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.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.