US universities honor Saudi students who died trying to rescue kids

Cousins Theeb Al-Yami, 27, and Jaser Al-Rakah, 25, died trying to rescue children from the Chicopee River. (Supplied)
Updated 15 September 2018
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US universities honor Saudi students who died trying to rescue kids

  • They were honored for their heroism and bravery during a ceremony at the latter university on September 14

WASHINGTON: Two Saudi students who died trying to save two young children from drowning have been awarded posthumous honorary degrees from the universities they were attending.
Cousins Theeb Al-Yami, 27, and Jasser Al-Rakah, 25, were studying in the United States when they joined several other people in an effort to rescue the youngsters, who were in distress in the Chicopee river in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, on June 29, 2018. The children managed to reach safety but the two students were swept away and drowned. They died just a month before they were due to graduate.
Al-Yami was awarded a bachelor’s degree in engineering by the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and Al-Rakah a degree in civil engineering from Western New England University in Massachusetts.
They were honored for their heroism and bravery during a ceremony at the latter university on September 14, which was attended by members of their families, the Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States Sami Al-Sadhan, the cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa, the Consul General in New York Khalid Al-Sharif, professors from the universities and representatives of the local Islamic community.
Dr. Anthony Caprio, the president of Western New England University, expressed the appreciation of the university and the academic community for the heroism of the Saudi students.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”