Food trucks and camels mingle in national fair

A foreign visitor at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival that kicked off on Monday in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 02 January 2018
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Food trucks and camels mingle in national fair

JEDDAH: The Al-Dahnaa Desert buzzes with life and commercial activity as it hosts the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, which is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors every day — especially during the holidays — between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, 2018.
The festival includes a market for productive families, with 100 points of sale for displaying handcrafted products, the most noticeable of which are camel heritage tools and leathers.
There is another market, which includes 100 points of sale for camels, cattle, fodder, antiques, vintage toys, handicrafts, tents, food supplies, laundries, firewood and camping supplies.
Several catering companies and coffee shops will participate in the festival to provide everything campers, participants, guests and tourists may need.
The director of the project, Mohammed Al-Hasoun, said the street allocated for the market was paved this year and developed to better serve shop owners and shoppers.
“The shops’ tents were altered to look the same and have similar colors, sizes, and specifications,” he added.
The official spokesman for the festival, Sultan Al-Bokomi, said a special area was allocated for 25 food trucks to ensure a diverse food menu at a nominal subscription of SR3,000 ($800) throughout the festival, and the festival’s management will provide these trucks with electricity and any service they might need.
Al-Bokomi pointed out that there are rules and regulations governing the trucks’ work at the festival, including having a municipal license for carrying out such activity, and in case there were employees, they should be sponsored by the truck owner and must provide a health certificate.
He also confirmed that the festival’s management would control prices and ensure a safe, healthy and clean environment throughout the event’s activities.
The King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival is open for visitors between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Saudi oil-product aid set to reach Yemen by end of October

The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Saudi oil-product aid set to reach Yemen by end of October

  • Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics, Al-Jaber said.
  • Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to provide Yemen with oil products to support power and water-treatment plants, with the first shipment set to reach Aden by the end of October.
The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, executive director of the Isnad Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen and supervisor of the Saudi Reconstruction Program in Yemen, during a meeting at his office in Riyadh with a number of diplomats and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs.
“Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics,” said Al-Jaber. “The hospital has been prepared according to the standards deployed at Al-Jawf Hospital.” He also highlighted education, health care and agriculture projects in Al-Mahrah governorate.
Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island, and that a project to reconstruct the road linking Aden and Sanaa is close to completion and vehicles have begun using parts of it.
“We at SRPY have met with a group of ambassadors from western countries and several activists and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs and briefed them on the Kingdom’s efforts in supporting humanitarian operations in Yemen,” he said.
“We have also briefed them on the initiatives launched by Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led coalition to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen and explained to them the projects currently being implemented by SRPY in several Yemeni governorates, including Al-Jawf, Marib, Hadramout, Al-Mahrah, Socotra and Dhala, and the importance of supporting Yemen’s economy.
“Furthermore, we have presented our future vision for supporting the humanitarian and economic situations as well as development and construction in Yemen for the present and the future.”
The Isnad Center gave a presentation during the meeting about its role in providing humanitarian access to all Yemeni governorates. SRPY briefed participants on its projects and efforts in Yemen, including the Seiyun Hospital in Hadramout, King Salman Medical and Educational City, a dialysis center, a project for building schools, a residential project in Al-Mahrah, two power plants in Socotra, a water-supply project in Al-Ghaydah, a national security and counterterrorism project, and a wheat-planting project in Masila.