Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 18 February 2019

Saudi Arabia provided $13bn in support to Yemen since 2014: Arab coalition

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has provided more than $13 billion in support to Yemen since 2014, the Arab coalition said on Monday.

“We are providing political and humanitarian relief efforts to support the Yemeni people in addition to combating terrorism in Yemen,” coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Speaking in Riyadh, Al-Maliki gave details about a series of successful military operations throughout Yemen. He said specific military operations were continuing in Hadramout province, Saada and other Yemeni areas. The coalition “continues to support the ground operations of the Yemeni National Army toward Maran.”
He also said the Iranian-backed Houthi militia have breached the Stockholm agreement more than 1,400 times, reiterating that the Houthi militia continue to fire ballistic missiles and plant land and sea mines and using Yemeni civilians as human shields.
Al-Maliki said the “coup” and the absence of a legitimate government had led to the rise of terrorist organizations in Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis had attempted to camouflage ballistic missile launch pads and he presented several videos and photographs of military operations targeting the militants. He also presented examples of Iranian-made weapons used by the Houthis.
The Houthis have lost about 1,000 fighters during the past two weeks, according to the coalition.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.