Jeddah’s southern Corniche ‘lacks services’

Updated 29 January 2013
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Jeddah’s southern Corniche ‘lacks services’

Visitors to Jeddah’s southern Corniche have complained the site lacks services and facilities, and that it is marred of leftovers by visitors and picnickers, with weeds and grass all growing over.
Corniche is a beautiful, natural waterfront picnic area for residents and citizens. However, although it witnesses weekly camping activities, it lacks basic amenities, such as groceries, restaurants and fuel stations. A local newspaper spotted families camping along the coast.
“The southern Corniche is unique, because it is facing the beach directly. It is away from any noise of the city and urban areas, with vast open spaces free of crowds and congestions, unlike that of the Middle Corniche and Obhur. However, it lacks entertainment facilities for children and adults, green spaces, tap water, public utilities and mosques,” said Mazen Al-Harbi, a visitor of the site.
Saad Al-Morky, a fisherman, agreed with Al-Harbi: “In addition to that, the site is rich with fish stock, so we prefer it to other sites.” He pointed out that privileges of the beach were its location near Makkah as well as the possibilities it offers families to swim by the beach while the men go fishing.
Abdullah Al-Sawat, executive director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) branch in Makkah, explained that the department of tourist sites development would provide consultation services for any party wishing to develop tourist sites anywhere across the country, in particular at coasts that attract Makkah citizens. “The commission monitors tourism investment sites to ensure compliance with standards and terms of their categorization,” concluded Al-Sawat.
The southern Corniche is likely to attract even more visitors from Makkah following completion of the new road constructed by the Ministry of Transport, which has contributed to the smoothness of traffic for citizens and visitors commuting between Makkah and Jeddah through Madinah Road.
The new road will make the journey from Makkah to the southern Corniche less than 75 Km, whereas the old route demanded commuters to pass through Jeddah, the Port Bridge, and King Faisal Road to the south. Once constructions are completed, the highway will be linked with the Jeddah-Jazan highway.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah