Saudi Arabia, UNHCR sign agreement to aid Syrian refugees in Lebanon

A Syrian child uses a bucket to bale out water from his tent at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the town of Zahle in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (AFP)
Updated 30 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia, UNHCR sign agreement to aid Syrian refugees in Lebanon

JEDDAH: The Saudi Development Fund and the UN’s refugee agency signed an agreement to cooperate to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
In the agreement with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Saudi fund will contribute $3.5m to implement the second phase of the housing rehabilitation project for the refugees.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”