UNHCR praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts for refugees

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of KSRelief, and Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Regional Representative to the GCC Countries at a press conference. (File photo / UNHCR)
Updated 25 September 2018
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UNHCR praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts for refugees

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s approach to refugees is a model of linking Islamic values and humanitarian action, a UN official said on Monday.
Khaled Khalifa, the UN Refugee Agency’s Regional Representative to the GCC Countries, used the Kingdom’s 88th National Day to outline several humanitarian achievements in the country, SPA reported.
Saudi Arabia has contributed more than SR1 billion ($270 million) in the last 10 years to UNHCR, Khalifa said.
This year, Saudi Arabia’s total contribution to UNHCR’s programs totalled SR216 million, making the Kingdom among the top donors in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Khalifa said that the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSRelief) is one of the most important partners of UNHCR, which has provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world during the current year, providing basic relief materials for internally displaced people in Yemen, and emergency support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Also, earlier this month KSRelief has provided direct life-saving assistance to Syrian refugees suffering from kidney failure, by allowing hundreds to receive treatment in Jordan and Lebanon.


Saudi Arabia to host Global Aviation Summit 2019

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Saudi Arabia to host Global Aviation Summit 2019

  • The summit will review the plans of the civil aviation sector in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030
RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the Global Aviation Summit 2019 in April under the patronage of King Salman.
Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Nabil Al-Amoudi expressed his gratitude to the king for his support of the aviation sector and the summit, to be held on April 1 and 2 at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh.
“This continuous attention contributed to enhancing the role of the Kingdom on a global level in the field of air transport,” the GACA chairman told Arab News.
Al-Amoudi said that the summit was one of the most important international events in air transport as it represented an opportunity to share knowledge on future policies, regulation and investment opportunities, as well as discussing the security and safety of the civil aviation system.
The summit will review the plans of the civil aviation sector in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. It will also provide a chance to highlight the participation of women in civil aviation and their contributions in developing this vital sector, he said.
The summit was a platform to discuss best international practices, the most important of which were in safety and security, environmental protection and innovation in aviation technology.