Wadi Arar rehabilitation plan launched in Saudi Arabia

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Northern Border Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan has approved a plan for the environmental rehabilitation of Wadi Arar. (SPA)
Updated 02 August 2018

Wadi Arar rehabilitation plan launched in Saudi Arabia

Wadi Arar rehabilitation plan launched in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Northern Border Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan has approved a plan for the environmental rehabilitation of Wadi Arar.
The plan is within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to achieve environmental sustainability by reducing pollution and mitigate desertification through plants and treated water resources.
Prince Faisal said that there was a need for measures to address the environmental situation in the region and prepare a plan to rehabilitate the environment, valleys and natural reserves.
He also called for studies researching the best ways to protect natural pastures from desertification and pollution to preserve the environmental and natural resources of the northern border region.
Prince Faisal stressed that environmental sustainability was a priority in the development of the region.
He said out that the rehabilitation of Wadi Arar through protecting its components (soil, air and water) from pollution, the restoration of its biological diversity and the provision of natural parks to citizens, would promote ecological tourism, in addition to strengthening the culture of preserving the environment and wildlife in all government sectors, as well as in society.
The three-phase rehabilitation process, which will extend over 120 days, will begin under the supervision of the Northern Border Province, with the participation of the municipality, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health and the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in the region.


Unvaccinated people rush to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia

Unvaccinated people rush to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia
Updated 17 min 15 sec ago

Unvaccinated people rush to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia

Unvaccinated people rush to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia
  • One dose or virus recovered must to attend events and enter establishments

JEDDAH: The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Saudi Arabia has increased in the past 10 days with the arrival of the Aug. 1 deadline that means unvaccinated residents are prohibited from entering establishments.

The acceleration comes as residents of the Kingdom are required to receive at least one jab or have recovered from COVID-19 to attend social, cultural, sports and entertainment gatherings, and enter private, government or commercial establishments. Health authorities have called on residents to register for the vaccine, and centers across the Kingdom have been urged to provide more time-slots to accommodate the growing numbers.
So far, 27 million vaccine doses have been delivered at a rate of 77 doses per hundred. More than 8.1 million so far have received two doses and more than 77.5 percent of the Kingdom’s 34.8 million have been vaccinated so far.
More than 1.46 million of the Kingdom’s elderly have been vaccinated to date.
Health officials continue to urge residents to receive the vaccine, adhere to social distancing measures and take precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a Saudi research team has successfully developed the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 and is ready to carry out clinical trials after receiving the required approvals.

INNUMBERS

525,730 Total cases

506,089 Recoveries

8,237 Deaths

Led by Dr. Iman Almansour, the research team from the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC) at the Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam published the findings, “Immunogenicity of Multiple Doses of pDNA Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2,” in the  Pharmaceuticals Journal on MDPI, an open-access publishing website for academics.
On Saturday, 1,146 new cases were reported by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, raising the total number to 525,730.
Three regions reported numbers above the 100 case mark, Riyadh leading with 243 cases, the Eastern Province with 209 and Makkah with 196 cases. Jouf continues to be the region with the lowest count with only eight cases on Saturday.
There are currently 11,404 active cases, 1,377 of which are in critical care, a decline of 18 in the past 24 hours.
A total of 1,086 new recoveries were reported, raising the total number of recoveries to 506,089. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is currently holding steady at 96.2 percent.
Riyadh led the cities with the highest recovery count as 232 recoveries were reported, Taif with 99 and Jeddah with 64 recoveries.
A total of 11 new fatalities due to complications from COVID-19 have been reported, raising the death tally to 8,237.
A total of 113,300 PCR tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the total number to more than 25 million tests so far.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development’s control teams in Makkah region carried out 20,137 inspection tours in July on private sector enterprises, to ensure abidance by the precautionary and preventive measures against the coronavirus disease and compliance with nationalization and labor regulations.
During the inspections, 3,755 violations of labor regulations and precautionary measures were found, and 813 warnings issued.
The ministry urged owners of enterprises to abide by all precautionary measures at workplaces to curb the spread of the virus, and to abide by the ministry’s regulations to avoid incurring penalties.
Inspection tours will continue across businesses in all regions of the Kingdom, the ministry addedd, calling on everyone in the region to report breaches and violations through its call center (19911) or its Ma3an lil Rasd app.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘ThinkTech Talk’ initiative brings worldwide e-gaming expertise to the table

Saudi Arabia is home to 21.2 million gamers. (Photo/Twitter)
Saudi Arabia is home to 21.2 million gamers. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 18 min 35 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s ‘ThinkTech Talk’ initiative brings worldwide e-gaming expertise to the table

