Saudi, S. Korean experts join hands to fight MERS

Updated 16 June 2015

Saudi, S. Korean experts join hands to fight MERS

RIYADH: Health experts from Saudi Arabia and their South Korean counterparts have joined hands to combat the dreaded MERS outbreak in the Far East Asian country, where 16 people have succumbed to the contagion so far.

Five new cases were reported by the Korean Health Ministry on Monday, taking the total to 150, the largest outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia.
Jungho Lee, a senior diplomat and spokesman at the embassy of the Republic of Korea in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that Saudi health experts were in Seoul and were working in close coordination with local health workers to fight the disease.
“Having a sophisticated health system, Korea exports medical technologies to the Kingdom and helps in various health care projects. Now, as Saudi Arabia has accumulated solid experience and knowledge in dealing with MERS since its outbreak in June 2012, it is but natural for the Kingdom and the Republic of South Korea to strengthen collaboration in this field,” he said.
Earlier, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih had offered help to his South Korean counterpart, Moon Hyung-pyo, in the form of Saudi health experts with experience in tackling MERS cases.
The MERS outbreak in South Korea has sparked off international concern and stalled the nation’s economy. According to the Korean ministry of finance, it has resulted in over 100,000 canceled tourist visits.
Jungho said that the Saudi Health Ministry delegation reached Seoul on June 11 and on June 12. “Experts from both the countries held a joint workshop to discuss the outbreak in Korea and the Kingdom, which has recorded the highest number of MERS cases, crossing 1,000 confirmed infections and 454 deaths till Monday.
The first MERS case was reported in South Korea on May 20, when a businessman, who had returned from a tour to the Gulf countries including the Kingdom, testing positive.
Meanwhile, a Korean citizen was hospitalized in Slovakia after being suspected of carrying the MERS virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the MERS outbreak in South Korea, which it described as “large and complex.”


Where We Are Going Today: Zaitunay Bay

Updated 14 December 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Zaitunay Bay

  • Zaitunay Bay serves up a surprise for shisha lovers

This Lebanese restaurant and cafe is currently stealing my favorite spot in Jeddah to chill and hang out with friends, while enjoying delicious food.

Located across Tahliya’s walkway, next to Wagamama, the eatery’s food was cooked to perfection, from appetizers such as batata harra (spicy potatoes) and cheese manaqeesh, to main courses including grilled lamb chops.

The ambience was cozy and friendly, with the music playing in the background bringing about a sense of nostalgia. Arabic songs from the beginning of the decade, including tunes by Egyptian singer Amr Diab and Lebanese songstress Elissa, had my party instinctively singing along.

The decor was colorful, with comfortable couches and fluffy pillows, and some seats were even occupied by adorable gigantic teddy bears.

Zaitunay Bay also serves up a surprise for shisha lovers. 

Upon leaving, visitors are handed a loyalty card offering a free fifth shisha.