New board to develop Saudi architecture, design industry

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Updated 27 July 2020

New board to develop Saudi architecture, design industry

  • The authority will hold training sessions, adopt professional training programs, build up educational programs and provide scholarships for talented people in coordination with relevant entities

RIYADH: A newly appointed board of directors of Saudi Arabia’s Architecture and Design Authority will help develop the Kingdom’s architecture and design industry.
The Culture Ministry announced the formation of the board, with Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Farhan as chairman of the board and Deputy Culture Minister Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez as vice chairman and member.
The board will have a number of responsibilities and missions, including issuing decisions to achieve the authority’s goals.
Moreover, the board will supervise implementation of the authority’s strategies and approve policies related to its activities, rules, regulations, internal and technical procedures, and all ongoing plans and programs.
Membership of the board will extend for three years and is renewable. The board must hold its meetings four times yearly or whenever needed.
It will also promote funding and investment in areas related to the authority’s jurisdiction, propose industry standards and present them to the ministry, and encouraging individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop content in the architecture and design sector.
The authority will hold training sessions, adopt professional training programs, build up educational programs and provide scholarships for talented people in coordination with relevant entities.
It will also work to support protection of intellectual property rights, licensing activities, and creating a database for the sector.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

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KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

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