Saudi ministry planning special services for persons with disabilities

Visitors at the 2nd Health Festival for Persons with Disabilities at Alfaisal University, Riyadh. AN photo
Updated 17 April 2018
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Saudi ministry planning special services for persons with disabilities

  • The festival examined 300 children with disabilities
  • The ministry launched a service that allows persons with disabilities to electronically apply for financial assistance

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has organized an event in Riyadh to increase awareness about people with disabilities.
Al-Hejab bin Ahmed Al-Hazmi, deputy minister for social care and family, said the ministry is keen on developing services for persons with disabilities.
Al-Hazmi said the ministry is taking measures to increase awareness among the public on ways to care for persons with disabilities in an effective manner. The ministry organized the second edition of the Health Festival for Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) at the Alfaisal University.
The main focus of the event was to discuss ways to ensure better integration of persons with disabilities in society.
A large number of children with disabilities attended the event with their families. Special arrangements were made for thorough medical checkups. Health specialists examined the children to ensure their mental and physical well-being are satisfactory.
Al-Hazmi thanked the sponsors, partners, and volunteers for their efforts in achieving the goals set for this initiative and serving their fellow humans who require special attention.
Khulood Al-Shaya, director of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Unit at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said the festival is part of her department’s efforts, made in partnership with the private sector, to ensure the mental and physical safety of persons with disabilities.
She said that the festival examined about 300 children with disabilities with the help of 200 male and female volunteers in the medical and organizational fields.
“They assisted health professionals to examine the children, as they cannot express what they feel because of their disabilities,” she said.
The children also had a great time with their families enjoying the recreational activities.
The ministry recently launched a service that allows persons with disabilities to electronically apply for financial assistance through the ministry’s e-services offered on its website.
The service aims to offer financial support to persons with disabilities as well as facilitating communication between the ministry and the beneficiaries.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.