King Salman to patronize first humanitarian forum in Riyadh

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, center, fields questions during a press conference in Riyadh on Thursday. (SPA photo)
Updated 16 February 2018
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King Salman to patronize first humanitarian forum in Riyadh

RIYADH: The inaugural Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum, sponsored by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), will be held under the patronage of King Salman on Feb. 26.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief general supervisor and adviser to the royal court, told a packed press conference at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel that the event was the first of its kind in the Kingdom. It aimed to address changes to the humanitarian landscape and to form practical and efficient responses to reflect changing needs on the ground, he said.
Ashraf Hamouda from the UN World Food Programme and Mohamed Sharif Ahmed from the UNHCR were among those to address the press briefing.
Founded in May 2015 under the guidance of King Salman, Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief has taken a pioneering role in serving the international community in humanitarian projects.
“Saudi Arabia realizes the importance of its role in alleviating human suffering and ensuring that people are given the opportunity to lead a healthy and dignified life,” Al-Rabeeah said, recalling that it has carried out 328 projects in 30 countries.
KSRelief’s 119 humanitarian partners include UN member agencies as well as national and international non-governmental organizations. The main sectors served by the center include food security, health — with a special focus on women and children — nutrition, water, education and sanitation, along with special projects such as the rehabilitation of child soldiers.
Al-Rabeeah said the center was active in refugee rehabilitation programs, which included the construction of a 300-unit residential village in Djibouti to house Yemeni refugees, providing them educational facilities and health care.
He said that the forum was an opportunity to drive meaningful and practical change.
Al-Rabeeah told Arab News that the two-day event would have some 25 sessions and be attended by several heads of UN agencies including the WHO. “Our target audience is national and international organizations, academics and those who are involved in humanitarian activities.”
Representatives from more than 60 international and regional organizations will attend the two-day event.
KSRelief will launch the electronic edition of its international humanitarian journal during the forum.


Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

Updated 20 September 2018
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Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

  • Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week
  • The Grazia Middle East Style Awards will this year take place in Riyadh

RIYADH: Emerging Saudi fashion designers will get a chance to showcase their work alongside internationally renowned peers — including Yahya Couture, Yuliya Yanina and Lama Askari — during the second edition of Saudi Fashion Week, which runs from October 21 to 25, 2018.

The dates were revealed by the event’s founder, Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, who made a statement with her choice of outfit for the official announcement: a black abaya with a traditional Saudi hand embroidered, red design.

The princess, who is the founder of Saudi fashion community and Saudi Fashion Week in Saudi Arabia, said she always dreamed of being part of the fashion industry and is working hard to help the dreams of others come true as well, by supporting local designers,providing them with a platform on which to showcase their creativity, and supplying them with the tools they need to succeed.

“This fashion week is sponsored by the GCA and we want to highlight our Saudi culture,” she said when asked how the second edition will differ from the inaugural event in April 2018. “Every designer is unique and designs in a different way. Our culture is not only about wearing an abaya; it’s what makes you comfortable as a person.

“We have more local names coming out and a program to support emerging designers. This is a platform with which we support Saudi designers, in their country, which they represent.”

However, it also embraces the wider international fashion industry, as well.

“it’s an exchange of cultures. It’s a platform for Saudi and other countries,” said Princess Noura. “When we speak about fashion, it’s a mirror that reflects our culture and modernity.”

To help launch the careers of Saudis who are just starting out in the fashion industry, a “Top emerging Saudi designers” program has been developed, and the country’s fashion community has chosen six designers to participate, some of whom are recentcollege graduates. It will offer them support and give them real-world experience of the fashion industry.

Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week, with three runway shows each day, beginning at 8pm. In addition, a fashion festival featuring pop-up stores will run throughout the event. The Grazia Middle East Style Awards, which is usually held in Dubai, will this year take place in Riyadh on the final day of Saudi Fashion Week.

“I want every designer in Saudi Arabia to not be afraid and to come out and show what they are made of. Be Brave,” added Princess Noura.