KSA shelters 1 million Yemeni refugees

Updated 30 November 2015
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KSA shelters 1 million Yemeni refugees

JEDDAH: Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin recently warned that Yemen may be on the brink of social collapse after recent insurgency acts, a local newspaper reported.
Yassin said that future Iranian attempts to interfere in the country might involve trying to “create a state inside another state,” and could force a situation similar to the model of Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Yassin also revealed that more than 1 million Yemeni nationals have sought refuge in Saudi Arabia since the Houthi coup.
“Yemenis feel that they are comfortable in the Kingdom, and that their dignity can be maintained here. Meanwhile, Europe has made a big buzz around the world for its inability to accommodate 150,000 Syrian refugees,” said the minister.
“Yemen, after the victory achieved in the Gold Arrow Operation and the progress toward regaining all of the governorates and provinces, will still have to consider seriously how to closely and strategically reconnect with the Gulf states. There must be some mechanisms put in place to link Yemen with its neighboring states. If Yemen is left to only dream about joining the Gulf Cooperation Council, it will suffer major political or economical problems, and could even go bankrupt,” he said.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.