‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

Updated 12 July 2015

‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

JEDDAH: Continuous efforts to change events and activities to suit the taste of visitors has made the Jeddah Summer Festival an attraction for not only local visitors, but also international tourists since it was launched 17 years ago, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed has said.

The prince, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of festival, was speaking on the occasion of the Kingdom’s achievement as emerging fifth in the report of the travel and tourism competitiveness 2015, and the 64th globally.
Jeddah Summer Festival was described as the first summer festival at the level of the Kingdom’s regions and the Middle East countries that worked on rooting the integrated teamwork and consolidating the efforts of all government and private sectors to provide the Saudi tourism product in its rich identity and traditions.
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary General Adnan bin Hussein Mandoura said the economic sector, encompassing the tourism sector, is one of the largest beneficiaries of such festivals.
He expected the Jeddah festival to realize significant distinction through the cooperation of all parties concerned. “All implementing bodies will ensure the success of the festival in this year’s edition.”
Mandurah said the festival will work toward further developing its programs and activities to be the strongest and longest festival, extending for 30 days right after the second day of Eid Al-Fitr. The festival will be preceded by an advertising campaign worth up to SR10 million.
Hassan Dahlan, deputy secretary-general of JCCI, said the festival will involve over 120 recreational, marketing and cultural activities.

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.