Where We Are Going Today: Civilization Lab

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Updated 12 June 2020

Where We Are Going Today: Civilization Lab

Civilization Lab is a space that offers access to high-tech and “no-tech” tools that are essential for creating, building, exploring, learning and making.

It aims to encourage people to convert their ideas into products and to become producers instead of just consumers.

It was launched last summer in Jeddah and was founded by two enthusiastic mothers — Zeina Hashim and Ayat Felimban — who were on the hunt for the best after-school activities for their kids.

The space offers different courses including woodwork for kids, workshops for grownups to explore hobbies and a messy space for young children to create new things. Digital fabrication tools — such as a CNC, UV printer,  vinyl printer and cutters — are on hand so that budding creators can bring their ideas to life.

Civilization Lab is not just a space for play, it also enables visitors from ages three to 99 to explore and make their own games. One of the most recommended educational toys is the robot family. It comprises a group of four wooden robots, including a super cute baby robot complete with a pacifier. The models require assembly and help to deliver core woodworking skills such as sanding, nail-screwing, and safe hammering.

The robots can be purchased individually so that each family can buy a set of robots representing each member of their family. It is a way for kids to pass the time constructively, as well as something they can do with their loved ones.

You can find the lab at Abdullah Dahlan Street, 

Al-Rawdah district, Jeddah. Its products are available on Instagram @civilizationlab.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”

 

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