Second phase of Joint Gulf Shield-1 launched with live ammunition in Saudi Arabia

Joint Gulf Shield-1 is a turning point in terms of quality on the technical level since the participants are using the most recent global military systems. (SPA)
Updated 02 April 2018

Second phase of Joint Gulf Shield-1 launched with live ammunition in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The second phase of the Joint Gulf Shield-1 was launched on Sunday. It is a massive military exercise to boost security, stability and cooperation in the region with the execution of field maneuvers.
The first phase of the exercise ended last Thursday after leaders of the participating forces completed the command center exercises in which they used flight simulators to mimic the reality of military effectiveness, with the participation of forces’ leaders from all military sectors.
The leaders dealt with all the military operations’ procedures, and methods of command and control and communication were tested at all strategic, operational and tactical levels. The exercise of the command center achieved its goals very professionally, with extra efforts deployed by military commanders and non-commissioned officers of countries participating in the drill.
The spokesman for Joint Gulf Shield-1, Brig. Gen. Al-Subaie, said: “The field maneuvers will last for five consecutive days. The second phase of the drill consists of live-fire training in which land, sea and air defense and special forces will participate.”
Al-Subaie said the exercise aims to enable the participating forces to face the challenges and threats within a joint operation environment and highly trained and professional military forces are taking part in it. Many modern and sophisticated weapons are being used in the military exercise.
Twenty-three countries are taking part in the Gulf Shield-1 military drills. Last week, they witnessed one of the largest military action plans in the world concentrated on field training, which was launched at the arrival of the participating forces in Saudi Arabia, through land, air and sea gateways. Giant military planes from brotherly countries were also used to transport officers, soldiers, equipment and material used in the military drill.
The military exercise is considered one of the largest in the region, both in terms of the number of participating countries and in terms of the quality of its weapons. It aims to raise military readiness in the region, modernize joint mechanisms and enhance coordination and cooperation with joint military and security integration.
Ground, naval and air forces, air defense and special forces from Saudi Arabia and brotherly countries are participating in the military exercise, in addition to Saudi security and military forces overseen by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of National Guard.
Joint Gulf Shield-1 is a turning point in terms of quality at the technical level since participants are using the most recent global military systems. Moreover, it witnessed a large-scale participation, and four of the participating countries are home to the top 10 strongest armies in the world.


First Lifestyle Enhancement Conference in Saudi Arabia puts spotlight on healthy living

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First Lifestyle Enhancement Conference in Saudi Arabia puts spotlight on healthy living

  • The LEC brought together globally renowned experts on health care, wellness, medicine and alternative therapies to discuss some of the most pressing issues of today
  • The conference highlighted the importance of healthy choices, nutrition, and physical activity

RIYADH: The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and in association with the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya), has held the first Lifestyle Enhancement Conference (LEC) in Riyadh.

The LEC, focusing on the emerging science of lifestyle medicine and preventative nutrition, took place on Dec. 7-8, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.
The LEC brought together globally renowned experts on health care, wellness, medicine and alternative therapies to discuss some of the most pressing issues of today. The conference highlighted the importance of healthy choices, nutrition, and physical activity to help prevent obesity and diseases such as diabetes.
“The Saudi Sports for All Federation champions physical activity and fitness as a major tenet of increasing health and welfare. As part of our mission to enhance the quality of life in the Kingdom, we are also advocating for conscientious nutrition,” said Ms. Shaima Saleh Alhusseini, managing director at the SFA. “The Lifestyle Enhancement Conference, staged in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Weqaya, is the first event to bring together top caliber medical professionals to facilitate the increase of health education levels in Saudi Arabia.”
Speaking at the conference, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, president of the Saudi Sports for All Federation, said: “Diseases such as diabetes and obesity are increasing at an alarming rate in the region and becoming a major cause of worry. We are seeing that the lack of sports participation and physical activity, combined with substandard health education, are all contributing factors to poor health. Adopting a healthy and balanced lifestyle are among the top factors needed to prevent these diseases. As an organization focused on a healthy public, we seek to engage and communicate on measures that contribute to prevention.
“The SFA endeavors to counter the health threats that our society faces. We aim to contribute to proactive, healthy behaviors by hosting experts from various branches of health, fitness, wellness and medicine together to discuss and share insights on prevention and alternative remedies to these diseases.”
Saudi Vision 2030 has outlined its goals for a more physically fit population by increasing student participation in sport by 25 percent and increase the number of fitness coaches in the country. The LEC aims to proactively address this target by also adding health education metrics to its national campaigns.
The event’s presentations and panel discussions presented the importance of exercise and nutrition for mental and physical wellbeing, highlighting prevention and treatment measures for different types of diseases.
Attended by medical and health care professionals, nutritionists, wellness experts, sports and fitness coaches, physical therapists, and students of the related fields, the LEC’s inaugural edition was a resounding success.
The SFA intends to build on the LEC’s positive reception in Saudi Arabia by continuing its close cooperation with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health and Weqaya to establish an annual event open to the public.
SFA, a proactive community sport and wellness organization founded to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aims to provide access to opportunities for all members of society to practice physical activity.
Partnering with government organizations, sports delivery bodies, sports federations, and the wider public and private sector to achieve its goals, the SFA focuses on increasing physical activity and health and wellness metrics across the country. The increase of physical activity is achieved by advancing four strategic priorities: education, community and volunteering, fitness and wellbeing, and campaigns and promotion.
It does this by designing recreational sports programs tailored for women, men, youth, the elderly and persons with disabilities across Saudi Arabia.