Diriyah’s Wadi Safar project introduced in support of Vision 2030

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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority on Wednesday introduced the Wadi Safar project while showcasing plans in support of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030. (AN photo by Loai El Kellawy)
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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority on Wednesday introduced the Wadi Safar project while showcasing plans in support of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030. (AN photo by Loai El Kellawy)
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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority on Wednesday introduced the Wadi Safar project while showcasing plans in support of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030. (AN photo by Loai El Kellawy)
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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority on Wednesday introduced the Wadi Safar project while showcasing plans in support of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030. (AN photo by Loai El Kellawy)
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Updated 16 December 2023
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Diriyah’s Wadi Safar project introduced in support of Vision 2030

Diriyah’s Wadi Safar project introduced in support of Vision 2030
  • The gated community of Wadi Safar is set to become an oasis in the metropolis of Riyadh, in which three major resorts will be hosted: Six Senses, Aman, and Oberoi

RIYADH: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority on Wednesday introduced the Wadi Safar project while showcasing plans in support of the Kingdom’s transformative Vision 2030.

A number of distinguished guests attended Diriyah’s Bashayer event, where the project was announced.

The gated community of Wadi Safar is set to become an oasis in the metropolis of Riyadh, in which three major resorts will be hosted: Six Senses, Aman, and Oberoi.

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of DGDA, told Arab News: “These are three spectacular resorts that, over the next few years, will open.

“We have the legend Greg Norman, who is also the CEO of LIV Golf, here to do an exhibit for all our guests today on the Greg Norman 27-hole championship golf course, thanks to the vision of His Excellency Yasir Al-Rumayyan,” he added, referring to the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

“We also have the Argentine legendary Polo player, Nacho (Figueras). He is here to do an exhibit today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Royal Diriyah Equestrian and Polo Club,” Inzerillo said.

In line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030’s goal to make Saudi Arabia a global tourist destination, the DGDA has set a precedent for blending respect for heritage with forward-looking sustainable ventures through initiatives like Al-Bujairi Terrace, which has already become a major tourist attraction since its opening in 2022.

Six Senses Southern Dunes became the first hotel to open up at the Red Sea project, which takes pride in its homage to the region’s Nabataean architectural legacy in the Hijazi mountain’s desert escape. The brand will now venture into the center of the country.

Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, told Arab News: “Every property that we do, no matter where it is, has to feel very contextual. I want people to know, when they wake up, where they are.

“We’re absolutely delighted, one, to be in Saudi and, two, to be at Diriyah Gate, which speaks to the culture, the history, conservation — all the elements that really align with us as a company, particularly around our focus on sustainable developments and celebration of the countries that we operate in.”

Jacobs said there are plans to open four of their resorts in Saudi, and over 40 hotel brands will soon join Diriyah’s hospitality offering, including the Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood and Aman.

The DGDA is also dedicated to opening world-class sports and entertainment facilities, including the Royal Diriyah Golf Club and the Royal Diriyah Equestrian and Polo Club.

“I’m excited for what’s coming to the Kingdom for not just polo but all equestrian activities,” Figueras told Arab News. “I really believe in the connection that there is between the Arab community and horses. You guys have it in your blood, and you can see that.”

The player will be back in the country next month for the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo tournament.

The Bashayer event is a chance to explore and discover both Wadi Safar and Diriyah masterplans, from hotels and restaurants to museums and galleries, and marks a milestone for the company as it proceeds in its second phase of first-of-their-kind experiences in hospitality, culture, art, and entertainment and sport.

Diriyah is not only bursting with history, making it a UNESCO world heritage site, but also a “source of Saudi identity and our pride,” as Inzerillo said and the “birthplace of the nation.”

The Bashayer event will continue until Dec. 14 with more celebrations of Diriyah projects.


KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen
Updated 18 July 2024
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KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief continues to provide healthcare for vulnerable people in Sudan and Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday evening.

The project in Port Sudan for urology surgery, from July 13 to 20, involves 11 volunteers with training in various specialties.

The team members have already completed six surgeries.

A similar project is currently being implemented for orthopedic surgery in the Seiyun district of Yemen’s Hadhramaut governorate, with seven operations already completed.


Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans
  • Tel Aviv must end its ‘aggression’ and allow for urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza
  • UN failure to stop Israel driven by ‘short-sighted, selfish political interests,’ says Saudi envoy Abdulaziz Alwasil

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdulaziz Alwasil, on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that would compel Israel to end its war on Gaza.

Alwasil said Tel Aviv must comply with the Security Council’s own resolutions, which call for an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of aid into Gaza.

He said Israel, as the occupying power, must be forced to respect international law. This includes implementing the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures to end the genocide being perpetrated on the Palestinian people.

Alwasil said the UN Security Council, since the beginning of the assault on Gaza 10 months ago, has been holding “meeting after meeting to no avail.”

Meanwhile, the world continues to witness the Israeli “war machine deliberately targeting civilians and imposing the harshest forms of collective punishment by killing, displacing, starving and imposing a blockade on civilians.”

Alwasil added: “All of these blatant violations are happening before the eyes of the world and the international community continues to turn a blind eye.

“And this inaction pushed the occupation power, which is hiding behind a solid wall, to take advantage of this weakness and international silence to impose its inhumane, violent practices unabated.”

The Saudi Arabia envoy was speaking at a signature UN Security Council meeting called by Russia, which is holding the rotating presidency of the body for the month of July. It was chaired by Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Alwasil lamented the failure of the Security Council to stop the war, which he blamed on members of the body being bound by “short-sighted, selfish political interests that have impeded its ability to take the necessary firm actions to stop the Israeli aggression.”

“The failure by the international community and the Security Council to protect the innocent civilians has led so far to the killing of 38,000 people and the injury and maiming of tens of thousands, most of whom are women and children,” said Alwasil.

He added: “How can such a forced displacement that is recurrent in Gaza be justified? How can we stay silent in the face of this systematic starvation and deliberative blockade? How can the international community stand idly while a major humanitarian catastrophe is taking place before our eyes?”

Alwasil vowed that his country would continue to support the Palestinian right to self-determination and the establishment of a state on the lines of 1967 with East Jerusalem as the capital.

This would “ensure comprehensive justice (and) peace in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.”


Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Press Agency said early Thursday.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a call on Wednesday to Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned Israel’s targeting the UNRWA-run Al-Razi School in Nuseirat camp in Gaza, and Al-Attar area in Khan Yunis, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

The statement described the attacks as “a series of repeated violations by the Israeli war machine against defenseless civilians.”

Israeli airstrikes killed more than 60 Palestinians in southern and central Gaza overnight and into Tuesday, including one that struck an Israeli-declared “safe zone” crowded with thousands of displaced people.

Tuesday’s deadliest strike hit a main street lined with market stalls outside the southern city of Khan Younis in Muwasi, at the heart of the zone that is packed with tent camps. Officials at Khan Younis’ Nasser Hospital said 17 people were killed.

Saudi Arabia renewed its categorical rejection of the continuation of Israeli genocidal crimes, and demanded an immediate ceasefire and ensuring the protection of civilians, relief facilities and their workers.

“The Kingdom holds the Israeli occupation forces fully responsible for their continued violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws,” the statement read.

Saudi Arabia also reiterated the legal, humanitarian and moral responsibility placed on the international community to put an end to these ongoing violations of international law and international legitimacy resolutions by the Israeli forces.

The Kingdom said the failure to do so “not only reflects the inability and weakness of the international community institutions, but also portends consequences that go beyond this crisis and affect the foundations of international legitimacy and credibility, and the extent of our ability to maintain regional and international security and stability in the future.”

-With AP