Saudi humanitarian efforts continue in Mozambique, Yemen

Saudi Arabia is providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to displaced and needy people in Mozambique and Yemen. It is also sparing no efforts to clear mines planted by the Houthi militias. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to displaced and needy people in Mozambique and Yemen. It is also sparing no efforts to clear mines planted by the Houthi militias. (SPA)
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KSRelief is sparing no efforts to clear mines planted by the Houthi militias. (SPA)
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Updated 20 March 2022

Saudi humanitarian efforts continue in Mozambique, Yemen

Saudi Arabia is providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to displaced and needy people in Mozambique and Yemen. It is also sparing no efforts to clear mines planted by the Houthi militias. (SPA)
  • The humanitarian aid comes within the center’s 2021-2022 project to support food security in Yemen

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is providing food, shelter and medical assistance to displaced people in Mozambique and Yemen through projects by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

It is also ramping up efforts to clear land mines and explosive devices planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

KSrelief launched a project to distribute food aid to the displaced and affected people in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.

The center on Sunday distributed more than 8.6 tons of food baskets in Montepuez, the second largest city in the province. More than 675 people benefited from the food aid, which comes within the framework of the Kingdom’s efforts to provide relief to impoverished people.

On Saturday, the center distributed more than 61.7 tons of food baskets to almost 3,500 people in Yemen’s Abyan Governorate.

The humanitarian aid comes within the center’s 2021-2022 project to support food security in Yemen. It aims to distribute more than 192,000 food baskets weighing more than 20,000 tons to families in need in 15 Yemeni governorates.

On the same day, the center also distributed shelter aid, including 11 tents and 11 shelter bags, to 66 displaced people in Dar Saad district, Aden.

Meanwhile, KSrelief mobile medical clinics in the Walan camp for displaced people in Hajjah Governorate provided treatment services to more than 785 beneficiaries during February.

The clinic for the treatment and control of epidemic diseases received 76 patients, while the emergency clinic received 160 patients. Moreover, the internal medicine clinic provided services to 92 patients, while the sexual and reproductive healthcare unit received 43 cases.

Medications were dispensed to 393 beneficiaries throughout the month. Through other services, 19 individuals visited the surgery and dressing clinic, while 24 people were given medical advice at the awareness and education unit. Meanwhile, about 145 patients visited the nursing services department.

A further eight waste disposal activities were carried out.

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) managed to dismantle 1,472 land mines planted by Houthi militia in Yemen during the third week of March. These mines include 28 anti-personnel mines, 297 anti-tank mines, 1,132 unexploded ordnances and 15 explosive charges.

It brings the number of mines cleared during March to 3,910.

Since the Masam project launched, it has led to the clearing of 326,699 mines and explosive devices in Yemen.


Riyadh prepares for opening of 14 top international restaurant brands

Riyadh prepares for opening of 14 top international restaurant brands
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Riyadh prepares for opening of 14 top international restaurant brands

Riyadh prepares for opening of 14 top international restaurant brands
  • The new fine-dining establishments, which include five with Michelin-starred restaurants in other countries, are due to open in December

RIYADH: More than a dozen renowned international restaurant brands are set to open in Riyadh by the end of the year, including several with establishments in other countries that have earned a coveted Michelin star.

As the tastes of Saudis develop, the Kingdom is increasingly becoming a focus for major dining brands, which are contributing to the development of the tourism and entertainment sectors in the country as well as the national economy. During Riyadh Season celebrations, for example, residents and visitors to the capital have spent more than SR6 billion ($1.6 billion), according to the General Entertainment Authority.

Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Farhan, who chairs the board of directors at Yakoon, a leading company in the hospitality industry, said that 14 international restaurant brands are due open in the capital in December. Five of them have establishments elsewhere in the world that have been awarded a Michelin star, an honor considered by many to represent the pinnacle of fine dining.

The new restaurants in Riyadh will include L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, La Cantine du Faubourg, Sass Cafe and MusicHall. Renowned in Europe and elsewhere, they are considered to be among the most luxurious and distinguished in the world. In the Kingdom, they will be located in areas such as The Boulevard, Al-Bujairi in Diriyah, and King Abdullah Financial District.

“Bringing these restaurants to the Kingdom is in line with the development we are witnessing in the tourism and entertainment sectors,” Prince Saud told Arab News.

“We expect this category of restaurants in the food and nutrition sector to contribute positively to the tourist’s journey and the entertainment experience of the citizen and resident.”

He said his team’s investment aims reflect the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, including the development of the Kingdom as a global tourism destination. Part of this involves the comprehensive development of the entertainment sector and the promotion of a luxurious lifestyle, he added, and as part of its efforts to establish itself as a global destination, Riyadh will continue to enhance its image by embracing fine-dining brands.

