Saudi Red Crescent joins Interior Ministry’s 911 services

Saudi Red Crescent Authority ambulances and motorcycle escorts on formation during a celebration. (SPA photo)
Updated 12 July 2019

Saudi Red Crescent joins Interior Ministry’s 911 services

  • MOI allocates 2,944 portable sets, 506 vehicle-mounted devices and 574 desktops to the SRCA
  • Ministry has also linked SRCA to two of its sites in Makkah and Al-Humiyat through the fiber optic network

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) has joined the services of the Ministry of Interior through the 911 Unified Security Operations Center and a new fiber optic cable network.  

Prince Bandar bin Abdullah Al-Mishari, the assistant minister of interior for technology affairs, inaugurated the ceremony for launching the cooperation between the ministry and the SRCA.

Prince Bandar said that this new achievement will contribute to enhancing communications procedures received through the 911 Unified Security Operations Center.

He added: “This technology partnership saves time and supports the development and prosperity journey planned by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

Prince Bandar also thanked the president of the SRCA, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qasem.

Maj. Gen. Fahd Al-Zaraa, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for security capabilities, said that the importance of this partnership lies in enhancing integration among the Kingdom’s sectors in the various services provided to citizens.

“This move unites efforts, reduces duplication of resources and utilizes the infrastructure available to both parties to achieve the highest levels of sustainable development,” he added.

Al-Zaraa added that the ministry has allocated 2,944 portable sets, 506 vehicle-mounted devices and 574 desktops to the SRCA in addition to linking two of its sites in Makkah and Al-Humiyat through the fiber optic network.

Al-Zaraa said that the ministry looks forward to providing integrated wireless coverage in all Saudi cities and areas where emergency services are provided.

Al-Qasem thanked the minister of interior, the assistant minister of interior for technology affairs and the team for the efforts made to ensure the success of the technical linkage initiative.

 


‘Dare to dream,’ football hero Thierry Henry tells Saudi fans

Footballing great Thierry Henry thrills fans as he signs 10 footballs on stage and tosses them to the audience. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 4 min 25 sec ago

‘Dare to dream,’ football hero Thierry Henry tells Saudi fans

  • Fans got up close and personal with the former champion during a segment called the lightning round, where Henry had to answer questions in 10 seconds

DHAHRAN: Stepping onto the Tanween stage in front of a sold-out venue full of cheering fans, footballing great Thierry Henry was quick to say how “hyped” he was to meet his Saudi supporters.
As a guest and speaker at Tanween Season, the former Arsenal striker and French international faced a busy schedule on Saturday after arriving at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran.
First, he had a “meet and greet” with fans, many wearing Arsenal shirts, which was quickly followed by a discussion of the theme for this year’s event, “Play.”
After two young footballers from Riyadh performed a series of tricks that included balancing a football on one leg, then kicking it in the air to land on their backs, Henry said: “I would have broken my back trying to do that. It’s not easy.”
On his second visit to Saudi Arabia — the first was to Riyadh last year — Henry said that he was impressed by this year’s Tanween theme since he had seen firsthand the results of a children’s quality-of-life program at Tanween.
“What I liked most was to see the smiles on the faces of those children when I was walking around the impressive building. Being able to dream is key for me, but seeing how the youngsters were interacting, and how happy they were with their families walking around, was just priceless,” he said.
Growing up, Henry’s father played an important role in his development. The footballer did not miss a beat when answering that his father was his idol. “My dad was the hardest man to please; to put a smile on his face was the hardest thing to do,” he said.
Although the footballer grew up in a “not so great” Paris neighborhood, he considered it an enriching cultural experience. “It was great for me at the time because it allowed me to travel, although I wasn’t really traveling,” he said.
France’s colonial history meant he was exposed to different cultures early in his life.
“If I going upstairs to have couscous, to the second floor to have Senegalese food, or to eat with the Portuguese downstairs, it allowed me to travel, staying where I was,” he explained.
During his talk Henry showed that his Arabic extends to common niceties such as “shukran,” “afwan” and “alsalamau alaikum.”
Having an impact on the English Premier League and his role in Arsenal’s record-breaking era almost two decades ago are more important to him that being considered the world’s best striker, he said. As for his favorite stadium, Henry was quick to choose Highbury.
Offering advice to younger Saudis in the audience, Henry urged them to face their problems calmly and cleverly.
“Don’t run away. Face it and don’t be scared to fail. Come back again, but smarter,” he said.
Fans got up close and personal with the former champion during a segment called the lightning round, where Henry had to answer questions in 10 seconds. That revealed that he has always admired Muhammad Ali as the greatest, Messi is his current favorite football player and winning the World Cup was the most memorable moment in his career.
After the talk, Henry thrilled the crowd — a reminder of his playing days — by tossing 10 footballs to lucky fans who cheered as he left the stage.