Dr. Al-Rabeeah meets executive director of Finn Church Aid

General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met Executive Director of Finn Church Aid Jouni Hemberg in Geneva on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 18 December 2019

Dr. Al-Rabeeah meets executive director of Finn Church Aid

GENEVA: General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met Executive Director of Finn Church Aid Jouni Hemberg in Geneva on Monday, on the sidelines of the first Global Refugee Forum.
During the meeting, Dr. Al-Rabeeah gave an overview of the center’s efforts, which includes 45 countries, most notably Yemen. He highlighted the food, accommodation, education and health programs donated by the Kingdom to Yemeni, Syrian and Rohingya people in the Kingdom and other countries.
The meeting discussed opening up cooperation between the center and Finn Church Aid and examined executing joint projects, particularly in the areas of education and women’s empowerment.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah invited the organization to attend the second Global Refugee Forum scheduled to be held next March.
Jouni Hemberg commended KSRelief’s efforts in charitable work globally.


Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

Updated 8 min 10 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s taxis go green

  • The newly implemented system states that vehicles can only become licensed taxis if they have operated for less than five years
  • The taxis will be equipped with smart maps, free Wi-Fi, and a mobile app service that will hail the nearest taxi

JEDDAH: The minister of transport and chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Saleh Al-Jasser, launched a new, modern taxi project at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Wednesday.
As a result of collaboration between the PTA and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), taxis in the Kingdom, as well as gaining a new look and becoming more environmentally friendly, will now be equipped with electronic meter and payment facilities, as well as a supervised fare system.
Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president of the PTA said: “These new taxis are equipped with the latest technologies and features, and are aligned with public transportation systems.”
The launch is only one of numerous developments that aim to improve transportation, raise the quality of service for citizens and residents, and provide job opportunities in the Kingdom, added Al-Rumaih.
The newly implemented system states that vehicles can only become licensed taxis if they have operated for less than five years.
The green vehicles will be monitored and tracked to document quality of service and driver efficiency, equipped with screens that support both Arabic and English speakers in order to calculate fares, host driver information and provide a means to communicate with a command center.
They will be equipped with smart maps, free Wi-Fi, and a mobile app service that will hail the nearest taxi.
The new taxis will be appearing around major city airports, before becoming accessible on a larger scale over time as more taxis are licensed.