Dr. Yaseen Arabi, Saudi doctor

Dr. Yaseen Arabi
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Updated 18 June 2020

Dr. Yaseen Arabi, Saudi doctor

Dr. Yaseen Arabi is the chairman of the intensive care department and the medical director of respiratory services at King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh (KAMC-R).
Arabi moderated a panel titled “COVID-19: Health and Beyond” on the virtual T20 conference, “Policy Recommendations for a Post-COVID-19 World,” on Monday.
The panel discussed important factors on how medical facilities and health sectors could move forward from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, stressing the importance of ensuring health care is provided to all of humanity, including the underprivileged.
The T20 engagement group brings policy experts from institutions from around the world to come up with solutions to
global issues and deliver them
to G20 leaders.
Arabi completed a two-year residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit in the US in 1994, and spent the next year there as a chief medical resident. From 1995 to 1998, he undertook a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in the
city of Madison.
The same year, Arabi joined KAMC-R where he remains today. He is currently a professor at the King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences, and has previously taught at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center.
Arabi has been a member of several committees including at the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the administrative board of the Saudi Society of Critical Care.
He has had an extensive career, which has seen him recieve many international awards, including the Ministry of Health Pioneer Research Award in 2019 for innovative research that influenced ongoing health domains, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saudi Critical Care Society, the Saudi Universities Excellence Award in Scientific Productivity, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award in 2017, and the Bary A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management in 2011.

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

Updated 06 July 2020

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

  • Saudi capital’s planning chief unveils ambitious strategy ahead of G20 urban development summit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is launching a SR3 trillion ($800 billion) plan to double the size of Riyadh in the next decade and transform it into an economic, social and cultural hub for the region.

The ambitious strategy for the capital city was unveiled by Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh, ahead of key meetings of the U20, the arm of the G20 leaders’ summit that deals with urban development and strategy.

“Riyadh is already a very important economic engine for the Kingdom, and although it’s already very successful, the plan now, under Vision 2030, is to actually take that way further, to double the population to 15 million people,” he told Arab News.

“We’ve already launched 18 megaprojects in the city, worth over SR1 trillion, over $250 billion, to both improve livability and deliver much higher economic growth so we can create jobs and double the population in 10 years. It’s a significant plan and the whole city is working to make sure this happens.”

About $250 billion in investment is expected from the private sector, with the same amount generated by increased economic activity from population growth, finance and banking, cultural and desert tourism, and leisure events.


  • 18 megaprojects have already been launched worth over $250 billion.
  • 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years.
  • King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London.

“We must also ensure the growth is managed properly, so there will be a focus on transport and logistics, including the Riyadh metro which will open at the beginning of next year. The aim is to increase productivity,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plan involves the creation of a “mega industrial zone” focusing on advanced technology such as renewables and automation, and biotechnology and aquaponics. Another key feature is sustainability, with energy conservation, the circular carbon economy with its emphasis on reducing emissions, and water management, all priorities.

“You will see 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years, and King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London,” Al-Rasheed said.

The city also aims to be a Middle East artistic and cultural hub. An opera house is being considered, as well as public art shows with 1,000 works commissioned from around the world. “We have not seen anything like it since Renaissance Florence,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plans will be discussed this week during online meetings of the U20 linking Riyadh with Houston. The Texas oil capital is suffering a new spike in coronavirus cases and pandemics will be on the agenda. “We want to deal with this one, but also be ready for the next one,” Al-Rasheed said.