Makkah Cultural Forum finale attracts huge crowds

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, right, during the closing ceremony of the Makkah Cultural Forum.
Updated 07 April 2018
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Makkah Cultural Forum finale attracts huge crowds

JEDDAH: The closing ceremony of the Makkah Cultural Forum was held on April 5 at King Abdullah Sports City and under the patronage of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, who attended the event.
The theme was “How to be a role model.”
The forum was an initiative in line with the comprehensive Vision 2030.
The ceremony included a huge number of attendees in the closed hall of Al-Jawhara Stadium, which is also nicknamed The Shining Jewel, in Arabic or simply The Jewel. Entrance was free for all families.
The melodies of Hijazi folklore attracted a large number of visitors, and many traditional Hijazi dances were performed.
The forum’s aim was to build humanity in the Makkah region.
It also followed a strategy that prioritizes the importance of building a strong Saudi man who is able to improve his homeland and the civilization of his country.
What distinguishes the Makkah Cultural Forum is its adoption of an annual theme from which events, activities and programs draw their spirit and identity. The theme of this year’s forum was: “How to be a role model” — the role model in society who enhances its concept and leads its people to become better versions of themselves.
Areej Ibrahim, professor of English and comparative literature at Effat University, told Arab News: “This is my second year attending the closing ceremony of ‘How to be a role model.’ It is a very good cultural move as I can see women are filling the stadium. However, the fact that the country is promoting events of such value is proof of its strong steps to fulfill the Vision of 2030.”
She added: “Values do not always have to be didactic and give people advice in a moral way. Values can be instilled in people by art, fun and cultural gathering.”
The ceremony was closed by an orchestra performance that enchanted the audience. Mamdouh Saif, an international Saudi composer and music producer who has collaborated with some of the most prominent singers in the Gulf, was accompanied by 25 musicians.


Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

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Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

  • It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over Saudi Arabia
RIYADH: The 937 Service Center received 172,402 calls last week, Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday.
These calls included 11,151 complaints, 59,040 appointment requests, 192 hospital transfer requests, 42,343 medical consultations, and 59,676 inquiries, the ministry said.
The center provides a range of services, including the ministry’s updates, emergency calls, incoming and outgoing transactions, medical consultations, hospital transfer requests, as well as complaints about public and private health facilities in the Kingdom.
It is one of the most important initiatives launched by the Ministry of Health. It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over the Kingdom.