Saudi Arabia is home to 21.2 million gamers. (Photo/Twitter)
  • The fourth initiative, “ThinkTech Talk,” targets experts in game development, investors, and business entrepreneurs in the sector

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has launched its “ThinkTech” initiative to support the e-gaming sector by sharing expertise from around the world.
In partnership with the Saudi Esports Federation and Zain, the ministry held a virtual forum on Saturday where five new initiatives were launched as part of the “Gamers Without Borders” tournament announcement.
Last year, over 15,000 coders, engineers and designers from 80 countries joined The Global Hack as part of the Gamers Without Borders initiative. It trained more than 3,400 people in game development through the “Make and Play” competition.
The fourth initiative, “ThinkTech Talk,” targets experts in game development, investors, and business entrepreneurs in the sector. It revealed the ideas and expertise of developers, who spoke about their experiences in creating e-games while contributing to spreading awareness about the industry and development of e-games.

BACKGROUND

Last year, over 15,000 coders, engineers and designers from 80 countries joined The Global Hack as part of the Gamers Without Borders initiative. It trained more than 3,400 people in game development through the ‘Make and Play’ competition.

The virtual forum comes amid a sudden rise in the e-game industry in the Kingdom, which has jumped 4.1 percent in the last year, making it 19th among the largest gaming markets in the world. Saudi Arabia is home to 21.2 million gamers.
The event was also attended by the Deputy Minister for Future Jobs and Digital Entrepreneurship Dr. Ahmed Al-Thunayan and the CEO of the Saudi Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports Turki Al-Fawzan.
Dr. Al-Thunayan said the e-gaming industry was one of the emerging creative industries that is pumping more investments into economies, adding that it has the potential to add substantial growth with the Kingdom possessing many creative young talents.
He said that these meetings will provide opportunities for creative talents and enable them to launch their businesses with a supportive digital environment.


British-Nigerian photographer gaining popularity in the Saudi art scene for her black and white photographs of KSA

Monochromatic photographs add a timeless quality to an image. With the help of social media, Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight as outsiders finally look in. (Supplied)
Monochromatic photographs add a timeless quality to an image. With the help of social media, Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight as outsiders finally look in. (Supplied)
Updated 5 min 47 sec ago

British-Nigerian photographer gaining popularity in the Saudi art scene for her black and white photographs of KSA

Monochromatic photographs add a timeless quality to an image. With the help of social media, Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight as outsiders finally look in. (Supplied)
  • British-Nigerian photographer gaining popularity in the Saudi art scene for her black and white photographs of the Kingdom’s varied architecture, cultural scene, street life and more
  • Saudi Arabia through Folake’s eyes

JEDDAH: With the thousands of pictures coming out of Saudi Arabia in full color these days, it is refreshing to find calm in monochromatic photographs, especially when they have been snapped by expats who see beauty through a lens.
Monochromatic photographs add a timeless quality to an image. With the help of social media, Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight as outsiders finally look in.
British-Nigerian photographer Folake Abbas, a lecturer teaching academic writing and research methods to engineering students at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz University since 2013, has been taking photographs for as long as she can remember, and is gaining popularity in the Saudi art scene for her black and white photographs of the Kingdom’s varied architecture, cultural scene, street life and more.
She started taking photographs in the Kingdom “almost immediately after I arrived in Jeddah. A friend took me to Al-Balad and I fell in love with the place immediately, and I’ve had a very strong connection to Al-Balad ever since,” she told Arab News.

I will always remember Saudi Arabia with a lot of fondness, for it was here that I discovered myself as a photographer.

Folake Abbas

“A lot of people there know me because I take their photographs most of the time — it’s a place that I’m drawn to and that I feel very comfortable photographing. I’ve been there many times and have taken thousands and thousands of photographs to attest to that,” she added.
Abbas has developed her style through the years, experimenting with different tones of gray and shadows ever since she, alongside a group of fellow Nigerian photographers while visiting home, challenged each other to switch from colored to monochrome as an experiment for the whole of 2019, participating in the hashtag #2019ayearinblackandwhite on Instagram, and she’s never looked back.
She told Arab News that she’s been inspired by some of the greatest black and white photographers of all time such as Ansel Adams, Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark and Dorothea Lange.

HIGHLIGHT

Abbas has developed her style through the years, experimenting with different tones of gray and shadows ever since she, alongside a group of fellow Nigerian photographers while visiting home, challenged each other to switch from colored to monochrome as an experiment for the whole of 2019, participating in the hashtag #2019ayearinblackandwhite on Instagram, and she’s never looked back.

