Generous support from Saudi Arabia begins to implement large-scale maintenance projects: UNRWA

Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA speaks during a press conference at the UNRWA headquarters in Amman. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 14 April 2019
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Generous support from Saudi Arabia begins to implement large-scale maintenance projects: UNRWA

JEDDAH: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), with the support of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development, has embarked on a number of extensive maintenance projects, involving 268 schools and health centers in Syria, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
In a statement, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl praised the support from the Kingdom, noting that many of the agency’s buildings needed maintenance.
“Saudi Arabia is currently the third largest donor to UNRWA. It has donated $800 million since 1994, which is a clear signal of support for Palestinian refugees and their dignity and well-being,” he said.
Regular maintenance and upgrading of UNRWA facilities are key to the health and safety of children, men and women attending schools and health centers, he added.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.