ABHA: More than 700 young men and women in Asir applied for jobs at 50 medical institutions during the first Saudi Health Specializations Employment Forum launched on Monday.
The forum was organized by the Saudization and Health Committee Center at Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the help of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund.
The forum covered an initial admission of 300 job seekers.
Hasan Al-Huwaizi, chairman of the Abha Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said the forum highlighted the organization’s belief in the importance of preparing, training and employing qualified Saudis.
The chamber is working to provide training to meet the aspirations of young men and women in Asir, and accommodate major changes in the medical labor market, he said.
Recently, the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) pumped SR4.18 million ($1.11 million) into two unemployment programs in the Kingdom.
How a crown prince project is helping to preserve Saudi Arabia’s Najdi craftsmanship
Some 100 pieces of furniture and textiles have been recreated based on traditional Saudi techniques
Items have formed backdrop to high-profile meetings with dignitaries such as John Kerry
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RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on June 16, there was something about the official photos that caught the eye.
Instead of the usual understated grandeur of a palace interior where such senior officials would usually meet, Kerry found himself surrounded by a splendid display of traditional Najdi decor.
Giant strings of bedouin beads hung on the walls above him and stunning hardwood tables, surrounded with colorful poufs, adorned the floor space.
Arab News can reveal that the interior design is part of a project requested by the crown prince to create more than 100 unique items that represent the heritage of Najd.
Cyma Azyz and Faisal Al-Saadaway were tasked with having the textiles, furniture and other items handcrafted using entirely Saudi tools and materials.
Azyz told Arab News that the crown prince requested that not a single nail from outside the Kingdom be used on the project.
Al-Saadaway is one of the most experienced collectors of Saudi antiquities in Riyadh and has expertise in the architecture and design of Najd, Saudi Arabia’s vast central region, while Azyz was a television anchor with a passion for the preservation of Najdi arts and culture.
The two were first approached for the private project in their outlet in Diriyah — called “Saadaway Najd” — by an interior designer for the crown prince.
The designer was intrigued by their collection and visited their main Arts and Antiques Gallery in Olaya in the summer of 2018.
“The gentleman paid us a visit and was astonished at the eclectic quantity of antiques and delighted to see our large selection of Najdi furniture, accessories, and textiles that were inspired by the Bedouin rugs for upholstery and curtains,” Azyz said.
From there, the construction began. The crown prince’s team wanted to ensure that traditional Najdi craftsmanship and design were represented in every piece of the project.
The most prominent part of the project became known as the “Majlis,” where political leaders and guests like John Kerry meet the crown prince.
The team first researched the authentic Najdi techniques of construction and furnishing that were available through the assistance of local sources and the government.
They then visited traditional village homes to study the detailing and design of the furniture.
“The sheer quantity of the details and design in the data collection allowed us to create authentic designs efficiently, which is the reason behind the fast completion of the crown prince’s project,” Azyz said.
“A project of this magnitude realistically cannot be completed in less than one year, but the timeline given was three months,” she said.
The project included vintage leather water pouches, painted leather panels, armchairs, sofas, coffee tables, study tables, sideboards, chests, chairs, alabaster vases and more.
The partners spent day and night crafting each piece to perfectly represent Saudi culture.
There were numerous techniques used in the project including the detailing and hand carving of the side tables, the painting of the gold and copper nails, and the etching, burning and engraving of each piece.
The design of the project was established within the Olaya gallery, but the production of each piece was carried out in a workshop in Saniyah, Riyadh’s industrial area.
“I personally oversaw the production of the pieces, from the early hours of the morning to past midnight, in a workshop in Saniyah,” Azyz said.
She was the only woman in the workshop, and her brothers would complete their workday in a bank and help her with the project.
“It is not an area where women are commonly seen, but this project, having such limited time constraints and so many details, called on us to join forces with our factory workers and carpenters.”
The delivery process was also very intricate because there were so many fragile pieces that took hours to create.
“The classic Najdi furniture doesn’t come with loose screws and washers to be boxed and sent. Actually, it cannot be easily assembled on-site, so we had to send finished pieces, meaning larger truckloads,” Azyz said.
Azyz and Al-Saadaway said they were passionate to take on the project because of its importance in preserving the local heritage.
“In this era of modernization, it is very important to keep the heritage and culture alive for younger generations to learn about their past and history,” Azyz stated.
“I have personally met and worked with craftsmen from different parts of the Kingdom and was devastated to learn that most of them do not care about passing their handicrafts onto their children, as they want them to pursue brighter career prospects following education in big institutes and life in bigger cities,” Azyz said.
“Our crown prince is not only living by example but has taken it one step further with mega projects that are heralding the era of ‘made in Saudi Arabia’ for the revival and preservation of our folk arts.”
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister discusses relations with Italian, Spanish counterparts
They discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, and regional and international developments
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made a phone call to his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on Thursday.
During the call, they reviewed bilateral relations and opportunities to strengthen them in various fields, in addition to a number of regional and international issues and developments.
Earlier on Thursday, Prince Faisal received a similar call from his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares, where both sides also discussed ways to develop relations between them.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 512,373
Police in the Eastern Province and Makkah arrested 280 people for flouting quarantine rules
Updated 05 August 2021
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 13 deaths from COVID-19 and 986 new infections on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 189 were recorded in Makkah, 177 in Riyadh, 162 in the Eastern Province, 101 in Jazan, 98 in Asir, 55 in Madinah, 41 in Hail, 35 in Tabuk, 29 in Najran, 24 in the Northern Borders region, 17 in Al-Baha, and 10 in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 512,373 after 1,055 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,297 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
The Kingdom’s health ministry emphasised on Thursday the need for students aged 12-18 years to be vaccinated ahead of the new school year.
