Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishers

  • The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies

JEDDAH: Intellectuals, publishers and authors participated in the second Qassim Book Fair, which was organized by Qassim governorate in collaboration with the Saudi Publishers Association.
The fair included lectures and seminars. One notable lecture was by Dr. Qais Al-Sheikh Mubarak, who highlighted the importance of reading and seeking knowledge.
Dr. Nora Al-Rashoud, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University, gave a lecture titled “Judicial efforts in family issues.”
There was also a symposium titled “The future of journalism: Between digital and print,” as well as poetry evenings.
The fair was attended by 200 publishing houses, as well as government and social agencies. It provided an opportunity for many companies and individuals to offer their services and products to visitors.
The fair included a pavilion for artists, one for families, and one for children to develop their skills and consolidate their love of reading.
The Kingdom is making efforts to promote reading culture among the youth. Authorities have organized a number of book fairs to make world literature available to the public.
Recently, an international book fair was held in Jeddah. The fair drew more than 50,000 visitors daily and publishers from 40 countries. Several workshops in fine arts, photography and calligraphy were also organized. 


21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas against possible MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, May 21, 2015. (AP)
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21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

  • Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died

JEDDAH: The current epidemiological week has seen an increased number of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, with 21 new cases reported in the Kingdom, of 15 men and six women, including three fatalities, according to an electronic survey conducted by the Ministry of Health.
Of the 21 cases reported, 16 are in the city of Wadi Al-Dawasir, three in Riyadh and the other two cases in Buraydah and Najran.
According to the survey, the youngest patient, 16, had close contact with an infected subject, while the oldest patient, an 80-year-old lady, acquired the infection while under medical care.
Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died.
Field teams from the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture also detected positive MERS samples in camels in the affected areas.
The Health Ministry command and control center called upon citizens and residents to take precautions when coming into close contact with camels by complying with general hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals, avoiding contact with sick animals and wearing protective clothing when handling them.