Egypt, Yemen are top recipients of Saudi aid

Updated 19 May 2015

Egypt, Yemen are top recipients of Saudi aid

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has given Arab nations SR85 billion ($22.7 billion) in direct aid over 40 months, local media reported, quoting a report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Egypt captured the biggest portion at SR24.4 billion ($6.5 billion), with SR22.3 billion ($5.9 billion) delivered directly to the country. Saudi direct aid represented nearly 2.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Yemen was the second top recipient of direct aid, with SR14.3 billion ($3.8 billion) allocated, but only SR4.4 billion ($1.2 billion) delivered due to political developments in that country. Saudi direct aid represented nearly 8.4 percent of Yemen’s GDP, the report said.
Jordan was the third top recipient, with SR11.2 billion ($3 billion) allocated but SR7.2 billion ($1.9 billion) delivered. This represented nearly 8.1 percent of Jordan’s GDP, the report said.
Bahrain came in fourth, with the Saudi government allocating SR10.7 billion ($2.8 billion), which represented nearly 8.4 percent of its GDP. Oman was fifth at SR9.4 billion ($2.5 billion), representing nearly 3.1 percent of its GDP, the report said.
The West Bank and Gaza Strip were sixth at SR6.7 billion ($1.8 billion) which represented nearly 14.4 percent of the Palestinian GDP, followed by Morocco at SR6.1 billion ($1.6 billion), or 1.5 percent of its GDP, Sudan at SR2 billion ($527 million), or 0.8 percent of its GDP, and Djibouti at SR255 million ($68 million, or 4.3 percent of its GDP, the report said.

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

Updated 33 min 28 sec ago

Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

  • Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture

MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.

“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.

He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid.

Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.

“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.

He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”

The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.

“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.

He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.

As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.

Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.

“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.

He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.

“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”

He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.

The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.