Smart park for people with special needs demanded

Updated 01 January 2015
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Smart park for people with special needs demanded

People with special needs are calling for a smart park modeled on the pattern of Prince Saud bin Naif Park established by Al Turki Group in the Eastern Province. The park, the first of its kind in the Kingdom specifically meets the needs of people with disabilities.
They have also asked the Eastern Province municipality to take into account other conditions of disabled people and not only consider the construction of wheelchair corridors in parks.
Speaking on the need of a park for the disabled, Hesa Al-Jamaan said: “When a blind person goes to smart parks, he wants to enjoy himself without assistance.” Sharing his opinion, Abdulrahman Al Suwailem said that the idea of smart parks was excellent allowing the visually challenged to enjoy themselves and spend time with others.
Abdulrahman also asked for a poetry forum for the talented individuals among them.
Bandar Al-Shammari, park supervisor and social responsibility department manager at the Al Turki group, said that Prince Saud bin Naif Park was designed to cater to everyone, regardless of gender, age, or cultural background, and to provide full accessibility for people with disabilities.
“It breaks away from traditional design to facilitate education and learning while promoting individual and collective initiatives that are based on nurturing a culture of development and sustainability,” he explained.
“The park represents life and vitality. The beautiful sound of trickling water flowing in semi-circular ripples from our octagonal fountain in the center of the park is intended to lift the human spirit. It blends wonderfully with the fresh air highlighting a marvelous aspect of our Islamic heritage in its use of water,” Al-Shammari said.
He added that the Al Turki group wanted the park to be a beacon of learning and knowledge where visitors can acquire new skills and universal human values to help them become a more positive force in their communities.
“We believe that civilized communities should facilitate access to public places for learning and entertainment for persons with disabilities in accordance with international standards,” he stressed.
He explained that in order to create a positive model for the integration of people with disabilities within their communities, the park was designed to include tools and services such as a special entrance for wheelchair users, insulation of ground tracks and cautionary points throughout the park for the visually impaired; installation of an audio system that works automatically to guide visitors throughout the park walls and a visual presentation to translate written text into sign language for the hearing impaired.
“The 4000 square meter park is available for all artists to present their activities free of charge. In addition, all government agencies that need to present valuable programs for the community should communicate with the park management. All constructive suggestions are welcomed,” he concluded.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.