The Place: Beauty of Taif Heritage


  • Taif is famous for its magnificent tourist attractions such as museums, parks, flea markets, fruits, roses and aromatic flower farms, as well as cultural attractions.

Many Saudi families still maintain traditional attire and encourage their children to learn more about the clothing of their forebears.
Photographer Afnan Al-Samhan captured this award-winning image of a child in Taif province wearing traditional dress. The photo was one of the winning images in the Colors of Saudi Contest. Taif is famous for its magnificent tourist attractions such as museums, parks, flea markets, fruits, roses and aromatic flower farms, as well as cultural attractions such as Souk Okaz, which has been improved by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage through the organization of the Souk Okaz Festival during the past few years.

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KSRelief launches humanitarian projects in Somaliland

Time: 25 September 2020

Hassan Mohammed Ali, Somaliland’s minister of planning and national development, thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting the nations of the Islamic world in general, and Somaliland in particular.

HARGEISA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched projects with a total value of $2.2 million in Somaliland, it announced on Wednesday.

The projects, launched in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council, will reportedly benefit around 100,000 people and cover the fields of women’s and children’s rights, water, environmental sanitation, and education.

Hassan Mohammed Ali, Somaliland’s minister of planning and national development, thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting the nations of the Islamic world in general, and Somaliland in particular.

The assistant director of KSRelief in Africa, Youssef Al-Rahma, said the projects form part of KSRelief’s relief and development efforts in Somaliland across several sectors, in addition to raising awareness to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a related development, Najd Health Center in Yemen’s Socotra governorate continues to provide medical services with the generous support of KSRelief in cooperation with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The center provides vital services to pregnant women, mothers and children. Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and appreciation to KSRelief.

KSRelief has also been distributing food baskets to Syrian and Palestinian refugees and the most-vulnerable Lebanese families in several parts of Lebanon.

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Saudi women and their pioneering role


We celebrate the 90th anniversary of Saudi National Day, in which we remember the epic story of the unification of this dear country under the banner of the founder, His Majesty King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud.

On this occasion, we draw inspiration from the role played by Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman, one of the influential female figures in the establishment of this country. She contributed to shaping the public scene in the early years of the establishment of the third Saudi state. This is a clear indication of the presence of Saudi women and the effectiveness of their role in political, historical and social developments at the state level.

Since its unification, women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have enjoyed the attention and support of the leaders of this country to contribute to its growth and advancement in various fields, right up to the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

Under his reign, women have witnessed an exceptional era of support and care, enabling them to gain professional and scientific achievements, and to succeed in translating this confidence into achievements gained nationally, regionally and globally.

At the national level, Saudi women today play a pivotal role based on the principle of full participation in the system of building and development under Vision 2030. They are an important part of society, given their capabilities and energy that can be harnessed to build their future and that of their homeland, where women have successfully occupied various professional and developmental positions.

As for the regional level, Saudi women quickly grabbed the spotlight due to their high competence and qualifications that have contributed to enhancing their role in international societies. This is what the Arab Women’s Committee has adopted by declaring Riyadh the capital of Arab women for the year 2020.

Globally, Saudi women occupy a prominent position today, having gained confidence in performing national missions and contributing on a larger and greater scale in the international arena, representing the Kingdom through external governmental institutions and international organizations.

On this national anniversary, we must all look to the future. Our wise leadership has created all the conditions and opportunities in favor of women. We must ask: Where do Saudi women stand today among the women of the world? There is no doubt that Saudi women are living today one of their most brilliant historical stages, and in an exceptional state that enables them to truly participate. They must invest this golden age in creating the future and the space of empowerment granted to them in the service of their homeland.

Women must realize their identity and what they want to be in the future, especially after the adoption of laws and the approval of reforms to prove that they are up to the responsibility and confidence that the leadership and society have given them.

We are entitled to be proud of the changes that women have witnessed, and the changes that have been achieved at the cultural and social levels. Therefore, I believe that Saudi National Day is not just a national occasion, but an opportunity to examine the developments that Saudi women have contributed to in their country, and to draw the features of the future, on whose doorstep they stand today.

