Arab Coalition led by KSA receives thanks from Al-Balsam

Updated 27 May 2018
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Arab Coalition led by KSA receives thanks from Al-Balsam

  • Al-Balsam International Organization aims to perform 10 open heart surgeries
  • Saudi Arabia to grant permits to international humanitarian organizations and associations and facilitate their entry into Yemeni territories

JEDDAH: Executive Director of Al-Balsam International Organization Dr. Emad bin Abdullah Bukhari has extended thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Crown Prince for their efforts in facilitating the mission of the humanitarian organization in Yemen.
He appreciated the logistical support provided by the Arab Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia.
During its current visit, Al-Balsam International Organization aims to perform 10 open heart surgeries and 90 interventional therapeutic catheterizations as well as to examine and treat 200 people in radiology clinics and departments.
This came after the positive results achieved by Al-Balsam in the successful treatment of heart patients in Yemen (Mukalla) during May and its conducting many heart surgeries for some patients in need, including (12) open heart surgery and (125) catheterization for adults and adults.
It also came at the request of the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population, based on a request from Nabd El Hayat Center located in the city of Mukalla on the need for urgent surgeries for other numbers of heart patients in need.
The provision of logistical support needed by Al-Balsam International Organization comes as a continuation of the ongoing efforts of the Arab Coalition led by the Kingdom to grant permits to international humanitarian organizations and associations and facilitate their entry into Yemeni territories.
It also comes within the comprehensive humanitarian operations plan of Arab Coalition Forces in Yemen to alleviate Yemeni people’s suffering due to the war being waged against them by Iranian-backed Al-Houthi militias.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.