Volunteers repair houses of poor families in Riyadh

The initiative aims to extend assistance to those living in poor districts through the renovation and repair of their houses. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Volunteers repair houses of poor families in Riyadh

RIYADH: Many young Saudis find inner satisfaction through volunteer work, which also helps boost their self-confidence. In addition to acquiring new experiences, volunteer work allows youngsters to learn the pleasures of bringing joy to others.
This was typically felt by a group of volunteers called the “story of success” team, which launched an initiative at the beginning of last Ramadan to renovate the houses of poor and low-income people in the capital city of Riyadh.
The team, supported by grandsons of Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz, comprises seven members and another 50 young male and female volunteers who sought to help those unable to renovate and repair their houses.
Team member Abdulmajeed Al-Disimani said the initiative is part of other initiatives launched by the “story of success” team which is a community, humanitarian and charity initiative started in Al-Faisaliyah district in Riyadh.
He said the initiative aims to extend assistance to those living in poor districts through the renovation and repair of their houses by these young volunteers. The team, which came into being a few months ago, welcomes new members who desire to join, he said.
Speaking to local media, he said the team receives a list of poor families whose houses need repair through the Social Development Center in Al-Faisaliyah district and the team members review the houses eligible for support.
The team consults specialized contractors and engineers on the work that is required on each home.
Some of the repairs are carried out by the specialists, while the rest of the work, such as painting, is done by the team members, he said.
He gave no information on the beneficiaries of the initiative but expressed the hope that the service will cover all poor houses in the district, which exceed 50 houses.
He said their first plan was to launch their voluntary project in Al-Faisaliyah district and then shift to another district in coordination with other needy areas.
Al-Disimani expressed thanks and appreciation to those who supported the initiative, either volunteers or those who rendered financial and material support.
He also thanked those who gave moral support through social media and, in this context, called on all parties to join hands in helping poor families repair their houses to improve their quality of life.


Saudi Arabia's crown prince inaugurates King Salman Energy Park project in Dhahran

Updated 10 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia's crown prince inaugurates King Salman Energy Park project in Dhahran

  • SPARK aims to strengthen the Kingdom's position as a regional and global energy hub

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), located in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. 
SPARK is a 50-square-kilometer energy city megaproject, which will position Saudi Arabia as a global energy, industrial and technology hub. 
Saudi Aramco will develop, operate, manage and maintain the project’s infrastructure in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON).
SPARK’s role in enabling localization within the Kingdom’s energy supply chain aligns with the strategic goals of Saudi Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program.
The energy park, located between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, will be developed in three phases. The project will cover an area of 50 sq. km. The first phase of the development will cover 12 km² and will be completed by 2021. 
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco chairman, Khalid A. Al-Falih, announced that SPARK will be a Special Economic Zone, where tenants will benefit from regulatory, fiscal and non-fiscal support. 
“SPARK’s status supports the energy city’s objective to attract investments and improve its competitiveness for the regional and global export of energy products and services,” he said.
Highlighting SPARK’s role in unlocking the full potential of the Kingdom’s energy resources in line with the Kingdom’s economic transformation plan, Al-Falih said: “SPARK is one of the country’s most ambitious projects, affirming the Kingdom’s commitment to Vision 2030 by creating thousands of high-skilled jobs, serving as an economic catalyst and advancing Saudi Arabia’s strong position in the global energy sector.”
Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin Nasser said: “The King Salman Energy Park will start a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s thriving sectors. It will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies with Saudi Aramco continuing to be at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.
“We’re looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK, as we are investing in business opportunities for international investors and private-sector companies in the Kingdom. Together, we are building a world-class energy hub that will accelerate solutions across the value-chain for generations,” he added.
SPARK has already attracted investments from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services in the Kingdom’s energy sector. 
The investment in the first phase of the project is expected to be around $1.6 billion. 
When operational, SPARK is estimated to contribute more than $6 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP annually and create up to 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.