Plan to develop Jeddah discussed

Updated 07 December 2012
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Plan to develop Jeddah discussed

The Jeddah Municipal Council organized a workshop yesterday to forge a strategic plan for Jeddah to strengthen its unique position as the gateway to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and a center of Islamic culture, and also as a commercial hub and tourist destination. The workshop was attended by Council members, citizens and a number of officials.
“The workshop considered 13 topics related to Jeddah’s all-round development. It aimed to spare no effort in improving the local economy, environment, social service, cultural and heritage development for tourism promotion, transportation and infrastructure, management of beaches, public squares and picnic centers.
The discussions also stressed on the issue of housing and unplanned and undeveloped neighborhoods,” Abdullah Turkistani, member of the council and supervisor of the council’s strategic plan, said in a statement after the workshop. The council aims to play the role of mediator between the citizens and officials, especially with the aim of offering efficient and high quality municipal services now and in the future, he said. The council is also willing to cooperate with government departments and private agencies and also residents and visitors for the achievement of its goals, he added.
Chairman of the council Ayman Fadil thanked all the participants in the workshop for their cooperation. He also thanked the support given to the council by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb.


Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

The app users can send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent. (SPA)
Updated 19 min 11 sec ago
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Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

  • The App allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities
  • The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched the “Aseafni” application to receive emergency service requests through smartphones in six different languages, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
It is part of its efforts to provide the best emergency services across the Kingdom.
The app allows users to report an incident using a smartphone, call an emergency team, request help by sending a distress signal, and view the report’s status and track it.
It also allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities, the emergency numbers of other relief agencies, and the option of logging a person’s medical history.
The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech — by allowing them to send distress signals or request an emergency service without having to make a phone call.
The app users can also send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent and other emergency contacts (family and friends) through the SMS service. AN Riyadh