Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

  • Saved from drowning in Alkhobar were a father and his two children
  • In Yanbu, a naval patrol rescued two Bangladeshi fishermen

ALKHOBAR/YANBU: Saudi Border Guards rescued five people in two separate sea mishaps over the weekend.

In the first incident, a maritime patrol saved a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.

Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call from a woman saying her husband and two daughters, aged 2 and 8, were out swimming and had not returned to the beach.

Search and rescue teams, along with ambulances, were sent to the spot and saved the man and his daughters. All three are now in good condition, the spokesman said.

Al-Aklabi stressed the importance of following safety measures listed on the beaches, which include swimming only in designated places.

Rescued in the second incident were two Bangladeshi fishermen who got stranded in a boat in the Red Sea off the western city of Yanbu.

Colonel Maher Al-Morai, media spokesman for the Border Guards in Madinah region, said the command center received a distress call on Saturday that a boat with two men aboard got wrecked in the Shaab Al-Wasl area in Yanbu.

A naval patrol was dispatched to the wreck site and the fishermen were rescued, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

Updated 31 March 2020

38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

  • The quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, says director

JEDDAH: The number of people who registered with the Saudi e-training platform (Doroob) between March 16 and 26, across 365 various programs, has reached 38,000.

The director for the development of training programs at the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) and supervisor of Doroob, Mohammed Al-Shuwaier, said the training programs had been designed to promote distance learning and provide needed experience in all fields and specializations required by the labor market, in line with the governmental precautionary and preventive measures to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Al-Shuwaier noted that the quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, with more than 3,500 people befitting from the interactive training sessions broadcast last week on Doroob.

Nahla Abul-ula, an HR expert, said companies in Saudi Arabia had been encouraging employees to benefit from online training opportunities for a long time through state-supported platforms like Doroob or through independent educational platforms.

“However, the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has made people more accepting of such modern means in order to keep pace with the accelerating life events,” the HR business partner at IKEA said.

“We will definitely see an increasing reliance on e-learning options in the coming period if the crisis continues,” she said.

E-learning is an individual effort, where learners seek to obtain information by themselves and employ the acquired skills to develop their abilities and experiences. Abul-ula considers virtual learning no less effective than classroom learning.

She said that employees and job seekers’ focus on development in this critical time will not only allow them to grow and take advantage of free time in their schedule but “will also give them better opportunities after the crisis is over.”

Doroob was launched by HADAF as part of the training and qualification programs aimed at developing the skills of students, job seekers and those wishing to be promoted in their jobs, to increase participation in the private sector and help job seekers find suitable opportunities. 

Doroob is an integrated program that provides e-training programs and certification upon completion of requirements.

To register for the e-training courses, interested people can log on to doroob.sa.