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Umrah app will increase competition, enrich pilgrim experience, says a Saudi official

Time: 24 September 2020

The first phase of the gradual return will include allowing citizens and expatriates from within the Kingdom to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30% from Oct. 4. (Supplied)
  • External agents who used to control everything will no longer do so

MAKKAH: The Kingdom’s new Umrah app will create a competitive business environment that will improve pilgrim services and enrich the pilgrim experience, according to a senior ministry official.
I’tamarna is aimed at enforcing health standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making it easier for people to book their journeys. It also offers booking services that pilgrims can use ahead of their arrival in Makkah for accommodation, transport and recreation.
Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, said that the app’s launch should push companies to provide people with a broader and better range of services.
“When we provide high quality services at competitive prices, the pilgrim will find himself drawn to these companies, especially when companies work hard to provide the best services at a competitive price to local pilgrims,” Al-Maddah told Arab News.
He added that external agents who used to control everything related to Umrah will no longer do so as they were just agents and did not own facilities. Their job was to represent and market Umrah companies abroad.
According to Al-Maddah, new measures had fixed this problem and organized the relation between Umrah companies and their external agents to be strictly marketing-based.
“The newly adopted measures will free Umrah companies and motivate them, especially at a time when bookings are being performed through several electronic platforms. This allows foreign pilgrims to directly deal with Umrah companies through the phone, the app and additional means other than the external agents. This will liberate the Umrah companies and improve their performance, allowing them to market their services inside and outside the Kingdom.”
Saudi Arabia said earlier this week that it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in phased return, while taking the necessary precautions. The decision was made after assessing the developments of the pandemic and in response to the desire of Muslims around the world to perform the ritual.


I’tamarna offers booking services that pilgrims can use ahead of their arrival in Makkah for accommodation, transport and recreation. Pilgrims can download the app on Sept. 28.

“The launch of the app came due to the coronavirus pandemic, its repercussions and preventive measures that require specifying the number of pilgrims,” Al-Maddah said. “There is a capacity that should not be exceeded. This is what prevents the overcrowding of holy sites and limits the spread of the virus among pilgrims.”
He said that the operational capacity was calculated through the Ministry of Health’s Tawakkalna app, with the pilgrim using I’tamarna to book an Umrah appointment that was time-specific and accompanied by anti-coronavirus preventive measures.
The first phase of the gradual return will include allowing citizens and expatriates from within the Kingdom to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 percent from Oct. 4, the equivalent of 6,000 pilgrims per day.
The second will increase the capacity of the Grand Mosque to 75 percent, which would include 15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 worshippers a day from Oct. 18.
In the third phase, pilgrims from abroad would be allowed to perform Umrah from Nov. 1 with a capacity of 20,000 pilgrims and 60,000 worshippers per day.
The fourth stage will see the Grand Mosque return to normal, when all COVID-19 risks have gone away. Pilgrims can download the app on Sept. 28.

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Shanina Shaik stuns on David Koma runway

Time: 23 September 2020

David Koma Spring 2021 ready-to-wear. Instagram

DUBAI: Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik made her London Fashion Week return on Sept. 22 following months of self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The model — who is of Saudi Arabian, Lithuanian, Pakistani and Australian descent — took part in the audience-free David Koma Spring 2021 showcase this week.

Inspired by the sport of tennis and the plethora of female athletes he’s dressed, the London-based designer’s spring 2021 offering was a glamorous take on athleisure.

Shaik wore three different looks, including a black body-con asymmetric minidress with crystal embellishments.

The 29-year-old also donned flower-embossed terry dresses.

“Thank you for having me be a part of your show and such a memorable event,” Shaik captioned a snap on Instagram.

Koma, who has played tennis since the age of four, filmed the catwalk video at a private house with its own tennis court in the countryside.

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How Saudi Arabia kept COVID-19 at bay

Time: 23 September 2020

An aerial view shows deserted streets in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on April 21, 2020, as the message “stay home” in Arabic is displayed on a tower during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (Photo by Bandar al-DANDANI / AFP)
Saudi Arabia managed to keep the enemy from its soil for two months, buying precious time to build up its defenses. (AFP)
  • From its peak in June, Saudi Arabia’s daily new cases have dropped below 500

LONDON: At the height of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, June 17 passed unremarked on, as just another day in Saudi Arabia’s hard-fought battle against the worst public health crisis the country has ever seen.

In future, however, June 17 might be seen as an appropriate date for the people of Saudi Arabia to remember their nation’s epic battle against the microscopic enemy that brought the world to its knees — for that was the day the number of daily new cases in the Kingdom peaked.

At the time, the day’s tally of 4,919 cases seemed daunting. In fact, the tide of battle had turned in favor of the Kingdom. After that, slowly but steadily the number began to drop. From its first case on March 2, Saudi Arabia had broken the back of the pandemic in just 107 days.

