Medical city to be built in Riyadh

Khaled Al-Jawhar, second right, with Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri, second left, following the signing of the agreement in Amman on Tuesday. (AN photo)
Updated 29 March 2017
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Medical city to be built in Riyadh

AMMAN: A medical city for rehabilitation and treatment, which will be built in Riyadh according to an agreement signed between Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Monday, will have more than 1,100 beds, Khaled Al-Jawhar, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Saudi side, said on Tuesday.
Al-Jawhar said the idea came about because of the high demand on medical services, especially in the field of physical disabilities, in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.
The estimated cost of the project, to be built on 1.2 million square meters, amounts to SR1.3 billion ($346.6 million).
“Large numbers of GCC citizens have been spending millions in pursuit of these kinds of medical services in foreign countries, hence the need for this distinguished project, which will include specialized centers for scientific research on this kind of treatment in foreign countries,” he said.
“The project is expected to generate more than 3,000 jobs and serve more than 170,000 patients a year. It will include three hospitals, equipped with the latest technologies in the medical field, with a capacity of more than 1,100 beds, in addition to a compound of hotels that will provide patients and their escorts with proper accommodation,” said Al-Jawhar, adding that the project is in line with Vision 2030, which stresses the importance of the health care sector and services offered to the public.
The head of the Private Hospitals Association, Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri, told Arab News on Tuesday that the medical complex will be comprehensive, offer Saudi citizens and residents unique medical services on a par with international levels, and create jobs for Saudi youths.
“This is a very promising project, and will hopefully trigger more cooperation and investments between the two sides, considering the huge opportunities the private sector in the two countries can offer to the business sector,” Al-Hammouri said, adding that Riyadh was selected after extensive studies that showed the need for this project.
According to a statement sent to Arab News, the complex will comprise a 600-bed hospital specialized in treatment and therapy of physical disabilities, a 250-bed public health hospital, and a 250-bed hospital for health care and convalescing patients.
It will also include a hotel with 120 beds and 12 suites, 223 tourist villas, 152 hotel villas, 448 furnished apartments distributed among 56 buildings, a commercial mall, recreation and gym centers, gardens and mosques.
A medical faculty specialized in rehabilitation therapy will also be established in the compound, in addition to water-treatment and electricity-generation stations.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.