Saudi Arabia to begin construction on NEOM project in a few months

NEOM Chief Executive Officer Nadhmi Al-Nasr. (SPA)
Updated 14 April 2019

Saudi Arabia to begin construction on NEOM project in a few months

  • NEOM is a Saudi project for a smart and tourist cross-border city
  • Project has announced a partnership with MISK

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will soon begin construction work at NEOM, one of the flagship projects of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, NEOM city's chief executive officer said on Saturday.

"In the coming few months the team will start the construction process, which will be followed by important and sensitive stages," Nadhmi Al-Nasr said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Al-Nasr spoke after the "DREAM NEOM" competition, which was carried out in collaboration between NEOM and MISK Foundation on Friday.

He pointed out that the NEOM and MISK initiative was the first of many to attract Saudis who are capable of being an integral part of the construction process of this dream city.

He said the partnership between NEOM and MISK will not be the last, but will be carried on a long-term because they have the same goal, where there will be major initiatives that will surprise the citizens in the coming days.

Al-Nasr expressed his happiness with the achievements of the DREAM NEOM competition, pointing out that all the submitted projects will be counted and employed in the right environment. 

He added that the project is not looking for ideas outside the box, but for creative and unique ones.

Three Saudi youth teams have won the first awards from the Fellowship and Traineeship in DEAM NEOM competition, where the three teams presented smart solutions to meet the challenges that may face future cities in the fields of renewable energy, sea transportation and special needs services.

The winners of the first place received SR 250,000, the second place received SR 100,000 and the third SR 50,000, in addition to adopting their projects in NEOM city in the future.

KSRelief to distribute Eid gifts among orphans in Yemen

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KSRelief to distribute Eid gifts among orphans in Yemen

  • The center is carrying out a series of such programs to support orphans around the world

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed an agreement on Tuesday to implement a project entitled “Their Happiness is Our Hope”, which will provide Eid kiswa (gifts) to orphans in war-hit Yemen.

“KSRelief signed an agreement with the Al-Khair Charity for Humanitarian Relief to carry out the project for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha festival,” Nasser Al-Nafe, a KSRelief spokesman told Arab News.

The agreement was signed by KSrelief’s assistant supervisor general (Operations and Programs), Ahmed Al-Baiz.

Fahad Al-Osaimy, head of KSRelief’s Urgent Aid Department, said Eid gifts will be distributed to 84,750 beneficiaries, including orphans in the governorates of Aden, Hadhramaut, Lahij, Hodeidah, Mahrah, Ma’rib, Shabwah, Abyan, Taiz and Ad Dali.

The center is carrying out a series of such programs to support orphans around the world.

This initiative is just one of many humanitarian projects implemented by KSRelief in Yemen, he said.

Meanwhile, the center’s landmine clearance project (Masam) continues to deactivate explosive devices in Yemen.

During the first week of July, teams deactivated a total of 1,092 explosive devices, including 3 anti-personnel mines, 298 anti-vehicle mines, 17 improvised explosive devices and 774 pieces of unexploded ordnance.

Since the project began in June 2018, the Masam teams have deactivated a total of 172,823 mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthis.

Houthi militants have deployed more than 1 million explosive devices in populated areas throughout Yemen during the conflict, according to the center.

These devices have killed or seriously injured many innocent civilians and remain a serious threat to safety and security in Yemen.