GCC, US, UK seek Yemen peace, stability

Pro-government fighters gather at al-Dhabab area after they took it from Houthi fighters outside the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen on Sunday. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 August 2016
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GCC, US, UK seek Yemen peace, stability

RIYADH: A high-profile meeting to be attended by GCC foreign ministers, US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Minister for Middle East and Africa Tobias Ellwood in Jeddah on Thursday will focus on efforts to restore peace and stability in Yemen.
Kerry will arrive in Jeddah on Wednesday after wrapping us his visits to Kenya and Nigeria.
“Secretary Kerry will hold a series of meetings with senior Saudi leaders and his counterparts from the GCC, the UK and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Lincoln Frager, said a spokesman of the US Embassy, here Monday.
He said: “Kerry’s discussion will focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and efforts to restore peace and security.”
Nicola Woodget, spokeswoman of the British Embassy, said: “This will be Ellwood’s second trip to Saudi Arabia and he will also have a meeting with Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.”
The meeting is likely to gain strength from Russian remarks supporting the legitimacy of the Yemeni president.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Sunday that the government of his country supports the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and rejects the coup carried out by the Houthi rebel movement that led to the exile of Hadi.
During his visit to the Kingdom on Sunday, Bogdanov said that the Russian position is in harmony with that of Yemen regarding the support provided to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in order to achieve peace in that Arab country.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.