COVID-19 emerged in China in early January, spreading rapidly around the world, but Saudi Arabia managed to keep the enemy from its soil for two months, buying precious time to build up its defences.

“We were luckier than many other countries because our cases started a little bit later,” said Dr. Hani Jokhdar, deputy minister for public health, speaking in August at the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit. “This gave us a small opportunity to develop our systems, watching and observing what was happening in the rest of the world.”

Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries in the world to set up laboratories to test for the coronavirus, with tests available for anyone with symptoms from March 5 onward. Over the next five months more than five million would be carried out.

‘We witness the fruits of our labor today.’

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly

In February, travel to and from infected countries was quickly curtailed, culminating in a ban on all international flights by March 15. Restrictions on internal travel followed shortly after.

And on Feb. 27, Saudi Arabia took the unprecedented but necessary step of suspending Umrah visas for foreign pilgrims. The Kingdom would also take the lead in closing mosques.

Saudi Arabia’s defences were finally breached on March 2, thanks to two citizens who had returned home infected from Bahrain, neglecting to mention that their journeys had begun in Iran, a country already in the grip of the disease.

Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia, the last of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states to be hit by the virus, was better prepared than many countries for what was coming. A raft of apps — some established, others developed quickly in the face of the new disease — allowed citizens and residents to report symptoms, book virtual appointments and access testing.

Such technology would also play a vital role in the management of Hajj. As the custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, from the outset Saudi Arabia was keenly aware of the consequences for itself, the region and the entire planet if it failed to manage the pilgrimage effectively.

This year the decision was taken to limit numbers to a symbolic 1,000, selected from nationals and foreigners already in the country. Careful screening, monitoring and meticulous management ensured that, in this remarkable year, Hajj passed off without a single case of COVID-19.

Throughout, Saudi Arabia’s battle against the virus has been led from the very top. On March 19, King Salman addressed the nation on television. The Kingdom, he said, “continues to take all precautionary measures to confront this pandemic and limit its effects. We depend on the aid of God Almighty, then on deploying our full capabilities, supported by your strong determination to face adversity with the steadfastness of believers at the forefront.”

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Neither Saudi Arabia nor the world is out of the woods yet. But as the global daily tally of cases continues to rise, hitting a record high of over 316,000 on Sept. 11, for a total of 31.2 million cases and 965,372 deaths, so Saudi Arabia’s daily caseload continues to shrink, even as restrictions have been relaxed and life in the country has begun to return to normal.

On Sunday, the number of daily new cases dropped below 500 for the first time in five months. As Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said: “We witness the fruits of our labor today.” The “huge improvement,” he added, was thanks to “everyone’s efforts.”

Let there be no doubt that, with a total of 329,271 cases and 4,458 deaths recorded by Sunday, Saudi Arabia has suffered in 2020.

But one has only to look at how badly many other states have fared — including some of the most powerful and advanced countries in the world — to realize just how much worse this terrible year might have been for the Kingdom, were it not for its preparations and timely and decisive actions.

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A national day on an international stage

Time: 23 September 2020

Last year’s Saudi National Day came just 10 days after the attacks on the Kingdom’s oil production in Abqaiq and Khurais. In that time, oil production had been restored and the attempt to cripple the world’s largest oil processing facility instead became a symbol of the country’s resilience in the face of adversity.

Fast forward a year and the Kingdom’s national day again coincides with a period of adversity, though this time shared by the world at large.

Once again the Kingdom is demonstrating its resilience amid an unprecedented downturn in global oil demand caused by the coronavirus.

During this 90th national day celebration, Saudi Arabia is chairing the G20 in what is a critical crossroads for the global economy.

While the pandemic prevented physical gatherings from taking place, the Kingdom continued to steward the virtual meetings of world leaders and helped to galvanize action to curb the impact of the virus and rebalance an energy market that had been badly hurt by falling demand at a time of copious supply.

The speed with which a deal was reached was, in part, an acknowledgment of confidence among other countries in the Saudi vision for restoring order to the energy market.

That entailed orchestrating the largest oil output cuts in history, with 20 producers from inside and outside OPEC, in order to contain the largest oil demand shock the world has ever seen. This unique pact between OPEC and other producers outside the group — now in its fourth year — has kept oil markets on an even keel despite the most ferocious of headwinds.

Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco, remains the most profitable among its peers, while many other companies in the sector have had a much tougher time in adjusting to what has become known as “the new normal.”

For the wider oil industry, the second quarter was unsurprisingly much worse than the first, and the steep losses incurred by oil companies does not bode well for future investment in key energy infrastructure as they slash expenditure across operations and exploration.

