Charities in Saudi Arabia compete to provide quality services to the needy

Charities in Saudi Arabia compete to provide quality services to the needy
The distribution of dates is one of the charitable programs that the Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Subaie and Sons Charitable Foundation implements annually. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 April 2022

Charities in Saudi Arabia compete to provide quality services to the needy

Charities in Saudi Arabia compete to provide quality services to the needy
  • Programs include food, medicines, women’s empowerment initiatives

RIYADH: Charitable organizations in Saudi Arabia are racing to provide their services to beneficiaries through various means, especially during Ramadan.

While some foundations provide medicine free of charge to people with chronic diseases, others seek to empower women in small and micro businesses, with one association launching a social investment company in March.

Medicine Charitable Society (Dawaa) in Makkah aims to provide necessary medicines for about 3,000 poor and needy people during Ramadan, at a cost of nearly SR500,000 ($133,336).

Abdel Nasser Batouq, chairman of the society’s board of directors, said: “Currently, the charity foundation has five programs that include patients with kidney (issues), diabetes, digestive system (issues), brain and nerve (issues), hypertension, and cardiovascular patients, and we are working closely to create a program for oncology patients.”

The charity recently launched a service for delivering medicines to the homes of beneficiaries who do not have the ability to reach its headquarters.

The Family Building Center (Jana), in cooperation with the National Agricultural Co., launched the Natural Soap Program in Al-Jawf, which focused on training women to make natural soap according to high-quality specifications and standards.

Mahmoud Alshami, CEO of Jana, described the results as wonderful, “as the volume of production exceeded the market’s need and household sales reached more than SR40,000 per month.”

Jana is one of the programs of the Sulaiman Al-Rajhi Foundation for Development Finance, one of the charitable institutions affiliated with the Sulaiman Al-Rajhi Endowment, which is one of the largest endowments in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Medicine Charitable Society (Dawaa) in Makkah aims to provide necessary medicines for about 3,000 poor and needy people during Ramadan, at a cost of nearly SR500,000 ($133,336).
  • The Family Building Center (Jana), in cooperation with the National Agricultural Co., launched the Natural Soap Program in Al-Jawf, which focused on training women to make natural soap according to high-quality specifications and standards.

The center has so far been able to support more than 180,000 women through 21 branches of the center spread around the Kingdom, with a cumulative loan portfolio estimated at SR1.8 billion, with a sustainability of more than 99 percent.

The Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Subaie and Sons Charitable Foundation (Ghoroos) gives the month of Ramadan priority in its work, as special preparations are made for it several months in advance, said the foundation’s secretary-general, Abdul-Wahhab Al-Fayez.

The distribution of dates is one of the charitable programs that Ghoroos implements annually, “because it is a strategic national product linked to the history and culture of Saudi Arabia.

“One of its economic resources, the dates are one of the most important food sources and main meals for people in the region,” he explained.

Al-Fayez pointed out the diversity in the month of Ramadan, which extends to include a number of charitable works, including preparing its mosques for worshippers and those in repentance, securing Ramadan baskets for families in their homes, and paying some debts according to certain conditions.

Ghoroos established the Namaal Social Investment Co. in March 2022, and concluded several agreements, one of which is with the Red Sea Development Co., aiming to “promote the agricultural sector in the Red Sea Project area, provide various social and economic opportunities for the local community.”


Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu
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Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps on Saturday launched a joint training exercise along the Red Sea coast in the western city of Yanbu, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said.

The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was inaugurated in the presence of Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Dibais, commander of the western sector, and Maj. Gen. Paul Rock, commander of the Marine Corps at the US Central Command, as well as senior officers from the Saudi armed forces and US Army.

An inspection tour included sites where the two forces will conduct the joint operations.

Col. Saud Al-Aqili, commander of the exercise, said that it aims to rehearse implementation of bilateral operational and logistical plans, exchange expertise between the two sides, and develop complementary work with civil authorities.

Col. Matthew Hakula, commander of the US forces, said that the joint maneuvers will raise combat readiness, as well as strengthen compatibility between Saudi and US troops.

The month-long drill includes logistical exercises and operations with live ammunition.


Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu
Updated 25 sec ago

Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

Saudi forces and US marines begin joint training exercise in Yanbu

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Armed Forces and US Marine Corps on Saturday launched a joint training exercise along the Red Sea coast in the western city of Yanbu, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said.

