Saudi building and interiors exhibition opens in Jeddah

Ziad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), inaugurated the four-day exhibition at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.
Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi building and interiors exhibition opens in Jeddah

The 28th edition of Saudi Building & Interiors Exhibition (SBIE) 2019 began in Jeddah on Monday.

Ziad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), inaugurated the four-day exhibition at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), dignitaries, representatives of private sector organizations and entrepreneurs.

The 2019 edition is organized by ACE and over 300 local and international companies from China, the guest country, Bahrain, France, Italy and Lebanon are taking part.

The four-day exhibition is showcasing products related to building materials and hardware, climate control, construction equipment and tools, electricity and lighting, environmental conservation, marble, granite and stone technology, safety, security and fire prevention, water technology and waste management. Interior designs, products related to hotels and leisure, office environment, outdoors and landscape design, schools and hospitals, shopping malls and restaurants, and residential areas are also exhibited in this show.

Organizers expect visitor numbers to increase by over 5,000 during the four-day show.

Alongside SBIE, Furnidex Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s 4th International Exhibition for Furniture, Furnishings, Hometex & Décor, Revac Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s 2nd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Ventilation & Heating Exhibition and Glass, Wood and Surface Design Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s 2nd International Exhibition for Glass,Wood, Stone and Surface Exhibition will be held concurrently.


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019
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Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.