“We aim to create an exceptional experience in the tourist’s journey or the experience of the citizen and resident in the food sector in the Kingdom, and bringing international restaurants to Riyadh and other cities of the Kingdom will contribute to enhancing the region’s touristic position,” Prince Saud said.


Education and training exhibition kicks off in Jeddah

Education and training exhibition kicks off in Jeddah
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Education and training exhibition kicks off in Jeddah

Education and training exhibition kicks off in Jeddah
  • Representatives from the US, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Malaysia, Switzerland, the UAE, Bahrain, Britain and Jordan were present

JEDDAH: The third Middle East Education and Training Exhibition, the leading student recruitment event in the region, launched on Tuesday at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Conferences to cater to the rising academic aspirations of the student community in the Kingdom.

This exhibition, which runs until Thursday, is being held under the patronage of the Ministry of Education. Featuring more than 120 leading universities and training institutes from across the world, the show presents an array of undergraduate and postgraduate academic and occupational courses to help local and expat students hunting for higher education, professional development, and training options.

Additionally, students can leverage the expertise and services of career guidance counselors attending the event.  

Representatives from the US, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Malaysia, Switzerland, the UAE, Bahrain, Britain and Jordan are present alongside local institutions and universities.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi, governor of Jeddah. At the opening ceremony, the Jeddah governor emphasized on the importance of education as one of the basic pillars of the comprehensive and sustainable development process.

He pointed out that Saudi Arabia pays great attention to the advancement of education under the guidance of the country’s wise leadership in developing a world-class higher education system to prepare the youth for the future.

While touring the exhibition, Arthur James Bell, public officer at the Consulate General of the US, told Arab News that he was “very pleased and proud to see this reopening and reimagining of Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the world in terms of educational institutions. 

“We, as the US, are so happy to see 28 separate education institutions participating this year, and we know that this number will grow in the coming editions. We all know the history between the two countries in terms of education cooperation,” he added.

Bell continued: “Hundreds of thousands of Saudi students have been educated in the US, and many of them have returned home and are now actively contributing to the ambitious 2030 Vision.”

Meanwhile, Waleed Wakid, CEO of ICON International for Exhibitions, noted that the exhibition serves the needs of the local student community and offers education providers the opportunity to personally engage with aspiring students.

“Furthermore, it gives students the opportunity to compare the various study alternatives available to them, evaluate fee structures, and get information that is crucial to their decision-making process,” he said.

The exhibition will also include several specialized workshops, with the participation of specialists and researchers in the various fields of the exhibition. The workshops will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, equipped with the latest equipment and modern technologies.


Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Updated 04 October 2022

Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations
  • Kingdom was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan after 1992 independence
  • Azerbaijani FM announces support for Saudi Expo 2030 bid

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jehon Bermov celebrated 30 years of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

A ceremony was held at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku. 

In his opening speech at the ceremony, Bermov announced his country’s support for the Kingdom’s candidacy to host Expo 2030 in Riyadh. 

Furthermore, he praised the Kingdom’s historical support for Azerbaijan and added that his country’s leadership is eager to develop the relationship. 

In turn, Prince Faisal emphasized that the two countries’ relations had been built on firm grounds since Azerbaijan’s independence in 1992, noting that Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan after its independence. 

Prince Faisal emphasized numerous areas in which the Kingdom and Azerbaijan have collaborated, most notably in the energy sector. These include the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2022 to cover electricity generation in the Caspian Sea, as well as Saudi Arabia’s $300 million investment in the Absheron-Khizi wind power plant, which seeks to produce 240 megawatts of electric power. 

The Saudi foreign minister also emphasized the country’s ongoing cooperation within the framework of international institutions, particularly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN, OPEC and OPEC Plus.


Saudi defense minister discusses joint cooperation with US counterpart

Saudi defense minister discusses joint cooperation with US counterpart
Updated 04 October 2022

Saudi defense minister discusses joint cooperation with US counterpart

Saudi defense minister discusses joint cooperation with US counterpart
  • During a call, the two officials reviewed the Saudi-US partnership and ways to strengthen cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed military and defense cooperation with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on Tuesday.

During a call, the two officials reviewed the Saudi-US partnership and ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Prince Khalid and Austin also discussed a number of international developments and issues of common concern.

Prince Khalid was appointed as the Kingdom’s minister of defense last week by royal decree after previously serving as the deputy minister of defense.


Saudi Cabinet calls on international community to confront Iranian violations

Saudi Cabinet calls on international community to confront Iranian violations
Updated 04 October 2022

Saudi Cabinet calls on international community to confront Iranian violations

Saudi Cabinet calls on international community to confront Iranian violations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Tuesday renewed calls on the international community to stand up against all Iranian violations that contradict international law. 

It also reiterated its total rejection of all attacks that threaten the security and stability of Iraq

The session was chaired by King Salman at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

During the meeting the Cabinet also approved a Memorandum of Cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the British government and Northern Ireland in the energy sector.