Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the event to mark 10 years since the founding of the society. (SPA)
Updated 30 May 2018
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Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

  • Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Monday, patronized a celebration to mark 10 years since the founding of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia).

The ceremony, attended by board members, dignitaries, supporters and guests, began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. 

This was followed by a speech from Harakia Chairman Nasser bin Mohamed Al-Mutawa, who thanked Prince Sultan for patronizing the ceremony.

Al-Mutawa highlighted Prince Sultan’s support for people with special needs, and said Harakia has over the last 10 years carried out programs and services benefiting more than 120,000 physically disabled people nationwide, at a cost of more than SR90 million ($24 million). 

Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards, he added.

In his speech, Prince Sultan hailed King Salman for his support of people with special needs, following in the footsteps of the Kingdom’s founders. 


‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

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‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

  • The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25
  • The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential

RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed the program for a high-profile gathering of global leaders, business chiefs and innovators in Riyadh next week.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part.

More than 150 speakers from 140 different organizations have confirmed their attendance for the event which was hosted for the first time a year ago and was quickly dubbed “Davos in the Desert” — a reference to the annual World Economic Forum hosted each year in the Swiss resort.

The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential.

“FII is a global platform focused on identifying future economic trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development,” the PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Monday.

“Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world is undergoing a period of large-scale economic and technological transformation. FII will convene global leaders, investors and innovators to discuss how businesses, governments and global institutions can work together to drive long-term growth and prosperity.”

The next installment of FII will include a panel called “One World” — a look at how leaders from business and government develop a collective vision for the future.

Other sessions cover digital currencies, capital flows, market drivers, immersive technology, sustainability and giga-projects such as NEOM, the vast development announced at last year’s FII.