Sayidaty brings together stars & artists in ‘Baqat Houb’

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Updated 22 November 2020

Sayidaty brings together stars & artists in ‘Baqat Houb’

RIYADH: Sayidaty hosted last week a virtual event and concert to mark the successful completion of “Lamatna Saudia,” a 90-day Saudi National Day campaign launched by Sayidaty and Arrajol magazines. During the event, which included the participation of several Arab artists, the campaign winners were announced. 

The one-hour program, titled “Baqat Houb,” was hosted by YouTuber Hutun Al-Qadi. She announced a competition, asking participants to share the most influential couplet of the song “Leila” by Saudi singer and composer Dr. Abdel Rab Idris.

The concert began with the Saudi national anthem performed by Saudi opera singer Sawsan Al-Bahiti, followed by a video highlighting the results of the campaign.

The participating artists included popular names from the Arab world, such as, Lebanese musical composer and soprano Heba Al-Kawas, media personality and artist Arwa, Jordanian singer Zain Al-Awad, Egyptian Star Academy winner Heidi Moussa, and Rawa Al-Hashemi, known for her participation in the Riyadh Season.

“Lamatna Saudia” drew hundreds of entries consisting of photos, paintings, poetry, videos and songs, from participants expressing their love for and pride in the Kingdom by sharing their creative works. 

The four winners, chosen by a special jury and announced during the online event, will be promoted by Sayidaty in its activities and campaigns throughout the next year, and their contributions will be published by the magazine on its website and social media channels. The winners are:

• First, Al-Anoud Abdel-Hakim, an actress and poet, who participated with her sister Nada in the song “Hanna Al-Saudioun.”

• Second, Nayef Al-Fifi, a plastic artist with visual impairment, who defied his disability to make beautiful paintings.

• Third, Yazid Saad Al-Hussaini, a videographer and photographer, who presented unique photos.

• Fourth, Hussain Saeed Al-Rabeh, a sign language interpreter and trainer, who sent in a video showing a group of children with special needs, performing the Saudi national anthem.

“Baqat Houb” concluded with the performances of singers Al-Awad and Moussa.


SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

Updated 28 November 2020

SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the successful commercialization of an anti-fog film it designed especially for COVID-19 protection equipment, such as safety face shields and goggles, used in frontline work environments.

Lexan HP92AF features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog even at very high ambient humidity, ensuring long-lasting optical clarity. The product has confirmed its superior anti-fog performance in extensive testing under the harshest conditions. It does not exhibit any hazing at saturation as could be observed with competitive materials. Moreover, the anti-fog coating technology has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate film.

“We have identified a gap in the market when it comes to the effective protection of frontline workers against the COVID-19 pathogen. In work environments subjected to sudden temperature changes and high humidity, visors and safety goggles often fail to provide adequate long-term anti-fog performance. This forces workers to either not wear such visors and safety goggles at all or to take these off for frequent wiping,” said Ahmet Kizilirmakli, senior business manager Americas, SABIC.

“Our new Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film offers the solution many companies have been looking for. Excellent optical quality and high-impact strength of polycarbonate combined with our advanced anti-fog technology make the product the ultimate choice for face shields and other clear view personal protection equipment with long-lasting optical clarity in these environments,” he added.

Besides visors, face masks and safety goggles, other targeted applications include motorcycle visors, ski goggles, automotive cluster lenses, medical instrument lenses and displays as well as industrial lenses.

SABIC’s new anti-fog film product shows excellent die cutting and printability. The anti-fog film is thermoformable and withstands repeated cleaning with lukewarm water, mild soap solutions, or common glass cleaners.

With a width of 48 inches, Lexan HP92AF is globally available in a wide range of gauges from 7 to 30 mil (178 to 752 µm).

“The rapid commercialization of Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film underscores our commitment to helping our customers enhance the protection of frontline workers against COVID-19,” said Mark Troszak, film segment leader at SABIC.

“In high-humidity environments, the time-to-fog makes a difference. This product can ensure optimum optical clarity over extended periods, allowing the users of face shields and other transparent safety equipment to concentrate on their jobs safely without being impaired by fogging,” he added.

Troszak said that SABIC has the capability to satisfy customer-specific requirements by adapting this technology to other existing Lexan-coated film solutions.