Dammam bird market shut down as bird flu precautionary measure

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Updated 17 January 2018

Dammam bird market shut down as bird flu precautionary measure

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province secretariat has shut down the central bird market in Dammam at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of bird flu, SPA reported.

The secretariat also banned birds around the areas in which bird vendors commonly gather.

Teams were formed to clear the area in which the traditional bird market is held on Fridays on King Saud St. in the central region of Dammam.

Around 324 street vendors selling birds, animals, feed, cages, and other pet accessories have been shut down, and 1.5 tons of different materials and 465 different packages have been cleared and sent to charities before cleaning the site.

The teams formed for this purpose included Central Dammam municipality, the Eastern Province police, the Department of Safety and Security, and the secretariat’s department of hygiene.

Everyone at the market was informed of the need to immediately leave the area, and vendors were instructed to stop selling right away, take their birds and animals, leave the place, and not gather again in the future.


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.