Danube Online celebrates Saudi women on International Women’s Day

Updated 10 March 2018
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Danube Online celebrates Saudi women on International Women’s Day

Danube Online, the largest e-commerce grocery platform in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, has revealed on the occasion of International Women’s Day that Saudi female millennials are powering the growth of e-commerce in the Kingdom. They constitute up to 60 percent of users on the grocery e-commerce platform.
The Danube app, which launched in 2017 and has quickly expanded operations across the Kingdom, also revealed young Saudi women are catalyzing a change in consumer behavior when it comes to grocery shopping, leveraging technology to acquire daily household necessities, with almost 50 percent of Danube Online’s repeat buyers falling into the female millennial catergory.
“Danube Online is at the forefront of e-commerce in the Kingdom by providing an online grocery shopping experience that is convenient, fast and easy with cutting-edge technology. We are delighted that the millennial female population in Saudi Arabia has been the fastest adopters of the Danube app and are driving the growth of e-commerce in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is approaching a time in history, where more and more women are not only entering the workforce but assuming key leadership positions,” Majed M. Al-Tahan, co-founder and CEO, Danube Online.
He added: “We celebrate International Women’s Day with all of the women of Saudi Arabia and through Danube Online hope and wish to serve them in a small but meaningful way, having groceries delivered to their doors from easily shopping online at the click of a button.”
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8.


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019
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Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.