British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

Visiting British legislator Keith Vaz holds talks with KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in Riyadh. (Photo courtesy KSRelief).
Updated 08 December 2017
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British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

RIYADH: A visiting British MP praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for helping refugees worldwide, including in Yemen.
Keith Vaz made the statement at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh after meeting on Wednesday with its General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.
Vaz said KSRelief’s activities in Yemen and Djibouti are highly commendable, and he thanked King Salman for his support in helping the needy.
Al-Rabeeah told Vaz that KSRelief has helped 38 countries, and is carrying out several projects in Yemen to help women and children.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told Vaz that his warning in September 2012 to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron about Iranian interference in Yemen had come true.
Hadi praised the efforts of Vaz, who was born in Aden, in promoting Yemeni-UK relations.
Vaz hailed Hadi’s efforts in serving Yemen, and invited him to visit the UK and address Parliament.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi told Vaz that the ongoing conflict “was not the choice of the government, but imposed by the rebels who sabotaged the political process, invaded cities, killed and displaced thousands of people, and rounded up thousands of others.”
The internationally recognized Yemeni government has responded positively to all UN peace proposals, but the rebels have undermined those initiatives, Al-Mekhlafi added.
 


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”