Saudi Aramco First Marine Station in the Kingdom Supplies Yachts and Boats with Fuel

The Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at Hyvolution exhibition in Paris, France, February 1, 2024. (Reuters)
The Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at Hyvolution exhibition in Paris, France, February 1, 2024. (Reuters)
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Saudi Aramco First Marine Station in the Kingdom Supplies Yachts and Boats with Fuel

The Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at Hyvolution exhibition in Paris, France, February 1, 2024. (Reuters)
The Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at Hyvolution exhibition in Paris, France, February 1, 2024. (Reuters)

Saudi Aramco, one of the world's leading companies in the fields of energy and chemicals, announced on Saturday the opening of "Aramco Marina", its first marine station in the Kingdom to supply yachts and boats with fuel at the Jeddah Yacht Club on the Red Sea coast.

The station, which bears the new identity of the Saudi Aramco stations brand, is operated as part of the company’s efforts to contribute to developing the tourism sector in the Kingdom and the region. Its opening coincides with the Formula 1 Saudi Grand Prix that will take place in Jeddah on Saturday.

With a capacity of more than 65 million liters annually, the station provides diesel and gasoline to local and international customers.

Executive Vice President of the Business Sector for Products and Customers at Saudi Aramco Yasser Mufti said Saudi Aramco will continue to build various modern facilities to keep pace with the Kingdom’s efforts to establish comprehensive, advanced services by investing in the growth and contributing to the diversification of businesses and economy.

He added that the opening of the station represents a new chapter in the endeavor to expand the company’s presence in the Kingdom, raise the quality of life and enhance technological standards by establishing pioneering retail fuel stations that provide distinctive customer service, and help business, travel and tourism sectors in the Kingdom advance, creating an additional value for the economy.

The Jeddah Yacht Club is distinguished by its view of the waterfront next to the Corniche Formula 1 racing circuit. It boasts the first marina for yachts and boats on the Red Sea coast, and can accommodate huge and luxurious yachts of up to 120 meters in length. Next to the marina, there are international restaurants and cafés overlooking the sea.



World Bank Says 1.8 Mln Additional Ukrainians in Poverty

FILE PHOTO: People queue for meals from World Central Kitchen food truck on a street in Kherson, Ukraine February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: People queue for meals from World Central Kitchen food truck on a street in Kherson, Ukraine February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
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World Bank Says 1.8 Mln Additional Ukrainians in Poverty

FILE PHOTO: People queue for meals from World Central Kitchen food truck on a street in Kherson, Ukraine February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: People queue for meals from World Central Kitchen food truck on a street in Kherson, Ukraine February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

The number of Ukrainians living in poverty has grown by 1.8 million since 2020, bringing the total to about 29% of the population as Russia's 2022 invasion continues to ravage the country's economy, the World Bank said in a report.
The situation would be much worse if Ukraine had not received substantial foreign budget support to pay old-age pensions and salaries for teachers, doctors and others, according to Arup Banerji, the World Bank's regional director for Eastern Europe.
"If international partners, especially the US, had not crowded in resources specifically tailored to these social expenditures, then there would have been three million more people in poverty," he told Reuters in an interview.
The World Bank report, based on monthly phone surveys of up to 2,000 households, estimated that some 9 million Ukrainians were living in poverty last year. The country's total population is now estimated to be around 32 million.
The increase in poverty was driven by declining employment, with more than a fifth of adults who were working before the war having lost their jobs, it said.
It noted that nearly one-quarter of Ukrainians surveyed did not have enough money to buy food at some point in June 2023, although a rebound in economic growth and slowing inflation had helped to improve food security in the second half of the year.
Banerji said US passage of fresh Ukraine funding after months of delay was "fantastic" news which would help ensure Ukraine's continued ability to keep up payments for salaries, pensions and social assistance.
The report showed that 85-92% of health clinics in Ukraine were still fully operational in 2023, despite ongoing Russian attacks.
It said at least 89% of children aged 6-18 also remained in school, although in areas facing active hostilities 72% of those students were attending school online.
The survey also showed that 97% of old-age pensions and 85% social assistance transfers were paid on time, a key factor in preventing even more from falling into poverty. Pensions and other social assistance had helped compensate for job losses in vulnerable households, it found.
Banerji said Ukraine's biggest challenge remained security and ending the war, but Ukrainian officials had done a great job running the economy under the circumstances.
"There can be no economic prosperity or economic growth without physical security," he said, adding, "But I've never seen a government that has done so much with so little."