Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

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Saudi Red Crescent paramedics show to the press their emergency equipment, ahead of the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (File photo: AFP)
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ASAFNI applications is available to download for all smartphones.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

JEDDAH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched a new application to receive emergency services requests through smart phones in six different languages, with the aim of providing the best emergency services in the Kingdom.
The application, called “Asefni” or “Save Me,” allows users to communicate their distress to an emergency team via a phone call or text message, and are then able to track the status of their communication.


It also provides the emergency teams with the user’s location, as well as information about health facilities within their vicinity, emergency contact numbers for relief organizations, and the option of registering the user’s medical history.
There is a text-message-only option, designed to accommodate hearing impaired and special needs users, through which they can contact an emergency team without having to make any calls.
The Saudi Red Crescent seeks to provide the best emergency services to those in need by ensuring fast response to calls of distress, and increasing the accuracy of users’ locations.
Users are also able to send an urgent distress message in extreme emergencies to members of the Red Crescent and their next of kins through the SMS service.


King Salman heads 49th meeting of King Abdulaziz Foundation

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King Salman heads 49th meeting of King Abdulaziz Foundation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman headed the 49th meeting of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (DARAH) adminstrative board at his Yamama Palace on Monday.
The council announced a number of decisions related to the operation of the foundation and its activities, a statement in Saudi media said.
Among them was approving the development of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Prize for History Studies of the Arabian Peninsula. The development aims to keep pace with the goals the prize was established to achieve and invest in its success.
The council also approved a number of future plans, including establishing a center specialized for the traditional “Ardah” dance in Saudi Arabia.
They also include organizing activities at the Darah quarter to shed light on its national significance, as a center that plays an important role in supporting the scientific research community in the Kingdom.
The council has approved holding various evens at the site throughout the year.
The King Abdulaziz Foundation, founded in 1972 in Riyadh, was established to facilitate the study of the history of Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Arab and Islamic world.