Prince Faisal reviews new health projects in Madinah

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman
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Updated 30 October 2020

Prince Faisal reviews new health projects in Madinah

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman spoke of the support and attention attached by the Saudi government to the health sector of the holy city, during a video conference on Thursday.
This was to provide the best ambulatory, preventive and curative services for worshippers at the Prophet’s Mosque and residents of Madinah — and during Hajj and Umrah seasons — according to the highest international health standards, he said.
This came during a video conference, organized with the participation of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, during which Prince Faisal reviewed new health projects carried out by the Health Ministry in the central area of Madinah. The projects cover the development of the new Al-Ansar Hospital, Al-Salam Hospital, as well as health care centers.
Prince Faisal reviewed the details of the Al-Ansar Hospital project, considered the primary center for urgent care and emergencies serving worshippers at the Prophet’s Mosque. It is the first of its kind to be implemented by the Ministry of Health under a new system with the participation of the private sector.
The hospital will occupy a space of 35,013 sq m and have a capacity of 244 beds. The project includes emergency, surgical and medical departments, an intensive care unit and a sunstroke and heatstroke unit. The project is expected to be ready in 36 months.
Prince Faisal also reviewed the project of the Al-Salam Hospital, overlooking the Prophet’s Mosque, with an operational capacity of 61 beds. The hospital will provide all urgent medical services that were provided at Al-Ansar Hospital as well as urgent care services through pre-screening clinics. The project is expected to be ready in six months.
Al-Rabiah said that the projects would promote medical care for patients, including Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as well as residents of the city, and would improve the performance of health facilities.


Ambitious plans unveiled for luxury new Saudi mountain resort

Updated 27 September 2021

Ambitious plans unveiled for luxury new Saudi mountain resort

  • Oppenheim Architecture has created 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms for the site designed to protect and preserve the environment and highlight the region’s cultural heritage

JEDDAH: Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a new resort in the Saudi mountains designed to blend modern architecture into the natural landscape.

The Red Sea Development Co. project, one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious regenerative tourism schemes to date, will see luxury accommodation built into rocky outcrops commanding stunning valley views.

Developers behind the Desert Rock resort adopted a design philosophy of building with the land, not on the land.

John Pagano, chief executive officer at TRSDC, said: “We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty. Desert Rock will provide guests with uninterrupted spectacular views while preserving the natural landscape for future generations to enjoy.”

Oppenheim Architecture has created 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms for the site designed to protect and preserve the environment and highlight the region’s cultural heritage.

“We have drawn inspiration from the surrounding environment, while providing unparalleled luxury, allowing guests to connect with nature and create memorable experiences,” added Pagano.

Materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure, with stone going into interior and exterior walls and floors, and sand and gravel being used for concrete aggregate.

Construction began in July, and the resort has been designed to reduce energy consumption and regenerate native flora. Water retention and distribution systems will be used throughout the site, with harvested rainwater creating a more green, flourishing wadi. The first hotel guests are due to check in at the end of next year.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the Red Sea Project in July 2017. Elements of the first phase of the flagship scheme are set to open in 2022. Upon full completion in 2030, the project will comprise 50 hotels offering up to 8,000 rooms and 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.

The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment and leisure facilities, and an international airport.


Riyadh Season 2021 coming to a desert near you

Updated 27 September 2021

Riyadh Season 2021 coming to a desert near you

  • The Riyadh Season is expected to provide a mixture of exclusivity and modernity, turning the Saudi capital into a preferred destination for visitors

JEDDAH: Under the slogan #Imagine_more, Riyadh Season 2021 begins in less than a month and offers events and activities for all.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority, on Saturday announced the launch of the 2021 Riyadh Season on Oct. 20. It will cover an area of 5.4 million square meters across 14 districts in the capital city.

Al-Sheikh said that after the success of Riyadh Season 2019, this year’s events would be organized by Saudi teams.

The season will host 7,500 events, including 70 Arab concerts, six international concerts, 10 international exhibitions, 350 theater performances, 18 Arab plays and six international plays, in addition to one free-wrestling championship, two international matches, 100 interactive experiences, 200 restaurants and 70 cafes, all catering to a range of tastes and age groups.

Nour Fahed, who visited Riyadh’s last season in 2019, told Arab News how excited she was to be attending this year’s events. “I went to the Riyadh Season twice and I was overwhelmed with the things that I saw,” she said. “I could not believe my eyes and I was proud that my country is making international events like this.” 

Hams Nabeel, who went to Riyadh for a business trip during the season, said: “I tried some of the exotic pop-up restaurants in the season, but my favorite activity was going to the Winter Wonderland theme park. I liked how I saw and met so many foreigners and I am aiming for another adventure this year.”

Another guest, Majid Al Assiri, said that he made the most of the activities on offer during the last Riyadh Season, visiting Winter Wonderland, the boulevard, Diriyah festivals, MDLBEAST. “It will be a fantastic season, especially now that people already have an idea of what to expect from last season,” he said.

