KSRelief continues food, education projects in Yemen

KSRelief continues food, education projects in Yemen
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Updated 29 April 2022

KSRelief continues food, education projects in Yemen

KSRelief continues food, education projects in Yemen
  • It is part of a project to develop and build local capacity for literacy programs and assist people with disabilities

MARIB: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has distributed more than 112 tons of Ramadan food baskets to needy families in Marib governorate, Yemen, benefiting 6,300 people.

KSRelief also distributed nearly 159 tons of this aid for impoverished families in Al-Mahrah governorate, benefiting 8,910 people.

More than 900,000 individuals in 19 countries are expected to receive support through the Saudi Ramadan Eta’am initiative, which aims to send out a total of 156,993 food parcels, weighing 8,430 tons. The project is an extension of the Kingdom’s international aid operations, carried out by KSRelief.

Meanwhile, KSRelief recently held an introductory workshop in Aden governorate on ways to provide individual education for people with disabilities in three Yemeni governorates.

It is part of a project to develop and build local capacity for literacy programs and assist people with disabilities.

Those who participated in the workshop included 70 specialists in the field of training and education for people with disabilities and special needs.

The center also launched in Aden governorate an awareness campaign on ways to care for people with disabilities, which included a silent theatrical performance, display of traditional costumes, and the presentation of motivational stories.

Worldwide, KSRelief has implemented 1,940 projects worth nearly $6 billion in 80 countries, in cooperation with 175 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 ($4 billion), Palestine ($368 million), Syria ($325 million) and Somalia ($213 million).


Group of 185 pilgrims arrives in Jeddah under Saudi king’s guest program

Group of 185 pilgrims arrives in Jeddah under Saudi king’s guest program
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Group of 185 pilgrims arrives in Jeddah under Saudi king’s guest program

Group of 185 pilgrims arrives in Jeddah under Saudi king’s guest program
  • The king’s generous gesture comes in line with the Kingdom’s permanent efforts to serve pilgrims, build positive relations with other countries

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Tuesday received 185 pilgrims at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport as part of the guest program of King Salman.

This year’s program enables representatives from the the 41 countries working in the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, along with relatives of martyrs and people injured in terrorist attacks, to perform their Hajj rituals.

The ministry is taking care of the guests to ensure that they will be provided with all the services they need throughout their Hajj journey.

Services include accommodation, transportation, meals and any other services they may need while performing their rituals.

The guest program also provides other services to the pilgrims, most notably securing travel tickets, obtaining visas, providing medical care, as well as providing round the clock buses from accommodation to the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The king’s generous gesture comes in line with the Kingdom’s permanent efforts to serve pilgrims, build positive relations with other countries and open wider horizons for strengthening ties in the Muslim world.


Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes Eid clothes for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes Eid clothes for Syrian refugees in Jordan
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Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes Eid clothes for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes Eid clothes for Syrian refugees in Jordan
  • The Kingdom’s aid agency has agreed to sponsor Syrian and Jordanian orphans and their families in Irbid for a whole year

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center distributed Eid clothing and the fifth batch of monthly financial aid to Syrian refugees and host communities in Irbid, Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The financial aid was provided to 56 families, including 40 Syrian families and 16 Jordanian families, totaling 191 beneficiaries, the majority of whom are orphans and widows.

The financial aid aims to support the families in meeting their basic needs and bringing them joy during Eid Al-Adha.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 675,433 Syrian refugees are registered in Jordan, with 136,104 of them residing in Irbid.

Around 80 percent of Jordan’s Syrian refugees fall below the poverty line, and 60 percent of families are in extreme poverty, UNHCR also said.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s economy continues to struggle. According to the World Bank, Jordan’s GDP and employment growth have averaged 2.4 percent per year since 2011, failing to keep pace with its young workforce.

Thus, humanitarian aid from the international community is critical to supporting Jordan and its population.

KSrelief has agreed to sponsor orphans and their families in Irbid for a whole year, SPA reported.

A similar project has also been launched by the center for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

 


Saudi king receives letter from Bahraini counterpart

Saudi king receives letter from Bahraini counterpart
Updated 06 July 2022

Saudi king receives letter from Bahraini counterpart

Saudi king receives letter from Bahraini counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday received a written message from his Bahraini counterpart King Hamad, regarding the strong and solid bilateral relations that bind the two countries, and ways to support and enhance them in various fields and on all levels.
The message was received on behalf of Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Waleed Al-Khuraiji, during a meeting with Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman, Bahrain’s ambassador to the Kingdom.
During the reception, they discussed relations between the two countries, and ways of enhancing them in various fields.


Arab hip-hop culture takes center stage at BeatRoots in Riyadh

BeatRoots is a creative experience developed by Museland’s founder, Ali Al-Saeed. (Supplied)
BeatRoots is a creative experience developed by Museland’s founder, Ali Al-Saeed. (Supplied)
Updated 06 July 2022

Arab hip-hop culture takes center stage at BeatRoots in Riyadh

BeatRoots is a creative experience developed by Museland’s founder, Ali Al-Saeed. (Supplied)
  • Hip-hop artist and rapper Dattune told Arab News: “We already had a hip-hop culture (in the Kingdom) but we didn’t have enough spaces to either perform or connect with each other

RIYADH: The Saudi hip-hop music scene was in the spotlight at the weekend when local talent took to the stage in Riyadh at BeatRoots, a special music event that took place on Friday at AlMashtal Creative Space, in collaboration with Bahraini record label Museland.

