Jordan’s King Abdullah inaugurates Saudi-funded hospital expansion

Jordan’s King Abdullah and Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki visit Queen Alia Military Hospital in Amman. (Photo/Petra)
Updated 05 February 2019

Jordan’s King Abdullah inaugurates Saudi-funded hospital expansion

  • The hospital now includes a 23-bed intensive care unit, a 42-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a surgery ward comprising eight operating theaters

JEDDAH: Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday inaugurated the new expansion of Queen Alia Military Hospital in Amman.
He did so in the presence of the Saudi ambassador to Jordan, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki.
The new expansion cost 37 million Jordanian dinars ($52.2 million), and was financed by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
The hospital’s renovation started in 2014 to cope with continuous medical development and to accommodate the increasing number of patients.
The expansion has increased the hospital’s area to 17,500 square meters, including a three-story building housing 56 clinics, and a building equipped with 28 kidney dialysis machines.
The hospital now includes a 23-bed intensive care unit, a 42-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a surgery ward comprising eight operating theaters.
In December 2018, the SFD and Jordan’s government signed a deal to reschedule the repayment of $114 million that Jordan owes to the fund.
The debt includes 19 loans that will now be settled over 20 years, with a grace period of five years.
Earlier, Jordan’s government thanked Saudi Arabia for its contribution to a Gulf grant worth $1.25 billion for strategic and high-priority projects.
Saudi Arabia has also contributed to an aid package to Jordan, and has supported the latter’s development efforts to ease the burden of hosting refugees through a grant of $100 million.


Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

Miriam El-Moula says she feels like she was born with art in her DNA.
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Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

  • Miriam El-Moula marks Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage through sustainable artworks

RIYADH: Defectless, a six-month-old lifestyle brand, is inspired by revealing hidden beauty. It started by highlighting the diversity of Saudi Arabia’s landscape. Unlocking the once-hidden treasures and memorializing them into contemporary and sustainable art pieces.
“I want to create pieces that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but that tell stories of people and places and inspire human progress,” 24-year-old artist Miraim El-Moula told Arab News.
“That is why I am so inspired by what’s happening in Saudi Arabia and the emergence of these new destinations. These destinations were hidden from the world. Now they are shocking the consciousness of many artists, me included, with the beauty of their nature, heritage, and people. They are worth being celebrated.”
Her designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh. “That’s what I want to show people, that Saudi is not just a desert country. It is much more,” she said.
Hand sculpted from pure marble El-Moula’s latest creation is the Guardian of AlUla. “To me, the elephant rock is a natural wonder that stood the test of time. It is proof that nature is the ultimate artist.”

I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.

Miriam El-Moula

Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way. “I was inspired: On the one hand, the fortress represents the warriors who dedicated their lives to protect their lands, and on the other, Al-Qat pattern, engraved on it, represents the woman of Asir who enriched this community with their vibrant, colorful art.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Miriam El-Moula’s designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh.

• Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way.

• She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.

• A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.

“Red Sea Siglia” was created by her inspiration from the marine treasures of the Red Sea. “These coral reefs are 6,000 years old and irreplaceable. They are a gift to mankind that must be celebrated and protected.”
She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.
A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.
El-Moula knew from the beginning she wanted to be a designer. As a schoolgirl, she was infatuated with art class and even skipped other classes in school in order to develop her beloved passion.
“I feel like I was born with art in my DNA,” she said. “I love to look at spaces and always have an opinion on how they can look better. I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.”
Her first art display will be at Winter of Tantoura in AlUla.