Weaker oil prices that fell to historic lows in April and similarly weak refining margins have resulted in losses for many industry titans, but not, it is worth noting, for Saudi Aramco which managed to achieve a net income that exceeded the profit of the five major international oil companies combined. It will also make good on its dividend commitment to shareholders despite the extraordinary events of recent months.

Beyond the oil sector, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) has also prospered and seized on new opportunities across a number of sectors and industries helping it to increase its global profile.

During the pandemic, its assets jumped to some $390 billion compared with about $360 billion last August. This takes it a step closer to fulfilling its Saudi Vision 2030 target of $400 billion by the end of 2020.

• Faisal Faeq is an energy and oil marketing adviser. He was formerly with OPEC and Saudi Aramco. Twitter:@faisalfaeq.

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How Saudi doctors fight COVID-19 abroad

Time: 23 September 2020

A woman wearing a protective facemask walks past a paste-up by French street artist Ardif in Paris, depicting a Marianne and a member of the medical staff as a tribute to thank the caregivers, on May 15, 2020, as France eases the lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19, (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
Many of the more than 6,000 Saudi doctors across 41 countries on medical fellowship programs abroad continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. (Supplied)
  • Many of the more than 6,000 Saudi doctors in medical fellowship programs abroad are fighting COVID-19 in 41 countries

MAKKAH: Many of the more than 6,000 Saudi doctors across 41 countries on medical fellowship programs abroad continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, doing their diligent duty to help people across the globe.

These doctors have shown dexterity in combating the coronavirus pandemic alongside colleagues from their host countries. A substantial number of those Saudi doctors refuse to leave despite the dangers, remaining in the countries where they are studying to help their fellow colleagues in the battle.

Dr. Abdullah Boqays, a fellow working as a dermatologist in cancer hospitals in Toulouse, France, told Arab News that 2020 has been a frightening year for many medical care workers.

“Doctors with various specialties have fought competently since the start of the pandemic, especially the ones dealing directly with infected patients, not only while working in hospitals, which make them more vulnerable than others in terms of infection, but also while dealing with patients who suffer from a weakened immune system,” he said.

Dr. Boqays told Arab News that the staff in his department of skin tumor and dermatology have had to deal with a number of follow-ups and consultations with visiting skin cancer patients, many of whom are at advanced stages of the disease or have weakened immune systems due to chemotherapy or immunosuppressants.

Tumor-removal surgeries have continued despite the pandemic, Dr. Baqis said. “The work environment, as well as behavioral and ethical practices, obliges us to continue the treatment, regardless of the reasons and methods used. Delaying chemotherapy drugs, administering  immunosuppressants or not performing curative surgeries might have disastrous consequences on the patients. We rely on God first, take the necessary precautionary measures to meet the demands of patients, support them and alleviate their pain,” he said.

“Even though we are far from our precious country, we are at peace because our wise government — under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — supports us and cares for Saudis abroad,” Dr. Boqays said

Abdullah Modhayan, a psychiatric resident at the Skane University Hospital in Malmo, has been in Sweden since 2015. “There are more than 50 Saudi doctors on a medical fellowship program in Sweden, working in various medical specialties in different cities, and most of them were on the frontline in the Swedish health system,” he said.

“Some of my colleagues on a medical fellowship program were infected with COVID-19, and quickly returned to their positions to help their colleagues in the Swedish health sector after they’d recovered. It is noteworthy to mention that the work achieved by Saudi doctors in Sweden was and still is appreciated here.”

The Kingdom vs. COVID-19

How Saudi Arabia acted swiftly and coordinated a global response to fight the coronavirus, preventing a far worse crisis at home and around the world.

Sweden made headlines for its soft strategy in combatting the pandemic: The government did not close down shops, restaurants or cafés, and did not impose a quarantine for its citizens and residents.

“This decision had major consequences at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden,” Dr. Modhayan said. “The mortality rate was one of the highest in Europe, which was difficult on the health sector and its status amid a real challenge. Saudi doctors played an efficient role in the face of this challenge here.”

During the pandemic, Dr. Modhayan has been working in the psychiatric emergency department. He noted the psychological effect on individuals, most notably on those who lost loved ones to the coronavirus. “Providing psychological support and treatment for those who need it is very important, especially in such difficult circumstances,” he said.

Dr. Abdulghani Khogeer, a nephrologist surgeon (specializing in kidney and urinary tract diseases), has been living in France for the past seven years as part of a Saudi-French fellowship program and has seen firsthand the disastrous effect the pandemic had on France.

