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.  


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.