Saudi Mining and Minerals 2015 conference, exhibition set

Updated 23 October 2015
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Saudi Mining and Minerals 2015 conference, exhibition set

A Saudi Mining and Minerals 2015 conference and exhibition is being organized for the first time with the support of Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi to help shed light on how the Kingdom can achieve its global mining and minerals aspirations.
The conference together with an exhibition will be held on Oct. 27-29, at the Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Al Faisaliah Exhibition & Convention Centre in Riyadh.
“Saudi Arabia holds rich mineral resources like tantalum, niobium, REE, quartz, and iron ore among others that provide manufacturing opportunities to develop high value products for the growing demand of several advanced industries such as automotive, aerospace, solar and oil and gas.
Investors in these opportunities will benefit from the Kingdom’s competitive advantage in energy and the provided financial incentives, says Khalid Al-Salem, president, National Industrial Cluster Development Program (NICDP), a government entity set up to grow and diversify the Kingdom’s economy by developing targeted industrial clusters and leveraging its rich natural resources.
Another key speaker at the event, Paul Robinson, director at CRU Group, a global leader in mining and metals analysis, says phosphate is one commodity where Saudi Arabia is well positioned to become a leading regional supplier.
The Saudi Mining and Minerals Symposium 2015, jointly organized by MEED Events and Montgomery Star, will also feature an exhibition participated in by leading local and international companies showcasing the very latest products, services and technologies in the mining and minerals sector.
The first event of its kind in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Mining and Minerals Symposium is supported by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and the National Industrial Cluster Development Program, as well as Maaden, Atheeb, Outotec, Ali Salem Al-Raddadi Factory, Saudi Specialty Chemical Ind. Co. Ltd., ThyssenKrupp, SRK Consulting, and Roscoe Postle Associates, Inc.


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019
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Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.