Saudi Arabia's Disabled Children’s Association continues campaign to complete ‘Khair Makkah’ project

Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) continues its efforts to complete its charity investment project “Khair Makkah”. (Photo courtesy of Saudi Projects)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia's Disabled Children’s Association continues campaign to complete ‘Khair Makkah’ project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) continues its efforts to complete its charity investment project “Khair Makkah,” located within the the borders of the Grand Mosque in Makkah’s Al-Naseem district.
DCA works to help maximize the quality of life for disabled children in Saudi Arabia.
The association explained that the first phase of this philanthropic project, which is expected to be completed next year, will cost SR180 million and will include two towers constructed over an area of 5,700 square meters.
The revenues from the rentals of both towers are expected to cover the expenses of two out of 11 service centers spread across the Kingdom to benefit handicapped children in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif , Madinah, Assir, Hail, Al-Jawf, Al-Ras and Jazan.
Almost 80% of the construction work of the first phase has been completed and is expected to be submitted by mid next year. The project’s revenues, expected to be 5%, will cover the expenses of several disabled children care centers.
DCA is encouraging philanthropists to participate in completing this mega project on its deadline by sending text messages for donations to number 5050.
It will provide a permanent source of support for operation expenses and other free specialized services for around 4,000 children yearly, especially in light of the remarkable growth in its annual operating budget, which reached SR120 million.
According to the association, the total amount of sukuk for the “Khair Makkah” project amounted to about SR180,000, 147,000 of which were subscribed, while 33,000 are remaining sukuk. The value of one Suk is SR1,000. A further SR33 million is needed to complete the project.


Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Updated 17 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

  • “The Kingdom is keen on preserving its relations with the United States of America, and will continue to work towards improving these ties in all areas”
  • Saudi Arabia continues its efforts towards achieving a political solution in Yemen

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US.
The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read.
Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”
The statement also talked of the Kingdom’s vital strategic influence in the region and beyond.
“The Kingdom also emphasizes that such a position will not affect its leading role in the region, in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and internationally. The Kingdom has and will continue to fulfill its pivotal role in the Arab and Muslim Worlds, as it holds a special place for Muslims around the world.  Such a status has made the Kingdom a pillar of stability in the Middle East and the world, and a cornerstone for the efforts to achieve peace and security regionally and globally.” 
Saudi Arabia also enjoys a leading role in supporting the stability of international energy markets through maintaining a balance that serves both producers and consumers, the statement said.
On the fight against terror, the Kingdom has “made a great impact in the demise of terrorist organizations such as Daesh, Al-Qaida and others, saving many innocent lives around the world.  These contributions included the formation and leadership of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, and the effective participation in the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.”
The statement also said that the Kingdom steadfastly stood by the United States of America in confronting Iran’s malign activities and continues its efforts towards achieving a political solution, by the Yemeni parties, to the situation in Yemen based on UNSC resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue, including the efforts by the United Nations Special Envoy that led, with the support of the Kingdom, to the agreements that were announced recently in Sweden.
And on the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen: “The Kingdom considers the humanitarian situation in Yemen a priority and it provides, through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, significant aid to the Yemeni people in all areas of Yemen. The Kingdom cooperates with relevant international organizations and bodies to deliver aid to people in need,” the statement read.
The statement also said the “murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions.  Accordingly, the Kingdom reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the Kingdom.”
And on the longstanding Saudi-US relationship: “The Kingdom is keen on preserving its relations with the United States of America, and will continue to work towards improving these ties in all areas. The Kingdom appreciates the prudent position taken by the United States Government and its institutions regarding the recent developments, as it realizes that this position by the US Senate sends the wrong messages to all those who want to cause a rift in Saudi-US relationship. The Kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates in the United States of America, to avoid any ramifications on the ties between the two countries that could have significant negative impacts on this important strategic relationship,” said the statement.