UN thanks Kingdom for helping Syrian refugees

Updated 22 August 2015

UN thanks Kingdom for helping Syrian refugees

JEDDAH: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed its thanks to Saudi National Campaign for Syrian refugees for the provision of dates for more than 20,000 families in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
The coordinator of the commission in the national campaign Hovig Etyemezian said that the Saudi campaign has had a good effect on improving the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in the camp through comprehensive efforts.
He added that the commission, in cooperation with the World Food Organization and "Save the Children" program has distributed dates provided by the Saudi National Campaign for Syrian refugees during the first half of this year.
Etyemezian praised the services provided by the campaign for the Syrians, adding: "The UNHCR and its partners appreciate this great generosity provided by the campaign through its various programs to improve the living conditions of the refugees there."
The Saudi National Campaign during the dates project supplied 70,000 kilograms that benefited 10,120 Syrian families living in Al-Zaatari refugee camp.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.