UN lauds Saudi Arabia’s ‘model’ refugee aid programs around world

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets UNHCR's Khaled Khalifa and his delegation in Riyadh. (Supplied photo)
Updated 17 May 2019
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UN lauds Saudi Arabia’s ‘model’ refugee aid programs around world

  • UNHCR’s representative cites KSRelief as one of its most important partners
  • Khalifa said he was looking forward to consolidating strategic relations between the two sides

RIYADH: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has lauded Saudi Arabia for its life-saving refugee aid programs throughout the world.
Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR regional representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, heaped praise on the Kingdom during a meeting with Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
During their talks, held at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh, Khalifa thanked the center for its cooperation with the UNHCR in helping to improve conditions for hundreds of thousands of refugees.
In a statement, KSRelief told Arab News that the two officials discussed the center’s work in a number of crisis-hit countries, particularly Yemen, and reviewed the Kingdom’s additional efforts to relieve the suffering of Yemeni, Rohingya and Syrian refugees through joint executive projects with the UNHCR.
Khalifa said he was looking forward to consolidating strategic relations between the two sides and described Saudi Arabia’s approach to refugees as a model for the linking of Islamic values and humanitarian action.
He added that KSRelief was one of the UNHCR’s most important partners, providing basic relief materials for internally displaced people in Yemen, and emergency support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Separately, on Thursday, the center announced that KSRelief had recently distributed tens of thousands of food baskets to Syrian refugees living in the Zaatari and Al-Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR.
KSRelief has also delivered seven truckloads of dialysis medicines to the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population for use in dialysis centers throughout the war-torn country. 


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.