KSRelief launches 2 anti-cholera projects in Yemen

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KSRelief General Supervisor Abdullah Al-Rabeeah shakes hands with the World Health Organization (WHO) representative after signing agreements for treating and preventing cholera in Yemen. (SPA)
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Updated 14 November 2017

KSRelief launches 2 anti-cholera projects in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Tuesday signed an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to carry out two projects in Yemen for treating and preventing cholera, valued at $22,740,133.

The agreement was signed by Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of KSRelief, and a WHO representative.

The two projects aim to support cholera treatment programs in Yemen; improve treatment of suspected cases; control the spread of the infection to prevent the occurrence of a cholera epidemic; and coordinating and cooperating at local and international levels in the field of water sanitation.

The projects will be implemented under the guidance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia.

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s ‘vegetable basket’

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ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s ‘vegetable basket’

  • Qassim in central Saudi Arabia hosts more than 8 million palm trees, which produce 205,000 tons of high quality dates every year

Al-Qassim is known for its agricultural value to Saudi Arabia. Due to the province’s fertile farming land, it is widely referred to as the Kingdom’s “vegetable basket.”

As the lushest part of the country, it is responsible for most of the Kingdom’s agriculture. Al-Qassim boasts the largest number of greenhouses in Saudi Arabia, producing a wide range of agricultural produce, including dates. 

The province hosts more than 8 million palm trees, which produce 205,000 tons of luxury dates annually that are exported regionally and internationally.

The capital of Al-Qassim, Buraidah, hosts a yearly date festival that is attended by many people, including those from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, who stock up on dates.

Al-Qassim’s farms and orchards attract nature lovers and city dwellers who wish to relax amid its palms and scenery.

These orchards have recently become an attraction for nature lovers, along with anyone who wants to get away from it all and relax. With greenery and tall palm trees surrounding the fields, Al-Qassim’s natural beauty, environmental splendor and fresh water make it the perfect destination.

Visitors come from all over to enjoy the magnificent views and get away from the dull routine of life. They are transported back in time by the simplicity showcased in the orchards by the farmers’ mud houses, and the work these laborers do from dawn until sunset, relying on authentic and traditional agricultural methods.

As well as being a tourist attraction, Al-Qassim is also known for the quality of its product. With so many farms and orchards in the region, and thanks to the fertility of its soil, a wide variety of crops can be grown, including wheat, dates, fruits and vegetables, which are sold across the Kingdom. • Photo by Saudi Press Agency