The “Outrageous Anger 22” exercise was inaugurated in the presence of Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Dibais, commander of the western sector, and Maj. Gen. Paul Rock, commander of the Marine Corps at the US Central Command, as well as senior officers from the Saudi armed forces and US Army.

An inspection tour included sites where the two forces will conduct the joint operations.

Col. Saud Al-Aqili, commander of the exercise, said that it aims to rehearse implementation of bilateral operational and logistical plans, exchange expertise between the two sides, and develop complementary work with civil authorities.

Col. Matthew Hakula, commander of the US forces, said that the joint maneuvers will raise combat readiness, as well as strengthen compatibility between Saudi and US troops.

The month-long drill includes logistical exercises and operations with live ammunition.


Saudi authorities convict African expat of trying to launder nearly $300,000 outside Kingdom

Saudi authorities convict African expat of trying to launder nearly $300,000 outside Kingdom
Updated 13 August 2022

Saudi authorities convict African expat of trying to launder nearly $300,000 outside Kingdom

Saudi authorities convict African expat of trying to launder nearly $300,000 outside Kingdom
  • The investigation revealed that the accused attempted to transfer the money by hiding it inside date cartons, which were found in his bag

RIYADH: An African expatriate who attempted to money launder more than $250,000 has been sentenced to two years in prison, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

A source at the Public Prosecution said that the Economic Crimes Prosecution’s investigations found that the man had tried to transfer $297,000, in addition to SR5,000 ($1,331), via King Abdulaziz International Airport outside the Kingdom.

The investigation revealed that the accused attempted to transfer the money by hiding it inside date cartons, which were found in his bag.

It revealed that the seized amounts were derived from practices that violated a number of regulations.

A general criminal case was filed against the offender on charges of money laundering by attempting to smuggle cash outside the Kingdom, and a preliminary ruling was issued against him that included his conviction.

The money was seized, and he will be deported from the country after serving his sentence. The Public Prosecution Office also submitted an appeal for a stiffer penalty for the offender.

The Public Prosecution said it would take anyone seeking to harm the financial system and the national economy to court, and demand severe penalties.

The office frequently highlights, through its social media accounts, the need to disclose financial values and cash amounts that exceed SR60,000 if leaving the Kingdom or passing through any of its ports.


Saudi KSrelief chief tours refugee centers in Poland

Saudi KSrelief chief tours refugee centers in Poland
Updated 13 August 2022

Saudi KSrelief chief tours refugee centers in Poland

Saudi KSrelief chief tours refugee centers in Poland

RIYADH: The general-supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, visited a center run by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the Polish city of Jyszow on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Al-Rabeeah was accompanied by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Poland, Saad bin Saleh Al-Saleh, and UNHCR representatives on a tour of the facilities, which are closely linked to aid provided as part of Saudi Arabia’s $10 million grant to support refugees from Ukraine, of which $5 million was allocated through KSrelief to the UNHCR.

Al-Rabeeah toured the UNHCR shelter distribution center to see how the aid is delivered to beneficiaries and what plans are in place to respond to refugees’ urgent needs.

Al-Rabeeah said that the housing aid provided by the Kingdom targets nearly 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, and stressed that Saudi Arabia is always keen to support refugees anywhere in the world.

He also commended the high level of professionalism demonstrated by the UNHCR.

Al-Rabeeah also visited a medical transport station in the city of Przemysl, which currently hosts a large number of refugees from Ukraine.

During the visit, the station’s director, Rafał Kijanka, clarified the station’s efforts to provide necessary medical aid to refugees from Ukraine in Poland with financial assistance from Saudi Arabia.


No permit for children below 5 years in Grand Mosque of Makkah

No permit for children below 5 years in Grand Mosque of Makkah
Updated 13 August 2022

No permit for children below 5 years in Grand Mosque of Makkah

No permit for children below 5 years in Grand Mosque of Makkah

RIYADH: Children below five years old can enter the Grand Mosque of Makkah without a permit, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Saturday.

“Parents can take their children who are below five years old without the need to get them a permit,” the ministry said in a Twitter post.

However, children over five years old must obtain a permit through the “Eatmarna” app to enter the holy site.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia announced that holders of all types of visas will be able to perform Umrah during their stay in the Kingdom.