Saudi Arabia offers France support after Notre Dame blaze

The huge blaze tore through the historic cathedral in Paris on Monday. (AP)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers France support after Notre Dame blaze

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has expressed the Kingdom's support for France and its people after the huge fire that gutted Notre Dame.

A huge blaze tore through the historic cathedral in Paris on Monday. The building is widely regarded as the soul of France.

The statement from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry was the latest international gesture towards France after the devastating fire.

On Wednesday evening, Cathedral bells rang out across France at the exact time the blaze struck the 850-year-old gothic masterpiece.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that architects would be invited to submit designs to replace the collapsed spire.
Investigators, meanwhile, were given their first access to the top of the cathedral to begin their probe into the cause of the blaze.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh