Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Updated 12 June 2019

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements.
The directive came after a recommendation by the Minister of Labor and Social Development and Chairman of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities Ahmed Al-Rajhi. 
Al-Rajhi made the recommendation after noting the use of different terms to describe persons with disabilities in several media reports and statements issued by governmental entities.
The authority’s executive chairman, Hisham Al-Haidari, said the move was part of the authority’s aim to strengthen services for disabled people to receive necessary care and rehabilitation
Al-Haidari said the high number of terms used to described people with disabilities and the use of local terms rather than international terminology meant communication with non-Arabic speakers at international forums was confused.
He called on all ministries, institutions and governmental bodies to implement the royal order and adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all communications and avoid other references.
He said the use of the term “persons with disabilities” is an integral part of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the international conventions it has signed, adding that it is a universally agreed term.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.