Saudi Arabia cited as major country in solving humanitarian, political problems

With smiles on their faces, Yemeni children carry the meals received from KSRelief officials in Taiz governorate, Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2017
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Saudi Arabia cited as major country in solving humanitarian, political problems

RIYADH: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said the Kingdom is one of the major countries concerned with solving humanitarian and political problems.
Grandi made the statement on Thursday during a press conference at UNHCR headquarters in the Saudi capital.
He expressed his hope for permanent cooperation with Saudi Arabia to solve many problems and humanitarian crises in various parts of the world.
He noted that humanitarian crises are usually the result of war and disasters in the world, pointing out that in 2017 alone, more than 2 million people have been displaced.
He noted that Saudi Arabia’s political role and its leading presence at the level of world politics has been very important in providing solutions to the problems and refugee crisis around the world.
Grandi said that the Kingdom took into account the political issues that caused these problems and moved to provide solutions in an attempt to end them.
He also cited the Kingdom’s role in ending the political problem that led to the migration of the Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
The UN commissioner also commended the “wise decision of King Salman to establish the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).”
He noted that KSRelief has become an important and effective link between international humanitarian organizations, and a generous supporter for refugees around the world.
He also announced a cooperation project between the UNHCR and KSRelief for the half-a-million Rohingyas displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Grandi also highlighted the center’s efforts in Yemen and its important and pivotal role in terms of supplies and services to Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and those affected in Sudan and Somalia.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.