With time, she began wondering about what more the Kingdom has to offer and what hidden gems can be discovered. She’s frequented nearby Taif, Dammam and a few other cities throughout the years but it was only after the coronavirus disease pandemic hit did she realize she needed to see more.
“I hadn’t really moved around that much, it wasn’t until last year after the lockdown was lifted, knowing I couldn’t leave the country I thought, you know what? this is my time to start to explore Saudi Arabia, there’s something more for it and I’ve got to get around,” she said. “The idea of having to stay cooped up in my apartment for the whole summer was just something I wasn’t ready to entertain.”
She then started traveling around the Kingdom as a conscious decision, booking trips, connecting with people, and taking different tours.
“When you live in a concrete jungle, there isn’t much greenery around here, and it’s very rugged, you just have no idea of what a country looks like. It’s not until you hit the road and go deep into a valley or around a bendy road such as in Taif that you really get to appreciate the country that you live in,” said Abbas.
She said it was in Saudi Arabia that she identified as a photographer the most. “I will always remember Saudi Arabia with a lot of fondness, for it was here that I discovered myself as a photographer. As I mentioned, I’ve always taken photographs but being in Saudi Arabia really solidified that for me. All I want to do is take photographs here, that’s all I want to do.”

Monochromatic photographs add a timeless quality to an image. With the help of social media, Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight as outsiders finally look in. (Supplied)

Folake participated in two group exhibitions, the first in November 2017 in Jeddah, and January 2021 in Riyadh and has had three solo exhibitions — October 2018, December 2019, both in Jeddah and the third in Riyadh in February 2020.
She visited AlUla in March and said the artwork she composed there is the closest to her heart, highlighting that it is a majestic and timeless place.
“What I love about the photos that I took there is the fact that the whole place itself sort of makes you feel like you are in a time that is long forgotten and so to be in this place that is absolutely dripping with so much history going back thousands and thousands of years, to be in that space in itself was nothing short of spectacular. The photos that I took and loved the most (were of) the tomb in Hegra; it’s just a majestic building.”
She said she experienced Saudi hospitality firsthand throughout her adventures in the Kingdom and highlighted their polite traits.
“I’m very impressed as to how open the people I meet when I travel are. They will give you directions, they will get people to come and help you, they will even take you to where you want to go,” she said. “That is really endearing to me.”


Saudi aid agency provides medical services in Jordan, Yemen

KSrelief provides medical services in Jordan, Yemen. (SPA)
KSrelief provides medical services in Jordan, Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 7 min 30 sec ago

Saudi aid agency provides medical services in Jordan, Yemen

KSrelief provides medical services in Jordan, Yemen. (SPA)
  • KSrelief has implemented 606 projects in Yemen at a total cost of almost $3.8 billion

AMMAN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) clinics provided medical services to 628 Syrian patients in one day at Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp.
General medicine clinics received 204 patients, while those responsible for internal medicine dealt with 39 people with diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, 121 patients visited pediatric centers, 37 were treated at the emergency department, and two dental clinics handled 45 cases.
Between July 8-16, Al-Jada Health Center outlets in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate provided treatment services for 1,677 people with the support of KSrelief. There were 489 patients at the emergency department, 331 in the awareness and education department, 271 in internal medicine, 291 in the epidemiological department, 116 in reproductive health, and 87 in the surgery and dressings department.
KSrelief also distributed urgent shelter aid to those affected by flooding in Yemen’s Al-Jawf governorate, including 220 tents, 880 blankets and 110 rugs, helping 1,320 displaced and affected people.
KSrelief has implemented 606 projects in Yemen at a total cost of almost $3.8 billion.

 


Saudi authorities ramp up health inspection tours

The violations included noncompliance with social distancing and mask wearing. (SPA)
The violations included noncompliance with social distancing and mask wearing. (SPA)
Updated 7 min 48 sec ago

Saudi authorities ramp up health inspection tours

The violations included noncompliance with social distancing and mask wearing. (SPA)
  • Asir municipality carried out 9,766 inspection tours in two weeks across food facilities, shops, and markets

DAMMAM: Municipalities have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Tabuk municipality has carried out 36,395 inspection tours at shopping malls, commercial centers and stores since the start of July.
These checks resulted in 67 commercial outlets being shut down, while 118 violators were given penalties for ignoring health regulations.
Asir municipality carried out 9,766 inspection tours in two weeks across food facilities, shops, and markets.
During the tours, 19 facilities were shut down and 125 violations were detected.
The violations included noncompliance with social distancing and mask wearing, leniency in measuring the temperature of customers, overcrowding issues, and a failure to use the Tawakkalna app appropriately.
The municipalities urged all commercial facilities to abide by the regulations to ensure public safety and prevent the virus from spreading. Officials have urged the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number.