Camels at National festival get stylish haircuts

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Tilouk Tai shows his art at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival in Riyadh. (AN photos)
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Tilouk Tai, left, shows his art at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival in Riyadh. (AN photos)
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Tilouk Tai, right, shows his art at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival in Riyadh. (AN photos)
Updated 21 January 2018

Camels at National festival get stylish haircuts

RIYADH: When you have a camel to hand, who needs a canvas? And when you have a pair of sharp scissors, who needs a paintbrush?
The artist Tilouk Tai has been delighting visitors to the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival with his works of art created on camels’ bodies.
Tai can create as many as 30 drawings on a single camel. He starts by shaving the animal’s hair with a special tool, then gets to work with the scissors and finishes off by decorating with a pen — the step that needs the most precision.
Mohammed bin Musfer Al-Quraini, supervisor general of the festival, said decorative art was a cultural communication channel among all people who raised and cared for camels. The event enabled them to share their interest and experience, he said.
The festival at Al-Dayna in Riyadh continues until Feb. 1.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.