Renovated corniche declared open

Updated 03 December 2012

Renovated corniche declared open

Jeddah Mayor’s Office announced the completion of the SR 185 million seafront development project and declared it open yesterday even though maintenance and road pavement works continued in the area.
The corniche, which is decorated by palm trees and lighting poles along the beach, saw thousands of people descend upon the saplings, many of which were destroyed. Other facilities where work continued include public toilets and commercial kiosks, which are yet to be handed over to investors.
The northern sea front development included green spaces, seven fountains on the beach and 24 in the sea, car parking, restaurants, coffee shops and playgrounds for children. The entire area is equipped with ramps for the handicapped. There are several high locations overlooking the sea and zones for swimming, as well as a walkway along the shore. The development project stretches for 8.3 km, starting from Annawras Square in the north to the Border Guard Center in the south. Infrastructure projects of rainwater drainage and sewer networks are also included, as well as power fittings.
An official at the Mayor’s Office said cleaning and removing construction waste, in addition to finalizing the 100 public toilets are the the only works remaining to be completed.
The opening of the waterfront was postponed for a month to finalize the awarding of kiosks and restaurants to investors who will operate them.
On Friday, Mayor Hani Abu Ras ordered the police to take action against young men who vandalized the new beach project.
“Abu Ras was present at the beach project under construction when two joyriding vehicles ran over the newly planted green area and drove on the pedestrian paths and pavement. The mayor blocked their destructive activities by standing in front of one of the vehicles. On seeing the mayor calling police, the joyriders fled the scene,” Galal Khatib, director of projects of the contracting company, told Al-Madinah daily.
However, the mayor had noted down the registration numbers of the cars and handed them to police for necessary action, Khatib said.
The mayor arrived at the place without any previous announcement to view the progress of the work and ensure it would be ready for opening shortly.
Khatib said some people disfigured the seats facing the sea and the garden on an earlier occasion. The street lighting was also damaged by some anti-social elements. On Friday a large number of people including families entered the project area. Another group of youths vandalized the closed toilets from outside. They broke windows, damaged water taps and wrecked the loud speakers meant for prayer calls and announcement of festival events. They also removed some traffic barriers and damaged vehicles of the contracting company, he said.
He added that some people even cooked in the green area and damaged the place seriously.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.