KSrelief sends 14 ambulances to Gaza 

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KSrelief has finalized four cooperation agreements with international organizations to provide relief worth $40 million for Palestinians in Gaza. (KSrelief)
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KSrelief has finalized four cooperation agreements with international organizations to provide relief worth $40 million for Palestinians in Gaza. (KSrelief)
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Updated 30 November 2023
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KSrelief sends 14 ambulances to Gaza 

KSrelief sends 14 ambulances to Gaza 

RIYADH: Fourteen out of the planned 20 ambulances provided by Saudi aid agency KSrelief are en route to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. 

The ambulances are carrying crucial medical supplies including biometric devices, oxygen devices, first aid kits, burn treatment kits, transport beds, splints and straps.

Rafah, overseen by Egypt, is the only crossing into Gaza not controlled by Israel.

KSrelief has finalized four cooperation agreements with international organizations to provide relief worth $40 million for Palestinians in Gaza.

On Thursday, the 24th Saudi relief plane departed from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh to Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt.

On board the plane are 31 tons of aid supplies, including food, shelter and medical provisions. 

This initiative is part of an ongoing campaign dedicated to alleviating the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.
 


Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement

Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement
Updated 21 February 2024
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Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement

Saudi Arabia signs international coffee agreement
  • The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar signed the trade treaty
  • “We see ICO, and this updated agreement, as a key to achieving our hopes and ambitions for the coffee industry locally and globally,” Prince Khalid said

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia signed the International Coffee Agreement 2022 at the International Coffee Organization’s headquarters in London on Tuesday.

The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar signed the trade treaty.

Under the agreement, governments, in collaboration with the private sector and civil society, will come together to determine initiatives that support a more prosperous and sustainable future for stakeholders within the global coffee value chain.

The executive director of the ICO Vanusia Nogueira said she hoped the Kingdom joining the agreement will “bring a unique new flavour to our global community.”

“Together in the spirit of international cooperation, we celebrate the diversity of coffee traditions and jointly undertake to safeguard, promote, and sustain the sector.

“I am sure that our collaboration will thrive as we foster a future where we continue to savour the richness of coffee while advocating for all aspects of sustainability,” Nogueira added.

Prince Khalid said the Kingdom’s coffee sector is growing fast and “is an important part of our plans for the future and the change we wish to bring to our country as it contributes to diversifying the national economy.”

“The Public Investment Fund launched the Saudi Coffee Company in May 2022, which is investing $319 million over the next ten years to support the growth of the national coffee industry, with the goal of boosting the country’s production from 300 tons per year to 2500 tons per year, and focusing on achieving sustainability, across the production, distribution and marketing aspects of the coffee supply chain,” the envoy added.

He continued: “We see ICO, and this updated agreement, as a key to achieving our hopes and ambitions for the coffee industry locally and globally, and we look forward to working with colleagues at ICO to secure a positive and thriving future for coffee in the years and decades to come.”


Saudi Arabia expresses regret over US veto of UN Gaza ceasefire resolution

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over US veto of UN Gaza ceasefire resolution
Updated 20 February 2024
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Saudi Arabia expresses regret over US veto of UN Gaza ceasefire resolution

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over US veto of UN Gaza ceasefire resolution
  • Thirteen council members voted in favor of the Algerian-drafted text

RIYADH: The Saudi Foreign Ministry has expressed the Kingdom’s regret over the US veto of a UN Security Council resolution proposing an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the Saudi Press Agency has reported.

Thirteen council members voted in favor of the Algerian-drafted text, while Britain abstained. It was the third such US veto since the start of the current fighting, which broke out after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The ministry in a statement stressed the urgent need for reform within the UNSC, highlighting the necessity for the council to fulfill its duties in upholding global peace and security and ensure the consistent application of international law without double standards.

Saudi Arabia has also raised concern over the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza, exacerbated by the escalation of Israel’s military aggression.

The Kingdom has emphasized that this undermines efforts aimed at fostering dialogue and achieving a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian cause, as outlined in applicable international resolutions.
 


Who’s Who: Anthony Aikenhead, chief development officer at the Sports Boulevard Foundation

Anthony Aikenhead
Anthony Aikenhead
Updated 20 February 2024
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Who’s Who: Anthony Aikenhead, chief development officer at the Sports Boulevard Foundation

Anthony Aikenhead

Anthony Aikenhead is the chief development officer at the Sports Boulevard Foundation where he oversees construction of the Sports Boulevard, the world’s largest urban linear park in Riyadh.

In this role, he is responsible for project and program delivery, particularly as it relates to schedule and budget. He is also developing the design and construction division of the Sports Boulevard, encouraging knowledge-sharing within the delivery team.

