WHO discuss criteria to accredit Madinah as a healthy city

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Visiting World Health Organization (WHO) officials conduct an inspection tour in the holy city of Madinah, accompanied by members of the Supreme Supervisory Committee of Healthy Cities Program in Madinah. (SPA)
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Visiting World Health Organization (WHO) officials conduct an inspection tour in the holy city of Madinah, accompanied by members of the Supreme Supervisory Committee of Healthy Cities Program in Madinah. (SPA)
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Updated 13 December 2019

WHO discuss criteria to accredit Madinah as a healthy city

MADINAH: More than 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies are preparing for WHO’s accreditation of Madinah as a healthy city.

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani, Taibah University rector and chairman of the Supreme Supervisory Committee of Healthy Cities Program in Madinah, said that the program meets more than 97 percent of World Health Organization (WHO) standards and 90 percent of required practices.

On Wednesday Al-Sarani received the WHO delegation to discuss topics related to Madinah’s accreditation as a healthy city. He commended the organization’s efforts globally, especially the Healthy Cities Program and its health, social and environmental impact on countries.

He said that the program aims to improve urban citizens’ health status, especially in areas that require more basic needs, while prioritizing the development of health, environment and social services.

Al-Sarani thanked Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Deputy Governor of Madinah Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal for their support, and said that this would be reflected in the development of medical and health services in Madinah.

He also praised the role of participating sectors that worked hard to achieve all the required standards.

 


Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

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Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

  • Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture

MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.

“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.

He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid.

Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.

“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.

He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”

The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.

“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.

He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.

As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.

Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.

“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.

He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.

“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”

He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.

The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.