Saudi Arabia to start granting female gym licenses this month

Princess Reema bint Bandar
Updated 12 February 2017
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Saudi Arabia to start granting female gym licenses this month

RIYADH: Licenses will be granted for women’s gyms by the end of February, Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports, told local daily Okaz.
A target is in place to open gyms in every district and neighborhood, it was reported.
Three ministries are set to take part in this process, including the labor, rural affairs and commerce ministries.
Licenses will not be issued for gyms that offer competitive activities, such as football, volleyball, basketball and tennis. The focus will instead be on techniques that contribute to weight loss and fitness, such as swimming, running and bodybuilding.
Workshops and seminars will be held within two months, in order to motivate women to invest in gyms.
As for the high cost of women’s gyms, the authority is working on finding solutions through involving entrepreneurs in what is known as “micro-business.”
Social rejection of women’s sports can be avoided through explaining the enormous benefits of sports for overall health, according to the princess.
“It is not my role to convince the society, but my role is limited to opening the doors for our girls to live a healthy lifestyle away from diseases that result from obesity and lack of movement.”


Makkah governor: Basmat Jeddah Gardens project will be harmonized with Jeddah's new airport

Updated 22 July 2018
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Makkah governor: Basmat Jeddah Gardens project will be harmonized with Jeddah's new airport

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and adviser to King Salman, stressed the importance and aesthetic value of the Basmat Jeddah Gardens project, harmonized with the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport. He also underlined the need to join efforts to complete it on time.

During a meeting attended by representatives of relevant bodies in Jeddah on Saturday, Prince Khaled reviewed the workflow phases that included the clearing and filling of the gardens’ soil, along with required infrastructure works.

Basmat Jeddah Gardens cover 600,000 square meters, including the construction of 19-meter high poles supported by laser lights, representing the pillars of Islam. Two large structures will be built, featuring the word “Jeddah” in Arabic and English, and 20,000 trees and 75 palm trees will be planted along with more than 176,000 square meters of natural and artificial grass with a sophisticated irrigation system.

The project is part of the development of the southern facade of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, in line with the directions of the Makkah governor to eliminate the industrial zone of Al-Nozha neighborhood and develop it in accordance with the new building system adopted by the Jeddah municipality.