$26m hospital in Saudi Arabia’s Qassim to improve veterinary services

The Salam Veterinary Camel Hospital, in the Qassim region, cost an estimated SR100 million ($26.66 million). (SPA)
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Updated 15 February 2020

$26m hospital in Saudi Arabia’s Qassim to improve veterinary services

  • The Salam Veterinary Camel Hospital, in the Qassim region, cost an estimated SR100 million ($26.66 million) and aims to allow the private sector to provide camel breeders with veterinary services

RIYADH: The world’s largest and most modern camel hospital is nearing completion in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported, with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture following up on the facility’s final construction and operational stages.
The Salam Veterinary Camel Hospital, in the Qassim region, cost an estimated SR100 million ($26.66 million) and aims to allow the private sector to provide camel breeders with veterinary services and ensure the sector’s sustainability and development.
The ministry’s undersecretary for animal resources, Dr. Hamad Al-Batshan, reviewed the project’s progress and the Salam Veterinary Group’s expansion plan, including the construction of another hospital. 


Saudi app fights fake promotions, discounts

Some stores raise the prices then claim they are offering discounts. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi app fights fake promotions, discounts

  • Companies and online businesses can apply for a discount license and promote seasonal sales through the application

RIYADH: A new electronic app will now protect consumers against fake and illegal discount offers and promotions, said a spokesman for the Saudi Commerce Ministry.
The app will also let consumers check if sales are still valid and useable. If they are invalid, consumers can report violations directly to the ministry, he said on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Abdulrahman Al-Hussain, said that companies offering discounts are required to follow certain procedures. They must apply for a license, mention products covered by discounts, provide a list of product prices before and after discount, give a discount percentage and put a before and after prices on a product price tag, he said.
The e-discounts app also lists companies that have a license to offer discounts, and explains the types of discounts licensed by the ministry. The app can be accessed on smartphones.

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The e-discounts app lists companies that have a license to offer discounts.

Another feature available on the app is the ability to search for consumables or companies and show the percentage and duration of discounts. It also allows consumers to find the location of a company through Google Maps.
“The ministry requires the companies to print the license of discounts and display it properly. For online stores, the license of discounts should be clearly shown on the website,” said Al-Hussain.
“Companies and online businesses can apply for a discount license and promote seasonal sales through the application. This service gives discounts, sales, and promotions more credibility,” he added.
Muhammad Al-Hamad, a former president of the Consumer Protection Association, said the ministry should double-check the prices before discounts and ensure there is a price tag showing the price and the value-added tax, as well as the discount percentage and price after tax.
“Some stores raise the prices then claim they are offering discounts. The consumer should search for the quality before the price and also ask if there is an aftersales service,” he said. “The consumer should also demand a receipt because this is the only proof showing that he or she has bought the product,” he added.