Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) holds joint press conference with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

RIYADH: Humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
He said the coalition members strongly support entry of humanitarian aid into Yemen and reject exploitation of this issue for political gains.
He was addressing a joint press conference held at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Al-Rabeeah called on the UN and the international community to act against Houthis and put an end to their violation of international laws, which the Iranian-backed group commits by hindering the safe passage of humanitarian aid to civilians.
Highlighting the strong historical bonds between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he said members of the Arab coalition, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have made provision of humanitarian aid to Yemen their top priority.
Members of the coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen against the Houthi militias has so far donated $18 billion in aid to help Yemen over three years, KSRelief chief said.
He said the coalition is making efforts in coordination with different UN agencies to provide relief to the Yemenis.
In response to UN reports about worsening food security in Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $500 million that will help around 13 million Yemenis in the coming months.
He also lauded the UN for taking measures in coordination with KSRelief to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis.
The UN official praised the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen. Lowcock said six million Yemenis receive humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia through KSRelief.
The center, he added, also contributed to the provision of food and drinking water to Yemeni civilians.
He said the UN hopes to play a constructive role in reaching an amicable agreement over Yemen’s Hodeidah Port.
Lowcock expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and other countries and international organizations for their great role in supporting humanitarian work in Yemen.


Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 21 September 2019

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.