KSRelief clinics step up Yemen health efforts

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Updated 21 June 2020

KSRelief clinics step up Yemen health efforts

  • The projects are part of humanitarian and relief efforts by the Kingdom to improve Yemenis’ living conditions during the humanitarian crisis

HAJJAH: Health clinics operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) treated more than 400 people in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate in the past week.
The clinics, run in partnership with the Taiba Foundation for Development, provide medical treatment and health care services in the region.
KSRelief is also continuing water supply and environmental sanitation projects to help families in the Hodeidah governorate’s Khokha district.
From June 4-10, projects supplied 357,000 liters of drinking water and 392,000 liters of water for other uses, benefiting thousands of people.
KSRelief also transported waste and wastewater from refugee camps, carried out tank maintenance, and began spraying campaigns to combat the coronavirus.
The center also distributed 165 food baskets in flood-affected Aden in cooperation with the Al-Khair Charity Coalition for Humanitarian Relief. More than 990 people benefited from the aid.  The projects are part of humanitarian and relief efforts by the Kingdom to improve Yemenis’ living conditions during the humanitarian crisis. 


$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

Updated 06 July 2020

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

  • Saudi capital’s planning chief unveils ambitious strategy ahead of G20 urban development summit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is launching a SR3 trillion ($800 billion) plan to double the size of Riyadh in the next decade and transform it into an economic, social and cultural hub for the region.

The ambitious strategy for the capital city was unveiled by Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh, ahead of key meetings of the U20, the arm of the G20 leaders’ summit that deals with urban development and strategy.

“Riyadh is already a very important economic engine for the Kingdom, and although it’s already very successful, the plan now, under Vision 2030, is to actually take that way further, to double the population to 15 million people,” he told Arab News.

“We’ve already launched 18 megaprojects in the city, worth over SR1 trillion, over $250 billion, to both improve livability and deliver much higher economic growth so we can create jobs and double the population in 10 years. It’s a significant plan and the whole city is working to make sure this happens.”

About $250 billion in investment is expected from the private sector, with the same amount generated by increased economic activity from population growth, finance and banking, cultural and desert tourism, and leisure events.

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  • 18 megaprojects have already been launched worth over $250 billion.
  • 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years.
  • King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London.

“We must also ensure the growth is managed properly, so there will be a focus on transport and logistics, including the Riyadh metro which will open at the beginning of next year. The aim is to increase productivity,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plan involves the creation of a “mega industrial zone” focusing on advanced technology such as renewables and automation, and biotechnology and aquaponics. Another key feature is sustainability, with energy conservation, the circular carbon economy with its emphasis on reducing emissions, and water management, all priorities.

“You will see 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years, and King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London,” Al-Rasheed said.

The city also aims to be a Middle East artistic and cultural hub. An opera house is being considered, as well as public art shows with 1,000 works commissioned from around the world. “We have not seen anything like it since Renaissance Florence,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plans will be discussed this week during online meetings of the U20 linking Riyadh with Houston. The Texas oil capital is suffering a new spike in coronavirus cases and pandemics will be on the agenda. “We want to deal with this one, but also be ready for the next one,” Al-Rasheed said.