KSRelief treats 705 patients in Syrian refugee camp

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Updated 24 June 2020

KSRelief treats 705 patients in Syrian refugee camp

AMMAN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues to provide health care services to the Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp.
On Tuesday, the center’s clinics attended to 705 patients with various health issues. The general medicine clinics received 184 patients the internal clinic provided consultation to 73 patients with diabetes, hypertension and asthma.
The clinics in the camp are just a small part of the humanitarian aid that KSRelief provides to Syrian refugees on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
KSRelief has implemented 1,295 projects worth $4.4 billion throughout the world.
The initiatives have been carried out in cooperation with 144 local, regional and international partners since the inception of the center in May 2015.
Saudi Arabia has been ranked fifth in the world, and first in the Arab world, for provision of humanitarian aid. Since its inception in 2015, KSRelief has implemented 1,255 projects in 49 countries at a total cost of $4.37 billion.
 


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

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$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.