Muqrin opens eHealth conference

Updated 19 December 2014
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Muqrin opens eHealth conference

Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin told participants of the Fifth Saudi eHealth Conference on Tuesday that the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAUHS) has harnessed the electronic health system for the greater benefit of individuals and society.
The prince also opened an exhibition which would run concurrently with the conference for the next two days.
Expressing his delight over the exemplary performance of the KSAUHS, the prince said the fact that the conference is being held for the fifth consecutive time bears eloquent testimony to its achievements through the eHealth system. He also thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques who has been supportive of such activities which benefit the nation.
He pointed out that the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Arabic Health Encyclopedia (KAAHE) published by KSAUHS in collaboration with the Saudi Health Association for Health Informatics (SAHI) has received global recognition.
More than 21 million browsers from all parts of the world had visited its pages. “This is the only encyclopedia which is available both in English and Arabic,” he said, hoping that it would become a global edition for ready reference for matters related to health and would be made available in other languages in the long run.
The encyclopedia addresses the general population, professionals, as well as students. The health care providers can use the information provided on KAAHE in order to enhance the communication with their patients. KAAHE contains information about medical topics, diet and healthy lifestyle, getting health care, news and events. Moreover, it contains personalized services and interactive applications presented in a user-friendly interface.
The CEO of the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs and President of KSAU-HS Dr. Bandar Al-Knawy extended his gratitude to Prince Muqrin for sponsoring this conference since its first edition in 2006. He added that his sponsorship contributes immensely to the success of this conference, stressing that it embodies the county’s support for civil society institutions and activates their role in the society.
The conference hosts 23 specialists and internationally recognized speakers from the US, UAE, South Korea, UK, Australia, Germany and Canada.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”