KSRelief builds homes for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti

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Updated 19 January 2018
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KSRelief builds homes for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has accomplished 85 percent of its project to establish 300 housing units tailored to the needs of Yemeni refugees in Abkh camp in Djibouti.

The project was signed several months ago with a specialized company.

The project consists of air-conditioned residential units, including health and educational facilities serving approximately 2,000 Yemeni refugees living in Abkh camp, and is aimed at alleviating their humanitarian suffering in their environment.

The weather is very difficult especially in the summer, so KSRelief is keen to ensure that the housing is suitable for the conditions.

KSRelief has not only provided this project to Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, but also several other projects, including the distribution of food baskets to refugees in Djibouti, provision of potable water and the establishment of specialized medical clinics benefiting the Yemeni refugee and the Djibouti citizen.

The center is keen to meet the basic requirements of more than 2,000 Yemeni refugees to ensure a decent life for them.


Ramadan fun activities reflect on Saudi Arabia’s potential

Cirque du Soleil has reportedly signed a deal to perform in the Kingdom. Cirque du Soleil
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Ramadan fun activities reflect on Saudi Arabia’s potential

  • Investors is increasing, although the sector is still experimenting
  • Creating an aqua park and three funfairs and the creation of an art and culture island in Jeddah

RIYADH: The holy month of Ramadan is one of the platforms used to reinforce morals, ethics, and Islamic values through practicing rituals.

However, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has been shouldering the responsibility to deliver and reinforce these values in its own way by supporting events across the Kingdom that introduce children and teenagers to the Kingdom’s culture, customs and traditions.
The huge number of events can surely play a role in helping more local and international investors to step into the market. Arab News met Abdulrahman Al-Khalifa, GEA media and communications manager, to discuss the potential this market has and the challenges it faces.
He explained that while the authority supports organization of events, not all receive financial backing.
“We can finance up to 30 percent  of events taking place in the Kingdom for the first time; the financial support is usually given to the most creative events. We are selective about the types of events we finance,” he said.
The GEA is building the industry to make it appealing to local and international investors.
Al-Khalifa added that the GEA’s main aim is to create competitiveness, raise standards and keep ticket prices at a suitable level for both investors and visitors.
“We do not directly control the pricing rate; however, we provide the investors and organizers with our consultations.”
It has set a target of running 5,500 events across the Kingdom’s 13 governorates during 2018.  
Currently, the number of investors is increasing, although the sector is still experimenting. The potential is extremely high, especially after the unveiling of the “Quality of Life 2020” program, aiming to enhance lifestyles for everyone in the Kingdom by 2020. This includes the establishment of one opera house and 16 theaters, opening 45 cinemas and 16 entertainment centers, creating an aqua park and three funfairs and the creation of an art and culture island in Jeddah.
Al-Khalifa added that the door is open for international investors. With the cooperation with General Investment Authority, high-profile meetings were held with entertainment investors and big companies’ CEOs in the US during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit.  And 350 international investors attended a summit in Los Angeles to hear more about opportunities in the Kingdom.
Five agreements were signed during the summit, including for a Cirque du Soleil performance, cooperation with Feld Entertainment Inc. to produce and conduct live shows, as well as Disney live shows. Cooperation with National Geographic will result in 10 virtual reality cities by 2019.

“Foreign investment will surely help with job creation for Saudi youth throughout the process of preparation, operation and execution, helping all parties to conduct win-win business,” he said.