Overseas aid from Saudi Arabia must go through KSRelief, spokesman reiterates

A royal order stipulates that any donations for humanitarian or charitable overseas aid —  whether from government or civilian sources — must be made through KSRelief. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

Overseas aid from Saudi Arabia must go through KSRelief, spokesman reiterates

  • Dr. Samer Al-Jetaily stressed that the reasons behind the ruling are to prevent people from falling foul of laws covering suspicious activities
  • Al-Jetaily added that the center has set up an online platform to receive donations — donate.ksrelief.org

RIYADH: Dr. Samer Al-Jetaily, the spokesman of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), said that fundraising efforts for overseas aid by other communities, institutions or associations based in the Kingdom contravene the royal order stipulating that any donations for humanitarian or charitable overseas aid —  whether from government or civilian sources — must be made through KSRelief.

Al-Jetaily stressed that the reasons behind this ruling are to prevent people from falling foul of laws covering suspicious activities, including money laundering and the funding of terror groups, and called on people not to respond to promotions online calling for donations to other organizations. KSRelief, he said, is focused on delivering aid to the needy abroad with complete transparency in accordance with domestic and international standards.

He added that the center has set up an online platform to receive donations — donate.ksrelief.org — and that donations can also be made via text message, on all mobile networks in the Kingdom, to the number 5565.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.