Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the event to mark 10 years since the founding of the society. (SPA)
Updated 30 May 2018

Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

  • Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Monday, patronized a celebration to mark 10 years since the founding of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia).

The ceremony, attended by board members, dignitaries, supporters and guests, began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. 

This was followed by a speech from Harakia Chairman Nasser bin Mohamed Al-Mutawa, who thanked Prince Sultan for patronizing the ceremony.

Al-Mutawa highlighted Prince Sultan’s support for people with special needs, and said Harakia has over the last 10 years carried out programs and services benefiting more than 120,000 physically disabled people nationwide, at a cost of more than SR90 million ($24 million). 

Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards, he added.

In his speech, Prince Sultan hailed King Salman for his support of people with special needs, following in the footsteps of the Kingdom’s founders. 


Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

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Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir received Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom, Chen Weiqing, in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, in addition to a number of issues of common concern.

Recently, Weiqing said that Saudi Arabia’s new tourist visa will stimulate economic diversification and boost visitor numbers from around the world.

Almost 24,000 foreign visitors entered Saudi Arabia in the 10 days after instant tourist visas were introduced at airports in the Kingdom, according to the Foreign Ministry.

China topped the visitor numbers with 7,391 arrivals, followed by the UK and US. Canada, Malaysia and Russia also had a significant number of visitors to the Kingdom.

“China and Saudi Arabia are comprehensive strategic partners. We believe that tourism cooperation between our two countries has great potential, and Saudi Arabia will become an attractive destination for Chinese tourists in the near future.”

In February, Saudi Arabia and China agreed to include the Chinese language in the curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom. The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.