KSRelief sends 962 tons of aid to Yemen

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The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) dispatched 926 tons of aid to displaced Yemenis. (AN Photo)
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The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) dispatched 926 tons of aid to displaced Yemenis. (AN Photo)
Updated 28 February 2018
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KSRelief sends 962 tons of aid to Yemen

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Tuesday dispatched 926 tons of aid to displaced Yemenis.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief supervisor and Royal Court adviser, flagged off the convoy of 50 trucks from Riyadh to Yemen.
Other KSRelief senior officials were present at the event, as was Abdulraqeeb Fateh, Yemen’s minister of local administration and chairman of the Higher Relief Committee.
Al-Rabeeah said the supply of humanitarian aid to Yemen comes under King Salman’s directives to look after the needs of the country’s people.
An official from KSRelief’s media department said the convoy includes 208 tons of dates and 126 tons of medical supplies.
The aid is “to benefit some 204,000 people in the governorates of Sanaa, Aden, Marib, Al-Jouf, Al-Baidah and Al-Mahra,” he told Arab News.
Humanitarian assistance has been provided to all parts of Yemen without discrimination, he added.
Saudi Ambassador Mohammed Al-Jabir said the Kingdom has been supplying food, medicine and clothes to distressed Yemenis. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have destroyed peace in Yemen, he added.
The Kingdom has funded Yemen’s Central Bank with $2 billion to boost the economy, Al-Jabir said.
Another $1.5 billion have been given to UN organizations to help distressed Yemenis, he added.
Last week, KSRelief signed six agreements worth $3 million with various organizations in Riyadh to help Yemenis displaced and injured by the Houthis.


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.