Saudi National Guard minister visits conjoined twins after their successful separation

This Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf visits the twin in Riyadh. The twins’ parents expressed their gratitude to Saudi leadership for its support. (SPA)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Saudi National Guard minister visits conjoined twins after their successful separation

  • The surgical procedure was performed on the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • Prince Khalid said that the successful operation is a source of great pride for all Saudis

RIYADH: Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf visited conjoined twins Sheikha and Shumukh after they were successfully separated in an operation performed with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

Prince Khalid was received by the general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah; the CEO of National Guard Health Affairs, Bandar Al-Qanawi; and other officials. 

Prince Khalid checked on the health of the twins and was briefed on their condition and their post-operative care. He met with the medical team, led by Al-Rabeeah, who handled the twins’ separation. He expressed his appreciation and thanked them for their efforts and care. He also congratulated the twins’ parents on the operation’s success and wished them good health.

The twins’ parents expressed their gratitude to King Salman and the crown prince for their humanitarian gesture.

At the end of his visit, Prince Khalid congratulated King Salman and the crown prince for their support and care, saying that under their leadership the Kingdom is recognized for setting a great example in the field of humanitarian initiatives. He added that the successful operation is a source of great pride for all Saudis.


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.