Saudi project to improve livelihoods of young Yemenis

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Updated 15 January 2022

Saudi project to improve livelihoods of young Yemenis

Saudi humanitarian aid project to improve livelihoods of young Yemenis. (SPA)
  • This project is part of a series of humanitarian and relief projects offered by Saudi Arabia, through KSrelief

ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center recently inaugurated a project in Yemen's Aden governorate to support and empower young people and to improve their livelihoods.

The project includes giving them technical and artisanal skills to improve their quality of life and boost their economic recovery, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

This will be achieved through vocational training programs for the most needed fields in the labor market: Electrical wiring, mobile phone maintenance, refrigeration, air conditioning, sewing, embroidery, pastry, car and bike maintenance, photography and montage.

It will also be achieved by improving their skills in the fields of marketing and small business management, in addition to offering participants full grants that allow them to establish their own business and enter the labor market.

So far, the project has helped 1,250 young people and 7,500 families in the governorates of Aden, Marib, Hadhramaut, Al-Mahrah, the West Coast, Lahij, Shabwah and Socotra.

The Yemeni minister of social affairs and labor, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Zaouri, said that empowering young people economically was one of the government’s main priorities in the next phase.

He praised the efforts of KSrelief in adopting similar, important developmental projects and supporting economic recovery efforts in Yemen, drawing attention to the importance of implementing these projects to overcome the challenges resulting from the current humanitarian crisis.

The head of the youth empowerment project, Iman Al-Zobairi, said the initiative aimed to provide trainees with employment opportunities to improve their income and that strict criteria were in place to choose participants.

This project is part of a series of humanitarian and relief projects offered by the Kingdom, through KSrelief, to improve the economic situation and income of the neediest sections of Yemeni society.


Japanese, German envoys meet Shoura Council parliamentary friendship committees, review bilateral ties

Japanese, German envoys meet Shoura Council parliamentary friendship committees, review bilateral ties
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Japanese, German envoys meet Shoura Council parliamentary friendship committees, review bilateral ties

Japanese, German envoys meet Shoura Council parliamentary friendship committees, review bilateral ties
  • Headed by its chairman, Osama bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, the Saudi-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Iwai Fumio
  • The Saudi-German Parliamentary Friendship Committee, headed by its chairman, Hazza bin Bakr Al-Qahtani, held a meeting with German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dieter Lamle

RIYADH: The Saudi Shoura Council’s joint Saudi-Japanese and Saudi-German parliamentary friendship committees held separate meetings with the ambassadors of Japan and Germany in Riyadh recently, discussing ways to strengthen bilateral ties, especially at the parliamentary level.

Headed by its chairman, Osama bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, the Saudi-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee held a meeting on Sunday with the Japanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Iwai Fumio, who was accompanied by a number of Japanese Embassy officials.

During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of enhancing joint bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields. The meeting affirmed the existence of many areas that strengthen and develop the relations, most notably at the parliamentary level between the two parliamentary chambers in Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Japanese ambassador praised the developments witnessed by the Kingdom in various fields, stressing the keenness of his country’s government to develop and strengthen bilateral relations and activate mutual visits between the two countries to further enhance cooperation.

After the meeting the envoy tweeted: "I had the honor to meet with members of the Saudi-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee in the esteemed Shoura Council and we exchanged views on the existing relations between our two friendly countries in various fields and ways to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation.”

On Sunday, the Saudi-German Parliamentary Friendship Committee, headed by its chairman, Hazza bin Bakr Al-Qahtani, held a meeting with German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dieter Lamle.

The meeting discussed issues of common interest between the two countries in various fields, including parliamentary cooperation.

The two chairmen also highlighted the role and work mechanism of the Shoura Council and presented an overview of the role played by the council’s various parliamentary friendship committees in strengthening ties with friendly countries at the diplomatic level.


KSrelief, IOM sign $20m Yemen aid deals 

KSrelief, IOM sign $20m Yemen aid deals 
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KSrelief, IOM sign $20m Yemen aid deals 

KSrelief, IOM sign $20m Yemen aid deals 
  • The first deal, worth $15 million, will secure and distribute shelter, aid and non-food items to displaced people in the governorates of Marib, Taiz and Hodeidah
  • The second agreement covers rapid intervention in the water and sanitation sector in several Yemeni governorates

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center signed two agreements with the International Organization for Migration on Yemen.

The deals, which have a total value of $20 million, were signed by KSrelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino.

The first deal, worth $15 million, will secure and distribute shelter, aid and non-food items to displaced people in the governorates of Marib, Taiz and Hodeidah. It will target 82,320 people from internally displaced families and 20,580 people in host communities in Yemen.

The second agreement covers rapid intervention in the water and sanitation sector in several Yemeni governorates, with the aim of providing drinking water in impoverished areas, helping to reduce the spread of disease.

It comes in addition to the reconstruction of water and sanitation resources, and health awareness and hygiene programs, which will help about 50,500 Yemenis through a $5 million investment.

Al-Rabeeah said that the two agreements “will help hundreds of thousands of Yemenis who lack housing, shelter and food.