“Similar to other countries, France fought the coronavirus vigorously in the beginning, which required suspending non-urgent medical activities. This had a major effect on the workflow, as we followed remote procedures at clinics, canceled non-urgent operations, rescheduled surgeries, canceled clinics and followed other procedures. That required our constant presence and readiness to help in departments combating the virus such as the emergency department, performing many necessary surgeries during that time.”

Dr. Khogeer is grateful to the Kingdom’s embassy for its support and constant communication during this critical period. “I pray to God to protect us and help us return to our country safely, in order to serve it with all our learning and knowledge,” he said.

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Museum telling Jeddah’s historic story to open in 2022


The building, designed in typical Jeddah style, bears white walls made of a heady mix of coral stones extracted from the nearby reef along the Red Sea shores, and purified clay from nearby lakes. (Photo/Supplied)

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KSrelief Virtually Signs a Joint Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF for Yemen

Time: 21 September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) virtually signed today a joint cooperation agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven various projects in Yemen, at a total cots of USD 46,000,000 – part of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.

The three agreement was signed by the Advisor-Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, with the UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam.

The agreement aims to support the access of Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic “COVID-19” to educational opportunities through distance learning, and developing preparedness plans to safely return to schools. It also aims to support building the capacities of educational personnel and institutions by providing training programs and raising awareness to deal with the pandemic; in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and local channels in 20 governorates in Yemen. Another aim is to support the access of Yemeni children to quality education opportunities by equipping schools, providing educational supplies for students, and building the capacities of the educational staff in the governorates of Abyan, Aden, Al Bayda, Dhamar, Dhale, Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Amant Al Asemah, Amran, Raymah, Sa’dah, Shabwah, Taiz, Al Mahrah, Ibb, Hadramawt, Ma’rib, Sana’a, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Lahij, and Socotra.

Moreover, the agreement includes enabling children and their families to access psychosocial support and mental health services in 19 Yemeni governorates, as part of the Child Protection Project in Yemen. In addition to an emergency response to “COVID-19” in targeted health facilities in 9 governorates by securing all equipment to receive patients in the ICU, including ventilators, patient monitors, and AED/Defibrillator. Also, establishing 60 respiratory triage points in hospitals and primary health care centers, providing personal protection equipment for medical staff, and training health staff on the measures taken to address the outbreak of the pandemic. As well as integrated emergency health response to ensure continuity and expansion of services, with the aim of supporting the resilience of the health sector during the pandemic. Achieving the resilience will be by building a new warehouse in accordance with standard procedures to storage health supplies in a suitable place supported with furniture and equipment needed. In addition to purchasing necessary medicines for health centers and hospitals for children’s diseases, including antibiotics, fever reducers and watery diarrhea medicines.

The agreement also includes the operational cost of a large group of hospitals and health centers, and securing personal protection items for medical staff in all Yemeni governorates. As well as reducing injuries and deaths due to malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women in 8 governorates, that have high levels of acute malnutrition, through maintaining the provision of life-saving interventions and preventive nutrition in conjunction with primary health, and WASH interventions.

After the signing, Dr. Al Rabeeah stated, “Under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Macaques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince, we sign today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s agreement, represented by KSrelief, with UNICEF.” He pointed out that this important agreement is part of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen 2020, with a value of USD 46 million for 16,851,000 recipients in Yemen. He explained that this agreement includes seven projects. The first is a health project (USD 11,200,000) for 4,400,000 recipients, the second is a WASH project (USD 9,200,000) for nearly 2.5 million recipients, and the third project is to combat malnutrition for children and mothers (USD 7,600,000) for nearly 175,000 recipients. The fourth project is to fight COVID-19 (USD 4,000,000) for 9,000,000 recipients, and the fifth project is for health awareness and education about COVID-19 epidemic (USD 2,000,000) for nearly 230,000 recipients. The sixth project is to support education (USD 8,000,000) for nearly 252,000 recipients, and the seventh and last project is for protection and prevention (USD 4,000,000) for 241,000 recipients.

Dr. Al Rabeeah concluded by appreciating the strategic partnership between KSrelief and UNICEF that contributes to human suffering everywhere.

The UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous and continuous support for the UNICEF’s programs in Yemen. He noted that the USD 46 million grant will assist UNICEF in providing support to children and their families in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH, education and protection. It also supported UNICEF to combat the COVID-19 epidemic in Yemen by training health personnel and providing medical and other supplies.

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