Pro-Assad tweet costs hospital chief his job

Updated 13 February 2015
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Pro-Assad tweet costs hospital chief his job

A message on Twitter microblogging site cost Makkah’s East Arafat Hospital Director Bandar Al-Qadeer his job after he expressed his support for the murderous regime of Bashar Assad.
The tweet caught the attention of Health Affairs Department staff in the holy city and was forwarded to Abdullah Al-Moallami, the director general of the department. After assessing the tweet, Al-Moallami decided to fire Al-Qadeer from his position at the hospital.
Abdul Wahab Shalabi, the department’s spokesman, told local media the tweet represents the opinion of an individual staffer and not that of the Health Affairs Department or its employees.
In defense of his statement, Al-Qadeer said technical decisions should be separated from public opinion. “However, I understand the decision of the director-general and have no problem with it because they appointed me to this position, and thus have the right to let me go whenever they wish,” he said, adding that he posted the tweet last October.
However, Al-Qadeer argued that his comments were misunderstood as he stands against violence and supports the Syrian people in their demands to be free and self-governing. He added that he remains loyal to his leaders and his country, but has been forced to suspend his Twitter account after receiving numerous death threats.


Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

Updated 19 December 2018
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Saudi heritage chief launches Korean exhibition in Riyadh

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, officially opened an exhibition in Riyadh showcasing Korean history and culture. He was joined at the event by Professor Bae Kidong, the director general of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, and Korean Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jo Byung-Wook.
Titled “Korean History and Culture: an Enchanting Journey to the Korean Civilization,” the exhibition — which will be at the National Museum until March 7, 2019 and is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia — features rare artifacts that showcase Korean archaeology, civilization and folklore, as well as a selection of exhibits from the Korean National Museum.
Prince Sultan said that such cooperation in the field of culture and archaeology is very important, especially since Korea has a great and ancient culture, and given its important relationship with Saudi Arabia through the years.
On behalf of the Korean government and people, Prof. Bae expressed his sincere appreciation to the Kingdom for hosting the exhibition.