Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Cake Decoration Center

Updated 08 June 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Cake Decoration Center

  • For the biggest varieties of baking goods in the city for individual bakers

Baking is an ever-expanding pastime. Bakers want to keep exploring and it can be quite frustrating when you can’t find the tools to make your chosen item. The Cake Decoration Center (CDC) on Hira Street, Jeddah vows that no baker will have to face such frustration.

They provide one of the biggest varieties of baking goods in the city for individual bakers, from all shapes and sizes of baking tins to all sizes of spatulas. You can also find molds in silicon or tins to make other types of desserts such as chocolates.

CDC does not just sell tools, they also sell high-quality ingredients such as chocolate chips, ready-made fondants and frostings, gel food colors and different flavored fillings for cakes. Such ingredients are rare finds in Jeddah.

Bakers’ visits to CDC make them feel like there is nothing that can come between them and that dessert they want to try but can’t because of a lack of tools.


Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

RIYADH: Preclinical studies on the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 have been completed.

Professor of epidemiology Dr. Iman Almansour, who heads the team of researchers working on the vaccine at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), confirmed to Arab News on Friday that the studies were complete, and said clinical trials would begin as soon as “the proper approvals” had been given.

She did not specify when that is expected to happen.

The Ministry of Education is financing the team’s project. The team’s research paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmaceuticals.

The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen.

Dr. Iman Almansour, professor of epidemiology

According to the published paper, the vaccine has so far proven effective, when used on animals, in eliciting antibodies that will target the virus. “The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen,” Dr. Almansour explained.

Dr. Turki Almugaiteeb, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RPD Innovations, which runs the National Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center, told Arab News: “There is a great focus on the results of medical research because of the pandemic. Research can play a great role in developing a vaccine that can be adopted and further developed in the future. We can say that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, which can help produce and manufacture a national vaccine.”

Both Almugaiteeb and Almansour stressed that the experimental vaccine will need to go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Prof. Nasser Al-Aqeeli, the deputy minister of education for research and innovation, said the ministry supported programs at the Kingdom’s universities with more than SR500 million ($133.3 million) in 2020.