Jeddah International Book Fair’s tale of success

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Under the theme “Tolerance and Peace,” the event highlighted heritage and tradition, and featured more than 60 workshops in fine arts. (SPA)
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Under the theme “Tolerance and Peace,” the event highlighted heritage and tradition, and featured more than 60 workshops in fine arts. (SPA)
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Under the theme “Tolerance and Peace,” the event highlighted heritage and tradition, and featured more than 60 workshops in fine arts. (SPA)
Updated 04 January 2019
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Jeddah International Book Fair’s tale of success

  • The fair also featured a discussion on “Books as an awareness vessel” moderated by Hana Al-Majlad

JEDDAH: More than 50,000 visitors a day, publishers from 40 countries and 180,000 titles on offer — the numbers tell the remarkable success story for the 4th Jeddah International Book Fair.
Jordan, Sudan and Yemen were among dozens of Arab and Islamic countries taking part in the 10-day fair, which ends on Saturday.
Under the theme “Tolerance and Peace,” the event highlighted heritage and tradition, and featured more than 60 workshops in fine arts, photography and calligraphy, as well as seminars, lectures, and plays focusing on social and cultural topics.
Abdullah bin Hassan Al-Kinany, general supervisor at the Ministry of Information for Cultural Affairs, said that visitors to the fair were able to explore “a variety of subjects catering to different tastes and segments of society.”
Highlights of the fair included a play under the theme “A Thousand and One Half Arabian Nights” and a symposium examining “Saudi Arabia through the eyes of female emigrants.”
The fair also featured a discussion on “Books as an awareness vessel” moderated by Hana Al-Majlad.
Visitors to the event also saw a photography exhibition focusing on biodiversity in the US, while folklore shows were presented by Jordanian, Sudanese, Yemeni and Pakistani communities in the Kingdom.


Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

Updated 16 February 2019
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Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

  • The sailor was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea
  • Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters.
A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah (JMRCC) had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation.
He was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea.
The JMRCC located the boat, contacted its captain and liaised with a doctor at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital to provide medical guidance until the evacuation could be carried out.
Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort.
The patient was evacuated by helicopter and moved to Prince Mohammed bin Nasser Hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan, where he received medical treatment. He is in a stable condition.
The yacht was accompanied to Jazan, following coordination with the port’s administration.
The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.