KSRelief provides health services to Yemeni people

KSRelief has secured medical supplies in the governorates of Aden, Hadramout, Marib, Saada and Taiz where the number of treated patients reached 22,500.
Updated 17 April 2017
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KSRelief provides health services to Yemeni people

JEDDAH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has provided health and medical services to Yemeni civilians in the crisis-hit country.
The KSRelief carried out health and medical projects in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, and in Jordan at the Jordanian Red Crescent Hospital in Amman. It also provided services in Sudan in cooperation with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society.
Center officials say they are committed to treat Yemeni patients and to provide care for their relatives until their return to their country. They are establishing medical clinics in Abkh province in the Republic of Djibouti and running it to provide medical care for Yemeni refugees in the camp that cares for more than 2,550 refugees.
The center also implemented health projects to treat injured civilians in Yemen.
The KSRelief has secured medical supplies in the governorates of Aden, Hadramout, Marib, Saada and Taiz where the number of treated patients reached 22,500.
The KSRelief deployed Sudanese medical staff to provide medical services in Yemen. They provided emergency medical services to Yemen’s women and children in order to reduce morbidity and mortality rates. The project benefited 7.5 million people.
It also provided preventive interventions for saving the lives of girls and boys under 5 years old in addition to pregnant and lactating women. The project benefited 2.7 million people.
The KSRelief supported water and environmental sanitation services, and provided drinking water and sewage in the governorates of Aden, Taiz, Sanaa, Lahj and Ibb. The number of beneficiaries of the project reached 13.3 million people.
The KSRelief established and operated Al-Salam Hospital in Saada governorate where the number of beneficiaries of the project reached 356,322 individuals.
The KSRelief worked to establish and operate the Saudi Hospital in Hajah governorate by providing medical equipment and care. The project benefited 270,000 people.
The center provided the arterial blood gas (ABG) device to the military hospital in Sanaa for patients with heart disease. The project benefited 15,300 individuals.
The KSRelief also set up and operated the Marib General Hospital, providing medical equipment, and comprehensive care and testing for patients in Marib governorate to benefit 74,480 people.
The center, in cooperation with the Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali People, dug two wells along with a water desalination plant in Yemen refugee camp in Abkh province in the Republic of Djibouti to provide drinking water for Yemeni refugees. The number of beneficiaries reached 3,902 individuals.


First charity art auction in Saudi Arabia hits SR4.8 million in sales

Updated 27 June 2019
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First charity art auction in Saudi Arabia hits SR4.8 million in sales

  • The event, which featured 43 works by Saudi and Arab artists, was held at historic Nassif House in Al-Balad, Jeddah
  • Tawaf around the Kaaba 2,” a painting by Saudi artist Abdullah Al-Shalty, fetched SR 650,000, the highest price paid for any single work in the auction

JEDDAH: Art for Al Balad, the first charity auction of contemporary art in the Kingdom, achieved sales of SR 4.8 million ($1.3 million) on Wednesday.

The event, which featured 43 works by Saudi and Arab artists, all of which sold, was held at historic Nassif House in Al-Balad, Jeddah, on Wednesday. It was organized by the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with auction house Christie’s.

“It was much above our expectations; we are very happy,” said Michael Jeha, chairman of Christie's Middle East.

About 200 Saudi art collectors joined artists and other members of the Saudi and international cultural communities at the event. Bidding was highly competitive, with “Tawaf around the Kaaba 2,” a painting by Saudi artist Abdullah Al-Shalty, fetching SR 650,000, the highest price paid for any single work in the auction.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Nassif House was built in 1872. Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, was received at this house upon his entry to the city in 1925.

• The Saudi government is keen to restore and preserve buildings with historic and cultural significance, and carries out regular renovation work.

• Al-Balad, or Jeddah historic district, is one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kingdom. It contains about 600 buildings that date back to the 19th century.

 

“Where to” by Prince Badr bin Abdulmohsen was the second-most expensive work, selling for SR 500,000, while “Witness in the Desert” by Abdullah Al-Sahikh attracted a winning bid of SR 380,000.

“It was extremely pleasing, very encouraging,” said Jeha. “The energy in the room was fantastic. The enthusiasm was very strong. I think for the very first auction, we can all be extremely pleased.”

Jeha described the growth of the art scene and culture in general in Saudi Arabia as very impressive, and said that the Ministry of Culture has developed a strong platform and program for the coming years, which will help to establish art and culture in the hearts and minds of people in the Kingdom.

The profits from the auction will help to establish a new heritage museum in Jeddah’s historic district and support The Help Center, a non-profit organization that provides customized support to children in the city with special educational needs.

The auction received donations and funding from galleries, cultural foundations, private collectors, and artists across the Arab World, the assistance of which was acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture.

“This would not be possible without the generous support of both the donors and the talented artists,” said Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, deputy minister of culture, in his opening speech.

The ministry aspires to create and develop a cultural environment in which artists and other creatives can access a platform that celebrates a shared identity and builds understanding between people.

Speaking of the Ministry’s three main objectives in its cultural vision for 2019, Fayez said that it aims to support the nation’s cultural transformation by promoting culture as a way of life, enable the sector to contribute to the economy, and encourage international cultural exchanges.

Before the auction, the works on sale were on display to the public in an exhibition on June 23 and 24.