Schools suspended in Riyadh today over sandstorm fears

In this file photo, a traffic jam builds up in Riyadh during a sandstorm.
Updated 17 April 2018
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Schools suspended in Riyadh today over sandstorm fears

JEDDAH: Schools will be suspended in the national capital and a number of governorates in Riyadh province on Tuesday because of bad weather, the region's Ministry of Education said late on Monday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), General Director Hamad bin Nasser Al-Wahaib said the decision to suspend classes stemmed from a warning by the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection of a coming sandstorm.
Schools will also be suspended in the governorates of Rumah, Thadiq, Al Muzahimiyah, Huraymila, Al Diriyah and Dhurma, the education ministry said.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.