Health minister receives top UAE medical award

Updated 12 December 2012
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Health minister receives top UAE medical award

RIYADH: Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah was awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences for outstanding medical personalities in the Arab world on Monday.
The health minister received the award from Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai and minister of finance and industry, at the 7th Dubai International Conference for Medical Sciences held at the Sheikh Rashed Hall of Dubai International Convention and Exhibitions Center.
As a commemorative gift, Al-Rabeeah presented a book, “My experience with conjoined twins”, at the conference. The book highlighted the progress and achievements made by the Kingdom and by Al-Rabeeah, who has been a pioneer of separation surgeries of conjoined twins in the Kingdom.
Al-Rabeeah performed the first separation surgery in the Kingdom in December 1990 at Riyadh’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital.
Under his leadership, Saudi Arabia has a team of top surgeons specialized in the separation of twins with the experience of treating 63 twins from 17 countries, of which 28 have been successful.
Following the receipt of his award, Al-Rabeeah said the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates had been enjoying age-old fraternal relations, which would help the two countries to cooperate with each other in the health sector too.
He explained that the health goals of the GCC countries are common, and many things are worked out through the GCC Health Ministers Council for the welfare of the citizens in the region.
Thanking Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the honor bestowed on him, Al-Rabeeah said he deemed it as an honor given in appreciation of a noble and humanitarian profession.
The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences for outstanding medical personalities is annually given to distinguished personalities who have dedicated their life to the development of medical science in the Arab region. The objective of this award is to recognize the work that influenced the medical development of excellence in the Arab region and community.
The winners are selected through recommendations from health ministries of the countries from the Arab world and based on the individual’s scientific and academic achievements, which are reflected in his/her personal contributions and dedications for the medical development in the Arab world.
Since its establishment in 1990, 28 physicians and volunteer workers in the area of humanitarian services have won the prize.
The winners included Americans, Britons, Australians, Italians, Germans and a Finn besides winners from the Middle East region.


Saudi Arabia’s journey: From 1932 to 2030 and beyond

Saudi Arabia has embarked on a plan to boost renewable energy. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia’s journey: From 1932 to 2030 and beyond

  • The outdated views about the Kingdom do no justice to the modern Saudi Arabia of 2018 — nor to where it’s heading
  • Saudi Arabia is rich in its youth, its leadership, and its bold plan to transform over the next 12 years in a way it has never done before

RIYADH: There are several shorthand terms for Saudi Arabia bandied around in the press: “Oil-rich,” perhaps, or “the desert Kingdom.”

Neither, of course, does justice to the modern Saudi Arabia of 2018 — nor to where the Kingdom is heading over the next 12 years.

On Sept. 23, Saudi Arabia observes National Day, in recognition of the date in 1932 on which the country was founded by King Abdul Aziz, known in the West as Ibn Saud.

It was during King Abdul Aziz’s reign that oil was discovered in commercial quantities, when in March 1938 “black gold” was struck at the site known as Dammam Well No. 7, or “the Prosperity Well.”

And prosper Saudi Arabia did. The oil boom brought untold riches to the Kingdom — yet the country became over-reliant on the energy industry, forming what Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called an “addiction” to oil.

It is the crown prince’s bold — and, say many, ambitious — Vision 2030 reform plan that aims to overcome that addiction. 

The plan, unveiled in 2016, is a comprehensive blueprint for the future, laying out a strategy, and clear targets, to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism.

Under the spirit of the plan, a raft of changes have already taken place. Musical concerts and cinemas have made a comeback, women have been given the right to drive as of June this year, and the economy has opened up more to foreign investment. 

Saudi Arabia — despite, as some news outlets tell us, being so “oil rich” — is also embarking on a plan to boost renewable energy. As part of the Vision 2030 program, Saudi Arabia plans to meet 10 percent of its power demand from renewable sources by 2023 — and it fully expects to exceed this target. The country’s planned megacity — the $500 billion NEOM project, announced last year — will run entirely on renewables. 

It is for these reasons that Arab News is looking forward, rather than back, on this year’s National Day.

In our Saudi National Day section, we delve into myriad aspects of this changing Kingdom, from how the youth — surely the country’s most valuable resource — perceive the future of the country, to the various megaprojects underway, women’s empowerment, and the entertainment revolution being seen in country where cinemas, until very recently, were banned. 

This is complemented by a new section on the Arab News website called “Road to 2030” where you will find all the latest news, analysis and opinion about the reforms. 

As is becoming increasingly clear to the world, Saudi Arabia is no longer a “desert Kingdom,” nor will it be oil-rich forever. 

It is rich in other ways: In its youth, its leadership, and its bold plan to transform over the next 12 years in a way it has never done before.