Saudi ministries liaise to enhance services to senior citizens

The senior citizens’ project, which will be launched on Wednesday in Riyadh, will gradually expand to other cities. (SPA)
Updated 09 January 2019
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Saudi ministries liaise to enhance services to senior citizens

  • The mobile notary service is free of charge and is also available to people with disabilities or chronic illness

JEDDAH: The justice and health ministries are liaising to enhance services through the creation of a priority card for citizens above the age of 70.
The card will give senior citizens priority at hospitals and will allow them to have officials from the Justice Ministry visit them at home if they are unable to report to ministry branches to get their legal paperwork done. The ministries issued a joint statement saying the move would improve the quality of services across the spectrum. The senior citizens’ project, which will be launched on Wednesday in Riyadh, will gradually expand to other cities. Mobile notary services (in which third parties are authorized to perform certain legal formalities, such as sign deeds or contracts) are already available in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Alkhobar, Dhahran, Buraidah, and Onaizah.
Priority card applicants can send a copy of their ID on the Justice Ministry app, call 920025888 or email [email protected]
Notaries then receive an alert with the home location.
The mobile notary service is free of charge and is also available to people with disabilities or chronic illness.

 


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

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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.