Saudi aid agency making efforts to help war-hit Syrians

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The center is supporting agricultural projects in northern Aleppo by distributing diesel fuel for irrigation pumps and farms. (SPA)
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The center is supporting agricultural projects in northern Aleppo by distributing diesel fuel for irrigation pumps and farms. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi aid agency making efforts to help war-hit Syrians

  • The project aims to improve living conditions by providing decent housing

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed on Saturday recreational bags, including various games, to 100,000 Syrian students in a number of areas and villages in Syria’s Aleppo governorate.
KSRelief distributes more than 87,000 bread loaves daily among Syrians displaced by war in the country.
The center has also launched a project to improve public utilities in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
KSRelief has begun renovating and repairing 495 houses, two shelters and 16 recreation centers in the Syrian governorate.
The project aims to improve living conditions by providing decent housing. The center is also supporting agricultural projects in northern Aleppo by distributing diesel fuel for irrigation pumps and farms.
During September, 91,260 liters of diesel was distributed to irrigation pumps in 426 agricultural farms, covering an area of 9,126 sq. km in 33 villages. The distribution will continue on a monthly basis to ensure the irrigation of crops.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.