KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

Updated 16 July 2018
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KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

NEW YORK: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) participated in a high-level political forum on sustainable development in a session entitled “Saudi Aid Platform” in New York at the United Nations.
Assistant General Supervisor of KSRelief Center for Planning and Development Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi briefed a summary on the Saudi aid platform, saying that it is an electronic platform built through a team of statisticians and IT experts working in archiving and documenting the humanitarian and development projects.
He said that the center’s work amounted to 439 projects implemented through 124 partners in the amount of $1,826,962,993 in various sectors, pointing out that the Kingdom is the top humanitarian donor for Yemen in 2018, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
He spoke about the new humanitarian project “Masam” to dismantle mines in Yemen, which pose dangers to civilians as the Houthis plant them near residential areas, killing thousands and causing permanent disabilities to many others.
Al-Ghamdi went on to review the electronic platform for Saudi aid, created by IT experts via the KSRelief and launched under the patronage of King Salman. Donor groups in Saudi Arabia were trained to document their humanitarian projects on the portal. The first phase of the project documents activities between 2007 to 2017, while the second focuses on all activities from 1996 to 2006 and the third stage is concerned with activities before 1995.
The center, alongside relevant state institutions, have completed the monitoring of the first phase in both fts and dac oecd. It showed that during the first phase, an amount of 33.29 billion dollars were spent as 1196 projects in 78 countries were carried out, while the number of contributions reached 489 with a total amount of USD 929,711,258.


Formula E drivers ‘enjoy’ Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage

Updated 14 December 2018
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Formula E drivers ‘enjoy’ Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage

  • Formula E drivers explored Saudi Arabia and the local community
  • After visiting the UNESCO World Site of Ad Diriyah which is home to the new race track, drivers also visited Masmak Fort

Formula E drivers explored Saudi Arabia and the local community as the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix festivities took place.

After visiting the UNESCO World Site of Ad Diriyah which is home to the new race track, drivers also visited Masmak Fort, built in 1865.

Oliver Turvey, from the United Kingdom was part of a trio of drivers from team NIO who on Thursday took the opportunity to learn more about the fort’s heritage and history. He also took the time to look ahead to the big race, which makes Formula E’s debut in the Middle East. 

“I am really enjoying being here in a different culture. We want to show that electric cars are fast and strong,” he said. 

Teammate Tom Dilmann was already anticipating Saturday’s action.

“The track looks exciting, I’m really looking forward to it and am very excited for the race. Showing that we can race electric cars in the city, the future is here,” he said.

Jammy Chadwick, also from the UK, will be part of racing history in Saudi Arabia when she joins several other women on the starting grid of a ‘Rookie Test’ to discover new Formula E talent.

“This will be my first proper official test this Sunday, it’s a huge opportunity for me to learn and try the experience. It’s a positive message to have female drivers competing for the first time in Saudi, it sends a clear message of welcoming to everyone,” she said.

It was back to the future for drivers from the Mahindra Racing as they warmed up for the big race of Saturday taking on local competition, in the form of excited school children, at the Doos Karting Track in Riyadh.

They were cheered on by Prince Khalid bin Sultan, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, who joined the fun.

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld were put through their paces by children from King Faisal elementary and Trbiyah Namouthajiyah Schools.

Noura AL Shebani, 12, and Fahad Al Shenefi, 8, had the “time of their lives” racing against the Formula E drivers.

“If I had a little bit more time I could have won,” Noura told the race drivers after the race.

Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio said: “We always have a wonderful and fun time karting. It reminds us of when we were young. Karting is almost how all racing drivers start, and we enjoy every opportunity like this one to just have fun.”

Meanwhile, Swedish driver Rosenqvist loved that the go-karts were electric, in keeping with the rather much bigger race about to unfold on Saturday.

He said: “Even at this level you can feel the instant power when coming out of a turn unlike Go Karts with combustion engines. It’s also better because when you can have indoor tracks which are very convenient in Saudi.”