KSrelief gives $15m to UNRWA aid plan in Gaza

KSrelief gives $15m to UNRWA aid plan in Gaza
Women sit with children outside tents at a school run by UNRWA. (File/AFP)
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Updated 14 November 2023
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KSrelief gives $15m to UNRWA aid plan in Gaza

KSrelief gives $15m to UNRWA aid plan in Gaza
  • Initiative will deliver food, shelter, non-food items, medication, water and sanitation supplies to

LONDON: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center contributed $15 million to the first phase of a UN aid plan for Gaza, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The humanitarian response plan, launched by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, will deliver food, shelter, non-food items, medication, water and sanitation supplies to the besieged enclave.

It will be implemented through a partnership between the two organizations aimed at easing the critical situation in Gaza.

The Saudi contribution through KSrelief comes as part of the Kingdom’s commitment to standing with the Palestinian people.

So far, Israel’s war on Gaza has killed more than 11,000 people — the vast majority civilians — and denied 2.2 million people access to basic items such as food, water, fuel and electricity.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom has raised more than SR491 million ($131 million) for Palestinians in Gaza through a fundraising campaign.

The donation scheme was launched earlier this month under the direction of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
 


Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha
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Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

RIYADH: The scenic landscapes, unique terrain, and enchanting ambiance of Baha’s mountains have attracted thousands of tourists, both local and international.

Among the prominent attractions for hikers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are the upper and lower Mount Shada.

The region does not only cater for walkers, but it also attracts adventure sports enthusiasts taking part in activities such as paragliding.

As winter unfolds, many visitors have started heading toward the region, particularly the Tihamah sector.

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Head of the Southern Travelers Team, specializing in long-distance journeys, Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, pointed out the adoption of the Baha peaks trail for hiking.

The 175-km trail takes in heritage villages with special architectural character, various museums, tourist attractions, and several parks.

Baha’s natural and sporting attractions make it a standout choice for many tourists.


Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah

Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah
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Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah

Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Monday warned against the 'catastrophic consequences' of any Israeli attack on Rafah, south of Gaza, during his speech at the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council. 

“In this light, we warn against the disastrous repercussions of an attack on Rafah, as the last refuge for civilians, who are there due to the displacement by the Israeli army.” 

Bin Farhan denounced the double standards adopted by some countries toward the crisis in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. He also reiterated calls for an immediate ceasefire. 

“We call on the international community to bear its responsibility to put an end to escalation and war, protect civilians, in order to pave the way for a clear and legitimate peace process that includes all parties.”


Saudi Arabia launches first international music academy in Taif

Saudi Arabia launches first international music academy in Taif
Updated 26 February 2024
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Saudi Arabia launches first international music academy in Taif

Saudi Arabia launches first international music academy in Taif

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s first international music academy, the Nahawand Center, was launched in Taif on Sunday. A cooperation agreement was signed between the Nahawand Academy of Arts and the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.

The Gnesins Academy is among Russia’s most important international academies and one of the oldest globally, having been established over 120 years ago. It also has branches in the US, the UK, France, and other countries.

Abdullah Rashad, general supervisor of Nahawand Center, said that the cooperation aims to enhance the competency of those working in the music field in the Kingdom. “It also seeks to support talents and practitioners in music and arts, aligning with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he said.

The objective is to ensure that the “music sector contributes to the local economy and creates job opportunities,” he added.

Ahmed Al-Shamrani, executive director of Nahawand Center, stated that the academy will focus on developing educational programs and musical research, accrediting official certificates for international trainees, and exchanging teachers, students, and joint academic work.

The partnership will also involve the organization of cultural events between the Kingdom and Russia.

Angie Zadan, representative of Gnesins Academy, welcomed the partnership, adding that the exchange of expertise and qualitative experiences will refine people’s musical taste, as well as develop creative content.

She added that the impact of the partnership will reach both practitioners in the field and enthusiasts, noting that it represents a significant opportunity to introduce people to the history and musical arts of both countries.

During the ceremony, a band performed the folk dance known as majrour, popular in Taif. An art exhibition was also held on the occasion.

Attendees toured the academy’s various departments, including the piano and vocal warm-ups department where some students performed, the oud and oriental singing department, and the content creation pavilion.

The event also included several musical performances by a number of the Nahawand Center’s students.

The Nahawand Center is accredited by the General Authority of Media Regulation and the General Entertainment Authority in the arts, talents and music sector.


Saudi interior minister meets with Tunisian counterpart

Saudi interior minister meets with Tunisian counterpart
Updated 26 February 2024
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Saudi interior minister meets with Tunisian counterpart

Saudi interior minister meets with Tunisian counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdulaziz met on Sunday in Tunis with the Interior Minister of Tunisia, Kamal Feki.

During the meeting, a number of topics of common interest were discussed, in addition to reviewing the agenda of the 41st session of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, scheduled for Tunis on Monday.

The meeting was attended by a number of members of accompanying delegations of the Saudi and Tunisian ministers, and representatives of Arab security and police organizations.


Saudi economy and planning minister discusses economic cooperation with Austrian federal minister for the EU and constitution

Saudi economy and planning minister discusses economic cooperation with Austrian federal minister for the EU and constitution
Updated 26 February 2024
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Saudi economy and planning minister discusses economic cooperation with Austrian federal minister for the EU and constitution

Saudi economy and planning minister discusses economic cooperation with Austrian federal minister for the EU and constitution

Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning, Faisal Alibrahim, met on Sunday with the Austrian Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution, Karoline Edtstadler.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations between the Kingdom and Austria, and ways to strengthen economic cooperation between both countries, in addition to recent developments in the region.