Sanofi conference spotlights type 2 inflammations

Dr. Ahmed Siraj, general manager of Sanofi Saudi Arabia, spoke at the conference held in Jeddah Hilton.
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Updated 04 February 2020

Sanofi conference spotlights type 2 inflammations

Global health care company Sanofi recently organized a medical conference on type 2 inflammations, namely atopic dermatitis and severe asthma, at the Jeddah Hilton. The event, held under the auspices of the Saudi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, included speakers from various health sectors who highlighted latest technologies and Saudi Food and Drug Authority-approved medicines to treat the diseases.
In his opening speech, Professor Abdullah Al-Angari, president of the Saudi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, praised the society’s keenness to organize such important conferences to review the latest developments in type 2 inflammations, and to attract specialists from around the globe. “The scientific papers presented at the conference contribute to informing about the latest developments in treating these diseases. Sanofi Dupixent medication plays an important role in the treatment of the second type of immune inflammations, which include atopic dermatitis and severe asthma. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the few countries around the world that provide such a treatment for this disease,” he added.
Dr. Ahmed Siraj, general manager of Sanofi Saudi Arabia, said: “It is of utmost importance to develop cooperation between specialized Arab and international societies by exchanging experiences and knowledge and the latest developments in the treatment of the type 2 immune Inflammations, and the need to hold training courses for beginner Saudi doctors to hone their skills. The disease has several remarkable features, including its genetic aspects and family roots, its signs that include dry skin, allergy toward special types of food, sensitivity to exposure to dust and weather changes, etc., all of which must be taken into consideration when treating the disease.”
The two-day conference covered various topics, including the relationship between basic immunology and allergies, difficulties in dealing with type 2 immune inflammations, and the role of immune cells in disease and clinical trials, among others. Some local experiences with new Sanofi Biologic were also reviewed. The conference highlighted the best practices of treating type 2 immune inflammations from Canada and Saudi Arabia, where Professor Jason Lee conveyed the Canadian experience of immune diseases to the attendees.


UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Updated 02 April 2020

UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Al-Hamra, a real estate developer, services provider and investment company in the northern emirates, has created an economic relief package, which includes several initiatives to help ease the financial burden of its mall tenants, freehold owners, residents and customers, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement is in line with the UAE government and Ras Al-Khaimah’s objectives to support the economic environment and boost financial stability. The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Dedicated teams have been deployed to assess specific requirements of various businesses and individuals to provide economic relief and support. The tasked force is also reassessing cost-effectiveness of operations in order to pass on the benefit to the end users and customers.

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The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Benoy Kurien, group CEO of Al-Hamra, said: “We have been proud partners in shaping the real estate landscape of Ras Al-Khaimah and this pride comes with a responsibility to the emirate as well as to our partners and consumers who have contributed to our success. This pandemic is reshaping the way we think about community and has made one thing strikingly clear: Our interdependence. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that we recover from this period together, stronger and more resilient.

“We understand the predicament faced by all and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our economy. During these unprecedented times, we are more committed than ever to stand firmly by our valued partners and customers. Our initiatives aim to support business continuity by offsetting some of the impact, and to promote the welfare of the community. Our dedicated teams will reach out to our partners in the following days to understand and discuss their requirements and implement effective measures. We will continue to support the government, our customers and partners in all ways possible to overcome this challenging situation together.”

Al-Hamra has diversified interests in retail, residential and hospitality in Ras Al-Khaimah and owns iconic assets such as the award-winning master planned community of Al-Hamra Village, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah, Ritz Carlton Al-Hamra Beach, Manar and Al-Hamra Malls. The group is focused on providing premier lifestyle real estate developments, while investing in hospitality and leisure segments.