Saudi medic scales Everest ... for a cause

Updated 26 April 2015
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Saudi medic scales Everest ... for a cause

Saudi dentist Dr. Nasreen Al-Hoqail said she embarked on an adventurous Everest journey to draw world attention to a rare disease of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which has hit her son Talal.
“I underwent intensive training for this difficult journey since December last year and acquired required skills to climb the Everest. By April 5, I reached 4,220 meters above the sea level and spent two days for acclimatization,” Al-Hoqail said in an interview with Al-Arabiya channel.
She said there was good response to her initiative aimed at informing society about ADHD patients and the need to provide them with advanced medical treatment.
“About 15% of Saudi children are affected by this disease,” said Al-Hoqail, adding that most of these patients do not receive high-quality diagnosis and treatment. “I did not set out on this journey just for adventure but to send an important message and hope this message reaches decision makers.”
There were 12 members in her team in addition to five Nepalese, a doctor and a guide. “While climbing the Everest I faced shortage of oxygen and severe cold weather,” she said, adding that there was big celebration when the team reached the peak. Al-Hoqail thanked her husband Rakan for his support. “My father and other family members were also following my journey and praying for me.”


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.