Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Updated 12 June 2019

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements.
The directive came after a recommendation by the Minister of Labor and Social Development and Chairman of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities Ahmed Al-Rajhi. 
Al-Rajhi made the recommendation after noting the use of different terms to describe persons with disabilities in several media reports and statements issued by governmental entities.
The authority’s executive chairman, Hisham Al-Haidari, said the move was part of the authority’s aim to strengthen services for disabled people to receive necessary care and rehabilitation
Al-Haidari said the high number of terms used to described people with disabilities and the use of local terms rather than international terminology meant communication with non-Arabic speakers at international forums was confused.
He called on all ministries, institutions and governmental bodies to implement the royal order and adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all communications and avoid other references.
He said the use of the term “persons with disabilities” is an integral part of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the international conventions it has signed, adding that it is a universally agreed term.


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

Updated 13 min 6 sec ago

Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.