Saudi disability research center assists 3m disabled in Saudi Arabia

Updated 12 October 2017
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Saudi disability research center assists 3m disabled in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) has provided services to 3 million elderly or disabled people — approximately 10 percent of the Kingdom’s population — over the last decade, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the KSCDR’s board of trustees.
Prince Sultan made his statement on Tuesday following a press conference to announce the fifth International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation, which will take place in Riyadh in April 2018.
“We are in the country of the Two Holy Mosques and Islam is the first to be aware of the issue of disability and its causes, and the rights of disabled people,” he said.
He explained that the center sees disability research as a process owned by the Kingdom’s citizens, not just an organizational process between various ministries and institutions. He stressed the need for citizens to understand the meaning of universal access and its importance to people with disabilities.
Prince Sultan added that a supervisory committee is already in place to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to implement universal access in the Kingdom.
He added that the KSCDR has signed more than 35 agreements and memoranda of cooperation with a number of governmental and private institutions to implement the program.


‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. (AN photo)
Updated 24 September 2018
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‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

  • Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life

JEDDAH: “Our History is Misk,” supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, is being organized at the historical site of Jeddah.
The event is bringing nostalgia through a number of scenes that embody the life the city witnessed decades ago.
It comes as one of the activities of the foundation’s initiatives center and is part of its role in encouraging creativity and promoting national values in society.
The activities include an open theater to portray the professions of Jeddah citizens in the past. A number of local actors brought 20 extinct professions back to life through their performances.
One of the actors sits in the center, playing the role of the mayor, who used to help the people and solved their differences. Also showcased were the “decorator,” who is similar to barbers nowadays, the distribution of fabrics used in houses at the time, the selling of water in alleys for nominal amounts of money, and the restoration and cleaning of shoes.
Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. In them, people with all kinds of professions met to drink tea and listen to a storyteller.