Arab Coalition led by KSA receives thanks from Al-Balsam

Updated 27 May 2018
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Arab Coalition led by KSA receives thanks from Al-Balsam

  • Al-Balsam International Organization aims to perform 10 open heart surgeries
  • Saudi Arabia to grant permits to international humanitarian organizations and associations and facilitate their entry into Yemeni territories

JEDDAH: Executive Director of Al-Balsam International Organization Dr. Emad bin Abdullah Bukhari has extended thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Crown Prince for their efforts in facilitating the mission of the humanitarian organization in Yemen.
He appreciated the logistical support provided by the Arab Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia.
During its current visit, Al-Balsam International Organization aims to perform 10 open heart surgeries and 90 interventional therapeutic catheterizations as well as to examine and treat 200 people in radiology clinics and departments.
This came after the positive results achieved by Al-Balsam in the successful treatment of heart patients in Yemen (Mukalla) during May and its conducting many heart surgeries for some patients in need, including (12) open heart surgery and (125) catheterization for adults and adults.
It also came at the request of the Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population, based on a request from Nabd El Hayat Center located in the city of Mukalla on the need for urgent surgeries for other numbers of heart patients in need.
The provision of logistical support needed by Al-Balsam International Organization comes as a continuation of the ongoing efforts of the Arab Coalition led by the Kingdom to grant permits to international humanitarian organizations and associations and facilitate their entry into Yemeni territories.
It also comes within the comprehensive humanitarian operations plan of Arab Coalition Forces in Yemen to alleviate Yemeni people’s suffering due to the war being waged against them by Iranian-backed Al-Houthi militias.


World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Alkhobar city in eastern Saudi Arabia on her way to Bahrain on June 24, 2018. (AFP / HUSSAIN RADWAN)
Updated 25 June 2018
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World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

  • As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips
  • The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet 

JEDDAH: The world awoke on Sunday to images and video footage many thought they would never see — newly empowered Saudi women taking the wheel and driving their cars.

As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-time drivers.

The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

“I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream,” she said.

In a tribute to Saudi female drivers, the Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji released a special video of a song she performed live in Riyadh at a concert last December “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars,” she said. “Congratulations on this achievement, this one’s for you!”

Back home in Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was euphoric. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah Algosaibi said as she cruised around the city of Alkhobar. 

“Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she said, pointing to the back.

“I feel proud, I feel dignified and I feel liberated,” said Saudi Shoura Council member Lina Almaeena, one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

She told Arab News that the event was changing her life by “facilitating it, making it more comfortable, making it more pleasant, and making it more stress-free.”

Almaeena urged all drivers to follow the traffic and road safety rules. “What’s making me anxious is the misconduct of a lot of the drivers, the male drivers. Unfortunately they’re not as disciplined as they should be. Simple things such as changing lanes and using your signals — this is making me anxious.

“But I’m confident: I’ve driven all around the world when I travel, especially when I’m familiar with the area. It’s really mainly how to be a defensive driver because you have to be.”