Saudi Arabia provides $584.4 million relief assistance to Yemenis

Saudi Arabia is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the value and volume of aid provided in alleviating the suffering of the needy. (SPA)
Updated 03 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia provides $584.4 million relief assistance to Yemenis

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid has provided relief assistance worth $584.4 million to aid Yemeni citizens, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Headed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the center has been developing partnerships with international agencies to help the needy in Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia, and is planning to extend aid to other deprived countries.
In an earlier statement, Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the value and volume of aid provided in alleviating the suffering of the needy.”
The total amount spent by the Kingdom in relief aid programs during the past four decades has been around $115 billion from which over 90 countries have benefited.
The King Salman Center has now started working on two more projects: Tackling malnutrition among children and pregnant mothers, and provision of water supplies in 15 Yemeni governorates.
The total number of projects directed at Yemeni citizens has reached 123, and the number of partners that have stood by such projects has reached 81, the agency said.
The number of food, security and shelter projects has reached 44 at a cost of $238 million, which benefited 20 million people with the help of 24 partners.
The center has provided 16 projects related to education, family protection and early recovery programs at a cost of $78.17 million, while projects related to health, nutrition and environmental sanitation reached 53 at a cost of $211.48 million.
The number of beneficiaries in the two categories of projects reached 3,914,236 and 27,780,814, respectively, the agency said.
Regarding projects related to communications in emergencies, logistics and coordination of humanitarian operations, the center allocated 10 projects at a cost of $56.95 million. Some 15,657 people benefited from these projects.


A jubilant Saudi Arabia celebrates its past, present … and future

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A jubilant Saudi Arabia celebrates its past, present … and future

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said National Day is an opportunity to recall the achievements of the country’s founder
  • Saudi Arabia’s friends around the world outdid themselves in expressing their wishes to the Kingdom

RIYADH/JEDDAH/DUBAI:  It was a day that captured the heightened spirit of a nation.

In a year of remarkable changes, Saudi National Day on Sunday took on an exuberance like no other celebration before it, with enough fireworks to break a world record, people celebrating together outdoors across the land and landmarks around the world illuminated with the flag. 

In a speech marking the Kingdom’s 88th National Day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised the nation’s growth under King Salman, saying that while Vision 2030 “looks forward to the future,” Saudi Arabia “will remain committed to the principles” of Islam, “the religion of tolerance and moderation.”

The crown prince said National Day is an opportunity to recall the achievements of the country’s founder, King Abdul Aziz, and his sons. “On our National Day, we take pride in our country’s position on an international, Islamic and Arab level.” 

His sentiments were echoed by citizens, who gathered last night in 20 cities to watch more than 900,000 fireworks light up the sky.

Laser light show at a Jeddah stadium Sunday night as part of National Day celebrations. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

“I am so happy with all the changes going on under the visionary leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi women are happy to join the National Day parades, this year behind the wheel,” said Saudi actor and presenter Khairiah Abu Laban.

“We went around the city to see the lighting and the fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a pharmacist in Riyadh. “Green and white balloons fill either side of Riyadh streets.”

Saudi Arabia’s friends around the world outdid themselves in expressing their wishes to the Kingdom over the weekend, culminating on the day. 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag, while the Nasdaq Tower’s digital billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

In Lebanon, Pigeon Rocks, in Raouché off the coast of Beirut, were lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. 

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on Sunday to Riyadh, and crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags.

Not to be outdone, Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood. 

And if all that wasn’t enough, King Salman added an extra day, Monday, to the holiday.

Air show by the Saudi Royal Air Force in Jeddah in celebration of National Day. (SPA)