Students who have not had a first dose of the vaccine before August 8 will not be able to attend their first day back in education.
The ministry added that the period between having both doses of a coronavirus vaccine is three weeks.
Over 29 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.
Asir’s health department said it began work on the new expansion of the coronavirus vaccine center at the Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Khamis Mushait.
The center now accommodates approximately 10,000 patients per day, and aims to raise its capacity to 15,000, the department said.
It has been fully equipped and contains 18 registration stations and 60 vaccination clinics, supported by three emergency clinics.
Meanwhile, police in the Eastern Province said they arrested 178 people for flouting quarantine rules after they tested positive for COVID-19, while police in Makkah said they arrested 102 people for violating quarantine instructions.
Penalties for individuals who violate quarantine instructions include a fine of up to SR200,000 ($53,332) and/or up to two years imprisonment, and penalties are doubled for repeat offenders. If the violation was committed by an expat, they face deportation from the Kingdom and are permanently banned from reentry.
Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud, governor of Qassim, suspended five activities and festivals in the region for COVID-19 violations.
The region’s spokesman, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Hussein, said the activities were held in the city of Buraidah and the governorates of Onaizah and Al-Ras, adding there is no tolerance violations against the preventive measures.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened 13 mosques in five regions after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing them after 13 people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 1,955 within 180 days.
Sea ambulance service launched in KSA’s Farasan Island
Sea ambulance cost $3.6m and is equipped with the latest safety systems, five beds, a CPR device, and a shock-absorbent stretcher
Will be able to transfer emergency cases from Farasan Island to Jazan Port within 45 minutes
Updated 05 August 2021
JAZAN: Jazan Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inaugurated a sea ambulance service in the Farasan Island governorate.
The governor listened to a detailed briefing from Jazan Health Director Dr. Awaji Al-Naami about the sea ambulance, which was manufactured at a cost of SR13.6 million ($3.6 million) and is equipped with the latest safety systems.
The sea ambulance has up to five beds, including an ICU bed, along with a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device, a shock-absorbent stretcher that can adapt to waves and rough conditions at sea, a suction device, and medicines needed for emergency care.
Prince Mohammed also reviewed the action plan of the sea ambulance, which can transfer emergency cases from Farasan Island to Jazan Port within 45 minutes.
He got acquainted with the smart systems that enable the medical transfer operations center at the Emergency, Disasters, and Ambulatory Transportation General Department at the Jazan Health Directorate. The smart systems can also monitor the sea ambulance’s movements in the sea until it arrives at the port.
The sea ambulance is part of the Ministry of Health’s endeavors to provide health services to citizens and residents alike.
Health Ministry reports 1,043 new coronavirus cases, 1,211 recoveries, 14 deaths
28,492,380 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19
Updated 05 August 2021
RIYADH: A total of 61 offenders have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in the past week for failing to adhere to quarantine regulations after their infection of the virus was confirmed.
The media spokesman for the police in Hail region, Captain Tariq Al-Nassar, said that a video circulating of a man with a positive PCR test wandering about in a shopping mall had led to his arrest after the authorities identified him. Legal action has now been taken against him.
Al-Nassar said that the penalties for violators of the precautionary and preventive measures against COVID-19 included a fine of no more than SR500,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or both.
In Qassim region, the media spokesman for the police, Lt. Col. Badr Al-Suhaibani, said that 60 people were arrested for violating quarantine regulations after it was confirmed that they were infected with the virus.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reported 14 more COVID-19-related deaths, taking the overall toll to 8,284.
There were 1,043 new cases, meaning that 529,995 people in the country had now contracted the disease. A total of 10,393 cases remained active, of which 1,396 patients were in critical condition.
Saudi Arabia reported 1,043 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 529,995
A total of 10,393 cases remained active, of which 1,396 patients were in critical condition.
The death toll has risen to 8,284 with 14 more virus-related fatalities
28,492,380 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19
Of the newly recorded cases, 214 were in Makkah region, 192 in Riyadh region, 169 in the Eastern Province, and 65 in Madinah region.
In addition, the ministry said that 1,211 patients had recovered from the disease, increasing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 511,318.
The region with the highest recovery rate is Riyadh at 267, followed by Makkah at 217 and Eastern Province at 200.
Saudi Arabia had so far conducted 25,443,550 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 106,517 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Among them, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual. Tetamman (rest assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Meanwhile, 28,492,380 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19, including 1,496,037 elderly people. About 55.9 percent of the population had received the first dose, while 25.9 percent had completed both doses. At this rate, 70 percent of the population is expected to have completed both doses by September 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, Rafha Health Affairs in the northern region of the Kingdom, represented by the Central Hospital, has activated virtual clinics for patients benefiting from its services in outpatient clinics.
This gives patients the option to remotely attend medical appointments in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. The management of Central Hospital explained that this service allows direct communication between doctors and their patients through interactive video communication.
“We have made remote clinics available to save people’s time and efforts, as it is possible to communicate directly with the doctor, without the need to come to the clinic,” the minister of health said earlier.