Saudi hospitality, potential, infrastructure impress Serie A President Gaetano Micciche

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Serie A president Gaetano Micciche (C) with Arab News' Abdulaziz Al-Aquil. (AN Photo)
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Serie A president Gaetano Micciche (C) with Arab News' Abdulaziz Al-Aquil (R) and columnist Max Ferrari (L). (AN Photo)
Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi hospitality, potential, infrastructure impress Serie A President Gaetano Micciche

  • Speaking exclusively to Arab News, Micciche said it was a "great honor" to be in the Kingdom
  • The Serie A chief also discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

Serie A president Gaetano Micciche (C) with Arab News' Abdulaziz Al-Aquil (R) and columnist Max Ferrari (L). (AN Photo)

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”


Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

Al-Rabeeah praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen. (SPA)
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Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

  • Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program

RIYADH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has highlighted the work of his organization at a symposium during the Medical International Conference held in Santiago.
More than 650 senior doctors and medical practitioners from 57 countries were invited to take part in the conference
Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, and how medical advancement and humanitarian aid provision was at the forefront of the government’s plan to diversify Saudi Arabia.

He raised the example of KSRelief’s handling of multiple cases of conjoined (“Siamese”) twins over the years, and how as a result of investment and research, Saudi doctors had successfully separated 47 pairs.
He also praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen.
He noted that the Kingdom had undertaken a number of initiatives, including a program to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthi militias currently fighting coalition forces in the country, and the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen, which has removed more than 50,000 of the devices so far.
He also highlighted plans to establish an artificial limb center to provide prosthetics for Yemenis who have lost limbs in the conflict.
He concluded his speech by stressing the importance of volunteer work and its major role in supporting the Kingdom’s humanitarian work, praising the efforts of those who sacrificed their time and resources to carry out KSRelief’s objectives.