey.”
While highly pleasing initially, such praise is now seen by government officials as hollow. These officials indicate that the cost of looking after the refugees has reached the $1 billion mark, while international assistance has not exceeded $100 million.
This was also underlined by Kemal Kirisci, from the Brookings Institution in Washington, who pointed out in a June 27 blog post the urgent need to assist Turkey as it tries to cope with a major international humanitarian disaster.
According to figures obtained by Kirisci from government sources, Turkey is currently hosting close to half a million Syrian refugees. As of mid-June, over 200,000 reside in one refugee camp, while nearly 290,000 live outside these camps. Around 100,000 internally placed Syrians are reported to be awaiting entry into Turkey.


Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

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Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

  • The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track
  • The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces

DUBAI: Women drivers will compete against male counterparts in Formula E’s “Rookie Test” for up and coming drivers after the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix race on December 15.

The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track, the Kingdom’s General sports authority said.

Female drivers will line up against male rivals on the grid to take part in the official in-season test for the forthcoming season of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship.

The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces, including the first Emirati female racing driver, Amna Al-Qubaisi.

Al-Qubaisi has had a steep progression in her career so far, starting karting aged 13, and going on to win the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Championship before more recently competing in Formula 4 with Prema Theodore Racing.

“I'm very proud to be representing women in general and Arabian women in particular. This test drive is another stepping-stone towards my dream of a professional career in motorsports and thanks to the continuous support of Kaspersky Lab, this dream will eventually come true,” Al-Qubaisi said.

Saudi Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud, Secretary General of the organizing committee for the race, said: “Through the increased participation in and hosting of world-class sports within Vision 2030, we want to inspire the young people of Saudi Arabia towards greater achievement and taking an active role in every part of life.”