Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

A doctor prepares a syringe in a municipal vaccination centre in Nice, southeastern France, Sept. 9, 2009. (Reuters)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

  • The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones
  • A nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family

JEDDAH: Saudi patients will be able to order a flu vaccination administered in their own homes after the Health Ministry launched a mobile service with Careem.

The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones.

After selecting the vaccination, a nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family.

The service, part of a seasonal flu vaccination drive, will be available from Wednesday until Nov. 13.

The ministry said the service will be applied in several cities and provinces across the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Qasim, Jazan, Hail, Tabouk, Madinah, Al-Jawf, Ihsaa, Assir, Al-Khobar, Dhahran and Qatif.

The ministry has assigned more than 160 vehicles to provide the service, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm.


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

Updated 21 March 2019
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Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

  • Professor Diaa Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day
  • She also highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain

RIYADH: Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday hosted Dr. Diaa Al-Kaabi, who gave a lecture on the role of culture in Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The academic, who is a professor at the University of Bahrain, highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain. She named Muqbel Al-Zukair, and the families of Al-Gosaibi, Al-Bassam, Al-Ajaji, Al-Mashari and others, as pioneers.
She also mentioned the cultural agreement that was signed in 1974 between the Kingdom and Bahrain as the first such agreement signed between the two Gulf states.
Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day. She highlighted major trends in Bahrain’s cultural industry, and the role of societies, theaters and universities, as well as state institutions, in promoting the nation’s culture to an international audience.
She addressed the beginnings of the cultural movement under Sheikh Issa bin Ali, which she considered as the founding of the country’s cultural consciousness. 
It heralded the age of enlightenment in Bahrain, which was part of the modern Arab Renaissance starting from the early nineteenth century, she said.
Al-Kaabi concluded her lecture by stressing that culture, if nurtured, could be a pillar of economic development as it provided many job opportunities and its revenues were high. 
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the fair, which runs until March 23.
A Bahraini pavilion will host 13 cultural events including poetry nights, seminars and children’s programs over the course of the fair. In total, more than 900 global publishing houses are set to participate, with 500,000 books and publications on display, and up to a million visitors expected to attend.