“They will also reduce the impact of humanitarian violations that Yemenis face from the Houthi militia.”

He called on the IOM to “stand firmly against the militia” and its “violations against refugees and internally displaced people,” warning that the group had targeted refugee camps in Marib and Al-Jouf.

The militia has also banned the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and imposes harsh taxation on refugees, Al-Rabeeah added.

He said that these practices, which “contradict humanitarian laws,” are strictly rejected by the IOM.

Vitorino said that the two deals “reflect the strategic partnership between the IOM and KSrelief,” and that they will “make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis who live under difficult humanitarian conditions.”

He added that since 2019, the IOM in Yemen has received more than $100 million of KSrelief support, which has “greatly contributed to helping the country.”

Vitorino expressed his hope that the IOM will provide urgent protection, assistance, healthcare and shelter for Yemenis in need.

Yemen is among the top beneficiaries of KSrelief assistance. In total, the center has implemented 647 projects in Yemen for a total cost of more than $3.9 billion.

The center’s programs cover food security, water sanitation and hygiene, health, education, emergency aid and nutrition.

KSrelief has implemented 1,814 projects worth more than $5.5 billion in 77 countries. The initiatives were carried out in cooperation with 144 local, regional and international partners since the inception of the center in May 2015.

According to a recent KSrelief report, the countries and territories that benefited the most from the center’s various projects were Yemen ($3.9 billion), Palestine ($368 million), Syria ($322 million) and Somalia ($209 million).


Saudi Arabia reports 5,928 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 5,928 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths
Updated 19 January 2022

Saudi Arabia reports 5,928 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Saudi Arabia reports 5,928 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 578,812
  • A total of 8,912 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 5,928 new infections on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 1,525 were recorded in Riyadh, 753 in Jeddah, 332 in Makkah, 281 in Madinah, 214 in Dammam, 211 in Hofuf, and 122 in Rabigh. Several other cities recorded less than one hundred new cases each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 578,812 after 4,981 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,912 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 54.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Riyadh Front kicks off fashion festival to support Saudi talent

Riyadh Front kicks off fashion festival to support Saudi talent
Updated 19 January 2022

Riyadh Front kicks off fashion festival to support Saudi talent

Riyadh Front kicks off fashion festival to support Saudi talent

RIYADH: Riyadh Front has launched Fashion Front, a three-week festival featuring some of the fashion world’s leading brands along with young Saudi fashion icons, designers, brand owners, and fashion and beauty enthusiasts.

The event, which began on Jan. 17, will showcase the latest local and international fashion lines, and introduce the creations of young Saudi talents.

“Riyadh Front aims to create a unique and innovative shopping and entertainment experience,” Al Mohsen Hameededeen, marketing director of Kaden Investment, Riyadh Front’s management company, said.

“Having become one of the city’s most sought out shopping destinations, it made sense that we launch the Fashion Front event to create a fashion experience that attracts fashion and shopping enthusiasts,” he said.

The exhibition allows visitors to move between pavilions as they explore modern and diverse fashion lines for all ages and occasions.

Saudi international designer Waad Al-Ketheiri said that the festival “will give us the chance to exchange ideas and learn what our consumers’ preferences really are.”

She added: “We can assure our beloved audience that our designs will continue to have a patriotic and modern touch to them, as they are inspired by Saudi Arabia’s culture.”

Riyadh Front, with its blend of work, shopping and entertainment, is one of the capital’s biggest projects as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.


UN envoy to Yemen in Riyadh for talks with GCC, Saudi officials

GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf meets UN envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh. (GCC)
GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf meets UN envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh. (GCC)
Updated 19 January 2022

UN envoy to Yemen in Riyadh for talks with GCC, Saudi officials

GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf meets UN envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh. (GCC)
  • Hans Grundberg met with the GCC chief and the Saudi ambassador to Yemen

RIYADH: The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council renewed his call to the international community to confront Houthi terrorism that obstructs all international efforts aimed at resolving the Yemeni crisis.
Nayef Al-Hajraf was speaking during a meeting with UN envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg, during his visit to Riyadh, the GCC said in a statement.
His visit comes a day after the Iran-backed Houthi militia attacked the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, killing three people and wounding seven, sparking widespread condemnation.
The secretary-general affirmed the GCC’s support for the efforts of the UN envoy and the UN toward reaching a political solution to the Yemeni war, calling on the international community to exert more pressure on the Houthi militia to engage seriously in the peace process.
Al-Hajraf also strongly condemned the continued cross border attacks targeting civilians and civilian objects in Saudi Arabia with missiles and drones, as well as the attack that targeted Abu Dhabi, “which represents a flagrant violation of international law and a threat to regional security and stability.
He also called for the Houthis to be held accountable, in accordance with international and humanitarian law.
Grundberg also met with the Saudi ambassador to Yemen and supervisor of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, where they discussed the Kingdom’s support for the UN’s efforts, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The two sides discussed joint political efforts to solve the Yemeni crisis, especially as the Houthis’ continue to reject UN and international efforts to implement a cease-fire, their insistence on increasing the suffering of the Yemeni people, and the militia’s continued attacks on civilian and economic sites in the Kingdom and the UAE.