Aikenhead has implemented a strategic approach to effective risk management at the Sports Boulevard, creating a formal structure that has led to several proactive measures, including thorough risk assessment and continued monitoring and evaluation.

He curated and led the development of Sports Boulevard’s program execution plan, which delineated the project’s planning phase, procurement strategy and management processes.

Aikenhead has more than 40 years of practical experience in real estate and development.

Prior to joining the foundation, he held various roles at Sir Robert McAlpine, a leading UK construction and civil engineering company. From 2011 to 2016, he was director of operations and CEO, during which time he devised and implemented substantial business improvements in leadership and process.

He was the project director of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium from 2007 to 2011 and oversaw delivery of the project three months early.

Aikenhead has also held leadership roles on several other major projects in the UK, including the Millenium Dome in London and Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk.

Most recently, Aikenhead was chief real estate and delivery officer at Dubai Expo LLC, where he formulated the strategic delivery plan for the design and construction for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

 


Saudi Arabia, France relations at their best: French senator

The French senator Nathalie Goulet spoke to Noor Nugali, Arab News' Deputy Editor-in-Chief. (AN photo by Loai Elkelawy)
The French senator Nathalie Goulet spoke to Noor Nugali, Arab News' Deputy Editor-in-Chief. (AN photo by Loai Elkelawy)
Updated 20 February 2024
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Saudi Arabia, France relations at their best: French senator

The French senator Nathalie Goulet spoke to Noor Nugali, Arab News' Deputy Editor-in-Chief. (AN photo by Loai Elkelawy)
  • Goulet pointed out the cultural fashion trends of the first Saudi Cup, where women were smartly dressed and wearing European-style aristocrat hats

RIYADH: A leading French senator has lauded the strength of relations between Saudi Arabia and France.

During a visit to Arab News’ headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss cooperation, Vision 2030, and female empowerment in the Kingdom, Nathalie Goulet described bilateral links as currently being at their best.

A member of the Senate of France representing the Orne department in Normandy, the attorney has held office for 17 years and serves as chair of the senate’s investigation committee on tax evasion and committee on foreign fighters in France and Europe.

She noted the positive changes she had seen in Saudi Arabia over recent years, from tourism to media expansion, and the country’s raised profile on the international stage.

Goulet said: “It’s amazing, because it’s changing very fast … the music, the mixing, and everything is going very fast, without any possibility to go back.”

On the fast-developing relations between the two nations, she highlighted French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to create France 2030, an economic goal composed of 10 objectives, inspired by the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.

“It is obvious that something is changing. The cherry on the milkshake is that the French president decided to have a big program and he decided to call it France 2030,” the senator added.

As part of her current visit to the Kingdom, Goulet has attended the Saudi Media Forum, an event exploring a range of topics related to the media sector’s growth and future, and covering areas such as visual, audio, print, and digital mediums. Forum discussions will also focus on the media’s role in society, politics, and the economy on a global scale.

She will also attend for a second time the Saudi Cup horse race, taking place on Feb. 23 to 24.

Goulet pointed out the cultural fashion trends of the first Saudi Cup, where women were smartly dressed and wearing European-style aristocrat hats.

She said: “The first Saudi Cup I attended; a woman won … the women were dressed like Europeans. A lot of fashion exhibitions.”

On career advice for women, she suggested working hard and learning new languages.

“I think that working hard will give you credit. If it’s not immediate, it will be later. Build yourself on your own capacity and your own work, without checking what people are thinking of you.

“Build yourself, build your own assists, and your personality. Women are now building their own personality without men, so that is really important. My strong belief is that as a woman you have to work twice as hard.”

 


Saudi architecture, design organization to host March research conference, educators forum

Saudi architecture, design organization to host March research conference, educators forum
Updated 20 February 2024
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Saudi architecture, design organization to host March research conference, educators forum

Saudi architecture, design organization to host March research conference, educators forum
  • Events will outline a strategic vision for research, advance higher education curricula within the sectors

RIYADH: The Saudi Architecture and Design Commission will in March host two major industry events in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Running over two days from March 6, the Architecture and Design Research Conference will be followed by the two-day Educators Forum for Architecture and Design beginning on March 8.

Titled “Setting the Stage for Architecture and Design Research,” the conference will seek to lay the groundwork and outline a strategic vision for research within the sectors, while connecting academic scholars and professional practitioners and celebrating local and international research achievements.

The main aim of the forum event, titled “Change: Shaping the A and D Education Future,” will be to advance higher education curricula across a range of sectors.

It will also provide a platform to bring together stakeholders and promote collaboration among researchers, educators, and experts.

Along with several prominent regional and international speakers, the forum will include panel discussions, roundtable debates, and interactive workshops.

In addition, the event will offer a chance for educators to share experiences, engage in dialogue, and keep up with international trends affecting architecture and design education, the SPA said.