Saudi relief center distributes thousands of portions of sacrificial meat in Pakistan

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, distributed sacrificial meat in Pakistan to 38,304 people in August 2019. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2019

Saudi relief center distributes thousands of portions of sacrificial meat in Pakistan

  • 5,472 portions of meat were brought in from Saudi Arabia and distributed to needy and poor families in Pakistan
  • KSrelief has been helping people in different parts of Pakistan over the years

ISLAMABAD: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, distributed thousands of portions of sacrificial meat in Pakistan to poor families, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The distribution of meat near the occasion of Eid Al-Adha is an annual feature.
“A number of 5,472 portions of meat were distributed to the needy and poor families, widows and orphans, benefiting 38,304 people,” SPA said.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, worker hands sacrificial meat to an elderly person in Pakistan in August 2019. (SPA)

Following the completion of the Hajj, pilgrims from around the world gather to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Saudi Arabia, and slaughter sacrificial animals, including goats, sheep, cows and camels, to mark the festival.
Due to the sheer quantity of resulting and leftover meat, a mechanism was devised by Saudi authorities to collect and preserve the meat, and then distribute it to different Muslim countries for humanitarian relief, including in Pakistan.
In the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Embassy handed out 4,700 food baskets among the poor in the country and earlier this month, Saudi Envoy to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki launched an assistance program to facilitate flood victims in Azad Kashmir alongside a team from KSrelief, after heavy rainfall and flooding killed more than 30 people in the area. 
In December last year, the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, visited the KSrelief Center in Saudi Arabia and lauded the Kingdom’s repeated humanitarian assistance for Pakistan.

Organizers promise ‘exceptional’ Saudi National Day celebrations

Updated 16 September 2019

Organizers promise ‘exceptional’ Saudi National Day celebrations

  • We are keen to have the largest international events to create an exceptional season, says GEA CEO Amr Banaja

RIYADH: Fireworks, concerts, festivals and international performances will be among the highlights of the 89th Saudi National Day celebrations this year.

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced a season of record-breaking events for the annual celebration.

At a press conference in Riyadh on Sunday, GEA CEO Amr Banaja said that Saudi citizens and residents can enjoy a number of entertainment activities planned across 13 regions of the Kingdom as part of the National Day season being supervised by the GEA from Sept. 19 to 23.

“The GEA is proud to oversee the Saudi National Day Season activities by launching a unified identity that brings together the society under “Himma Hatta El-Qimmah,” Banaja said, inspired by the words of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: “The Saudis’ strength is like that of the Tuwaiq mountain.”

The GEA was proud to be overseeing the occasion, Banaja said. “We are keen to have the largest international events to create an exceptional season befitting this dear country,” he said.

“This year fireworks celebrations will continue for several days where more than 700,000 shots will be fired at an altitude of up to 300 meters, accompanied by music,” he said.

Celebrations will be held in all regions during the season, and visitors will be able to enjoy a range of activities that reflected the unity of the nation and the cohesion of the people and leadership.

“Distinctive international shows designed especially for the National Day will be held in Riyadh from Sept. 21-23,” he said.

Fireworks will light up Jeddah over Al-Hamra Corniche accompanied by sound and light effects and laser shows.

At the five-day Dhahran Exhibition in Dammam starting on Sept. 19, the world’s largest theatrical producer “Cirque du Soleil” will present a specially designed show for Saudi National Day.

Forty artists will present 14 shows of acrobatics, sports, music, and dance. Eight concerts will also be held in a number of regions where, besides international stars, Saudi and Gulf artists will present patriotic songs.

The concerts will begin on the first day of the season on Sept. 19 at Al-Jouf University Stadium in Sakaka with performances by Khaled Abdulrahman and Nabil Shuail.

The next day, a concert will be held at King Khalid Sport City in Tabuk staged by artists Abdullah Al-Rowaished and Aseel Abu Bakr.

On Sept. 21, Majid Al-Mohandes and Dalia Mubarak will perform at Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Musaed Stadium in Hail.

On Sept. 22, two concerts will be performed at King Abdullah Sports City in Buraidah by artists Rashid Al-Majid and Balqees Fathi; the second at Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Jazan by “The Artist of Arabs” Mohammed Abdo and Turki.

On Saudi National Day (Sept. 23), three concerts will be held in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

Thousands will gather at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh to listen to singers Hussein Al-Jasmi and Abadi Al-Jawhar.

In Jeddah, Rabeh Saqr and the artist Waad will perform at King Abdullah Sports City, while in Dammam, and in the Green Halls in Riyadh, Kuwaiti singer Nawal and the artist Ayed will entertain the audience.

Five forums will take place in five cities, where a number of speakers will present inspirational events.

Forums will be held in Madinah and Tabuk on Sept. 19, while in Abha and Buraidah the forum will be held on Sept. 21 and in Hail on Sept. 23.

Banaja said that the GEA had created 150 smartphone apps for the National Day celebrations with 40,000 downloaded so far.

He thanked the security authorities for their efforts to make the season a success, and all government, private and nonprofit sectors for their contribution.

The programs were mostly free, he said, though there were some concerts for which tickets could be purchased online.

There will also be a major aero show in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province, and a Saudi falcon show will be organized in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.