Second Saudi airlift aids Khartoum flood victims

A KSRelief team has crossed the Nile to assess the damage inflicted on the village of Wad Ramli in Al-Gyly, some 60 kilometers north of Khartoum. (SPA)
Updated 05 September 2019

Second Saudi airlift aids Khartoum flood victims

  • KSRelief’s global projects help millions in affected countries

KHARTOUM: The second Saudi airlift to Sudan in the wake of heavy rains and flooding has arrived in the capital Khartoum. The initiative, being carried out under the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will see around 112 tons of relief items being delivered to the worst-hit areas.
The consignment was accompanied by a specialized King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) team to supervise distribution operations, bringing the total aid to 227 tons. In the first consignment, 115 tons of relief items were delivered to the worst-hit areas.
Meanwhile, KSRelief’s general supervisor, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met with representatives of a number of international humanitarian organizations in Riyadh on Thursday.
During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments of joint projects between KSrelief and organizations in various countries and ways of enhancing them.
Al-Rabeeah also met British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Al-Rabeeah gave an account on the assistance being provided by KSRelief to affected countries around the world, especially Yemen.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) extracted 1,077 mines in Yemen during the last week of August.
So far, Masam — an initiative of KSRelief — has extracted 84,825 mines in Yemen.

Strategic planning
KSRelief also organized a workshop in Riyadh on “Humanitarian Needs Assessment,” in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses.
Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has sent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. Since 2014, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.


Mustafa Al-Mahdi, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Mustafa Al-Mahdi
Updated 7 min 38 sec ago

Mustafa Al-Mahdi, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Mustafa Al-Mahdi has been the CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu since October 2018.
Al-Mahdi did his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 1986. He continued doing different professional courses and certification programs from different countries around the world to keep himself abreast of the latest developments in his profession.
Al-Mahdi began his professional life at the Saudi Arabian Marketing and Refining Co, (SAMAREC). After a brief stint at SAMAREC, he joined the oil giant Saudi Aramco in 1993 as a coordinator at the Saudi Strategic Storage Division.
He climbed the corporate ladder at Aramco and served in key positions in different departments of the energy company.  In September 2013, he left Aramco as manager of the company’s Yanbu Refinery.
Subsequently, he freelanced as a business strategy consultant before his appointment as the chief executive officer at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. He is also member of the board of directors at Marafiq.
On Monday, Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed called on Al-Mahdi in Jubail. They discussed aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and India. They reviewed ways to boost cooperation in the industrial sector.