Additional 2,200 beds set for 11 hospitals

Updated 19 March 2014
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Additional 2,200 beds set for 11 hospitals

The Ministry of Health on Monday announced that it is supplying 11 general and specialist hospitals and medical towers across the Kingdom with 2,200 beds.
“The Saudi government was allocated a SR990 million budget for 2014 and 2015 to furnish and equip several hospital projects and medical towers,” said Dr. Salah Al-Mazroua, deputy health minister for medical supplies and engineering affairs.
“These projects comes within the Health Ministry strategy for opening 45 new hospitals during the current year and next year,” he said.
Four mental health hospitals in Hail, Al-Kharj, Tabuk and Najran can accommodate up to 200 beds per hospital, while other hospitals in Hail, Qatif and Buraida can accommodate between 100 to 500 beds.
The Health Ministry opened 15 new hospitals with 3,450 beds across the Kingdom last year and plans to launch more hospitals and medical towers with 8,160 beds in 2014.
The ministry also plans to build special centers and health facilities for heart surgery and the treatment of tumors. The 132 hospital projects currently underway will create a total bed capacity of 38,739 beds in the country. This figure is expected to rise to 72,525 beds in 2019.
The Health Ministry aims to develop health facilities according to national and international standards to ensure equal distribution of easily accessible health services.


Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

Updated 26 March 2019
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Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

  • He said he hopes to support Saudi filmmakers through his recently launched production company
  • The festival, at Ithra, is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province

DHAHRAN: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. talked about his experiences in Hollywood, and the challenges he has faced during his career, when he appeared on Monday night at the fifth Saudi Film Festival, which is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province.
Known for his roles in movies such as “Men of Honor”, “A Few Good Men” and “American Crime Story,” among others, he has appeared in more than 85 films during a 30-year career on screen and stage. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
Gooding Jr. arrived for the event, at the King Abdul Aziz World Center for Culture (Ithra), accompanied by Claudine De Niro, the estranged wife of actor Robert De Niro’s son, Raphael. They were greeted by renowned Saudi film producer and Hollywood businessman Mohammed Al-Turki.
Gooding Jr. spoke to the audience at Ithra for almost 60 minutes about his long career and the challenges and pitfalls he had experienced on the road to success in the film industry. He also offered some advice to anyone interested in following in his footsteps.
“No one prepares you for success,” he said. “That’s why you see a lot of actors that star in movies, then disappear. Or you see athletes that make a $100 million and then they disappear, too. They weren’t ready for it.
“You have to envision yourself standing on that stage, holding an Oscar over your head, saying, ‘This is for the Middle-East’. You have to envision the script that you will write and envision being on that stage, holding that Oscar.
“People asked me after I won that Academy Award if I ever thought I would be on that stage. I always said, ‘Not in a million years.’ But that’s a lie. You have to envision yourself on that stage, winning that award, so that when you succeed it will feel normal, not like it’s something special, so that you can do it again.”
The actor also said that he intends to support filmmakers from Saudi Arabia and other countries through his recently launched production company.
Asked if he had any projects planned in the region, and Saudi Arabia in particular, he said: “I do, actually. I have a couple of things. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that there is a lot of great literature that I’ve read, a lot of different books, including Arabian Nights. It’s hard to talk about the things in development because you don’t want to give it away but there is definitely something in development.”