FaceOf: Reham Afandi, Saudi breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor

Reham Afandi
Updated 29 October 2018
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FaceOf: Reham Afandi, Saudi breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor

  • Reham Afandi's journey with breast cancer has been a story of hope, bravery and faith for Saudi women
  • She encourages other women diagnosed with cancer to deal with the situation with a positive frame of mind

Reham Afandi is a Saudi breast cancer survivor and a Zumba instructor since 2013. 

Afandi is a 34-year-old mother of two, and a Zumba coach, based in Jeddah. Her journey with breast cancer has been a story of hope, bravery and faith for Saudi women. 

Afandi began sharing her recovery story with other women through motivational speeches and by supporting and participating in awareness campaigns and events in Jeddah city. She has been interviewed several times by Saudi newspapers, radio, and TV channels. 

Before being diagnosed with cancer, Afandi did not have any health issues. One day, however, she felt a lump in her breast. She visited her doctor who after a biopsy revealed she had cancer and would have to receive chemotherapy and a radical mastectomy, which meant the complete removal of her affected breast. The doctor also informed Afandi that there was a possibility that she might lose her other breast as well. 

In an interview with Sayidaty program on Rotana channel, she said: “I was extremely shocked ... but I had to convince myself that everything shall pass. I had to be strong and fight through for the sake of my children, I live for them.” 

For Afandi, Zumba training was her source of hope, strength to fight through the painful experience. She stresses the importance of psychological support and encouragement, and that according to her, begins from the inside, from one’s heart.  

She encourages other women diagnosed with cancer to deal with the situation with a positive frame of mind. 

Afandi is a licensed Zumba instructor. She is licensed to teach different types of Zumba classes including high-intensity workout classes, as well as Zumba for young children.  


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.