Tourism body adds Asir’s Al-Soudah to Saudi Seasons 2019

Al-Soudah Season will take place in August. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2019

Tourism body adds Asir’s Al-Soudah to Saudi Seasons 2019

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced Al-Soudah Season in Asir region as part of the 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, which was launched in February and includes 11 tourist seasons covering most of the Kingdom. The initiative is the first of its kind in the region, aiming to encourage domestic tourism. 

Al-Soudah Season will take place in August. The area of Al-Soudah enjoys natural beauty, ranging from forests and highlands to its distinct climate.

Ahmed Al-Khatib, the chairman of SCTH, stressed that the 2019 Saudi Seasons would boost tourism development, activating the sector and providing temporary and permanent jobs. 

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.