The event, inspired by New York-style block parties, featured live performances by six Saudi and Bahraini artists, plus graffiti artists, b-boy dancing, and a market selling sneakers, street fashion and vinyl records.

AlMashtal, a creative incubator, regularly hosts collaborations with creators of various kinds, including musicians, visual artists and fashion designers. Its goal is to provide a platform to help creative talents to develop their crafts, grow and showcase their work.

“We really like to focus on these local talents, these up-and-coming artists that need a space to express themselves, to have their own audience, a chance to showcase themselves in front of an intimate audience; the right type of audience, the right type of space,” Elham Ghanimah, AlMashtal’s creative labs curator, told Arab News.

The night began with a mellow performance by Bahraini musician and graffiti artist Du$t. His music is inspired by diverse elements such as B-boy dancing, graffiti and surrealist art. He explained that it is important for his craft that he thinks outside of the box when creating his music, and said that he is pleased to see his style of music building a following in Saudi Arabia.

“It’s amazing to see it growing here as well,” he told Arab News. “In Bahrain (we’ve done) the same event there, so to bring it here and to see that everyone is involved brings a nice feeling.”

BeatRoots is a creative experience developed by Museland’s founder, Ali Al-Saeed. It is already a regular event in Bahrain and now the label is expanding to other parts of the region.

“Everyone’s happy; the energy is really good, everything is positive, the crowd is really enjoying it,” Ghanimah said. “I think at the end, that’s really what matters.”

Many people assume the hip-hop scene is relatively new to Saudi Arabia but its origins can be traced back at least as far as the early 2000s, with interest in the genre fueled by the growth of the internet.

“In general, everyone focuses on hip-hop in English … It’s OK to get inspiration from the West but it’s also good to see what you have here, to connect with your own culture, with your roots,” Ghanimah said.

Hip-hop artist and rapper Dattune told Arab News: “We already had a hip-hop culture (in the Kingdom) but we didn’t have enough spaces to either perform or connect with each other. That’s what I love about these kinds of events. I’ve met a lot of people that I wouldn’t have met if we didn’t have these spaces. The talent is already there; all we need is a chance to perform.”

In addition to Dattune and Du$t, the BeatRoots lineup included Fizzy, Septemba, Str8tup Rkls, and hip-hop artist, rapper, and crowd-favorite Albakri, who gave a hardcore yet heartfelt performance that included two as-yet-unreleased songs.

Albakri said his inspiration comes from looking inward, citing his culture and personal identity as huge influences on his work.

“I’m a guy of mixed identity: I’m Jordanian, I’m Palestinian and I’m Saudi. I’m all of these. So it’s just about how I can connect with those three cultures,” he told Arab News.

When it comes to his unique sound, he said his main inspirations come from around Riyadh, in particular his producers Leo, Mufasa and Dice, as well as DJs and friends such as Bucky Grooves, Vinylmode and Baloo. The rapper said he hopes to establish his own record label one day.

“I’m very happy that someone from Bahrain looked into (Riyadh) and was digging for artists … Seeing people open up to the genre, seeing collaborations between the hip-hop genre, the dance/house/minimal genre … and having a space, being a collective — all of that matters to the genre and the music in general,” he said.

AlMashtal’s stated aim with cultural events such as BeatRoots is to open the doors for discussions, cultural and artistic exchanges, and the promotion of creative ventures across the Arab region.

“We wanna do more collaborations just to put everything forward in a positive way,” Ghanimah said.

“Not everyone gets a chance and if people do get a chance, not everyone gets the right chance and the right type of support.

“So, you’re getting to showcase yourself not just at any space but at a creative incubator where the whole goal is to nurture these creatives and help them reach their goals.”


Saudi Transport Ministry carries out work to improve roads leading to holy sites

Saudi Transport Ministry carries out work to improve roads leading to holy sites
Updated 06 July 2022

Saudi Transport Ministry carries out work to improve roads leading to holy sites

Saudi Transport Ministry carries out work to improve roads leading to holy sites

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services has been carrying out maintenance work in Makkah on roads leading to holy sites to help ensure the safety of pilgrims, improve travel to and from the holy sites, and help make Hajj experience easier, officials said.

The work includes installing protective barriers, fences, road signs and concrete curbs, and repainting road markings. Roads and buildings are also being repaired. The maintenance efforts have focused on improving the Hijrah route, along with the Jeddah and Makkah highways, but have also taken in parts of Makkah and the holy sites.

Some projects are already complete, including lighting along the Hijrah route and the extension of some Makkah highways.

The Ministry of Transport is responsible for planning and implementing air, land and sea transport in the Kingdom, including the maintenance of roads and coordination of the nation’s transportation system.