King Salman center implements projects in Syria, Yemen

KSRelief also distributed humanitarian aid, including food and clothes, to 618 widows in Yemen’s Hadramout governorate. (SPA)
Updated 11 October 2018
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King Salman center implements projects in Syria, Yemen

  • KSRelief provided 50,000 Syrian children in 500 schools with bags containing school supplies and stationery

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has implemented projects in Syria and Yemen.

KSRelief provided 50,000 Syrian children in 500 schools with bags containing school supplies and stationery.

It also provided training courses for 525 male and female teachers and administrative staff, and held awareness campaigns to encourage children to return to school.

Meanwhile, KSRelief-funded food baskets were distributed in the Yemeni districts of Al-Houta and Tuban via the World Food Programme (WFP). 

The number of beneficiaries in Tuban was 5,416, and 1,762 in Al-Houta. Residents of the districts thanked KSRelief for its support in alleviating their suffering.

KSRelief also distributed humanitarian aid, including food and clothes, to 618 widows in Yemen’s Hadramout governorate. KSRelief has so far implemented 286 humanitarian projects in Yemen. 


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.