“Not to mention the second season of MDLBEAST: 2019 was a blast, it was cold because but the experience itself is unique and the first of its kind,” Assiri said. 

The Riyadh Season is expected to provide a mixture of exclusivity and modernity, turning the Saudi capital into a preferred destination for visitors. It will also contribute to achieving national goals such as raising the level of the entertainment-sector industry, creating job opportunities, growing economic returns and attracting foreign investment.

More details will be announced at a press conference on Oct. 4.

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RIYADH SEASON

Riyadh Season is the biggest part of Saudi Seasons, a series of themed entertainment, artistic, sporting and cultural events held throughout the Kingdom to boost tourism and business opportunities, and providing jobs for Saudi nationals. Riyadh Season 2021 alone will host 7,500 events, according to the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA).

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Updated 27 September 2021

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Loay Mashabi has been the deputy minister for logistic services at the Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services since April 2021.

He has also been a board member of Saudia Cargo from August 2021 and a board member of Saudi Exports from June 2021.

Prior to his current position, Mashabi was the deputy governor for planning and development at Saudi Customs from September 2019 to March 2021.

He served as the chief operating officer of the Al-Soudah Development project, later known as Al-Soudah Development Co., at the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, from February 2019 to August 2019.

From January 2017 to December 2018 Mashabi was general manager at LogiPoint Services, previously known as Isnad, the operator of the largest bonded and re-export zone in Saudi Arabia located at Jeddah Islamic Port.

From September of 2013 to December 2016, he worked as general manager at Petroleum and Energy Logistics and Services Co.

His professional career began in September 2006 at Saudi Aramco as a petroleum production engineer, and he continued to work as a senior production engineer at the oil giant until April 2013. This strong foundation in a well-governed giga-company helped to shape his career and he later moved to PETROGISTIX.

Mashabi received his master’s degree in business administration from the London Business School, a constituent college of the University of London, UK (2016-17).

He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (2002-2006).

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Diriyah Gate signs deal with Saudi Human Resources Development Fund to train cadres

Updated 27 September 2021

Diriyah Gate signs deal with Saudi Human Resources Development Fund to train cadres

RIYADH: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund within the framework of enhancing cooperation in the area of human resource development, supporting, training and recruiting Saudi women and men.

It aims to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the job market – as part of DGDA’s plans to nationalize jobs and develop national cadres and competencies.

The MoU includes raising the awareness of Diriyah’s community of skills required for jobs, through organizing workshops and training programs, as well as honing skills and readiness for the job market.

It also includes exchanging data, statistics and studies between both parties and working on enhancing on-the-job training through the Tamheer program.

Hadaf commended DGDA’s plans and strategy in training and developing the national cadres and nationalizing jobs. It noted that one of its main goals is the increasing the roles of Saudis in economic growth, preparing young people to participate in the Kingdom’s development, and promoting and assisting all sectors to implement the ambitious nationalization programs.


Islamabad welcomes Saudi Arabia's initiative of 600 scholarships for Pakistani students

Updated 27 September 2021

Islamabad welcomes Saudi Arabia's initiative of 600 scholarships for Pakistani students

  • 600 scholarships will be available at 25 Saudi universities to Pakistani students residing in Pakistan and in the kingdom
  • Pakistani education authorities say they hope students will take full advantage of the initiative

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's education authorities on Sunday welcomed a new initiative by Saudi Arabia to grant 600 scholarships to Pakistani students to pursue higher studies at universities in the kingdom.

The scholarship program of the Saudi education ministry was announced by Pakistan's embassy in Riyadh last week. It covers tuition, lodging, return air tickets, a three-month furnishing allowance for married student), medical care and a monthly stipend of between 850 and 900 riyals for Pakistani nationals to complete undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

“It is a great initiative of Saudi government and we want our students to take full advantage of it,” Farah Hamid Khan, federal education secretary, told Arab News. “We will publish it on the website of education ministry on Monday, so that information can reach out to maximum students.”

This undated file photo shows a teacher conducting a lecture in a class at the Mohammed Almana College for Health Sciences in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. (Photo courtesy: uoregon.edu)

Higher Education Commission spokesperson Ayesha Ikram also welcomed the program.

"It is hoped Pakistani students will avail this to improve their academic qualification," she said.

The scholarships will be available at 25 universities in the kingdom to students residing in Pakistan and those who have been living as expats in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan's ambassador to Riyadh, Bilal Akbar, told Arab News.

“Universities in the kingdom enjoy international reputation, it is a handsome opportunity for Pakistani students to come to Saudi Arabia to study at the levels of diploma, bachelor, master and doctorate,” he said, expressing hope educational linkages would further strengthen Pakistan-Saudi ties and people-to-people contacts.

Some prospective students say they have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

“I was waiting for such opportunity for a long time. I would avail it to do post graduate (studies) in Islamic culture from Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh,” Sudees Akram, a student from Lahore, told Arab News.

“If I get admission under this scholarship, it will be like a dream come true."