UNHCR to hold meeting on MENA child refugees

Updated 21 August 2014
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UNHCR to hold meeting on MENA child refugees

The United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will hold a regional conference under the slogan “investing in the future” to protect child refugees and teens from war-torn regions, on Oct. 15 and 16 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The event, which will see the participation of over 300 leaders, government officials and regional and international experts involved in refugee affairs and child protection in war zones, will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR eminent advocate for refugee children.
The conference will discuss ways of protecting refugee children and adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
António Guterres of the UNHCR said that this conference comes at a crucial time.
“Children currently constitute more than half of refugees in the region,” he said. “The impact of displacement is immense on these children’s childhood.
As such, the aim of this event is not only to determine how we can work together to better protect refugee children and adolescents today.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”