King Salman Center for Disability Research invites academics to submit projects for 2020

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (AFP)
Updated 26 November 2019

King Salman Center for Disability Research invites academics to submit projects for 2020

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of trustees of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), directed the center to start receiving qualitative research projects for its 2020 research plan. The center is looking for studies related to disabilities in the Kingdom, prevention, early detection and intervention, and expansion of the relevant programs such as prenatal screening, testing and early-birth screening.

Dr. Ola Abu Sukkar, KSCDR executive director, explained that the center is strengthening its national scientific role and enhancing its mission of serving people through its academic activities. She added that the center’s strategy has three key aims: Focusing on building a comprehensive, scientific database to provide accurate information on the proportion and distribution of individuals with disabilities in the Kingdom, the causes and prevention of various disabilities and to prepare empirical research on effective interventions.

In August, KSCDR and Saudi Human Rights Commission signed a memorandum of understanding to protect the rights of persons with disabilities and to achieve the best standards in this domain.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.