Saudi Arabia organizes art exhibition for autistic children

Saudi Arabia organizes art exhibition for autistic children
Saudi Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Majid Al-Ghanmi. (SPA)
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Updated 05 April 2021

Saudi Arabia organizes art exhibition for autistic children

Saudi Arabia organizes art exhibition for autistic children
  • April is dedicated to increasing awareness about ASD, so ACE is launching several events including the April Autism Awareness Conference in cooperation with the Center for Autism Research

RIYADH: The Kingdom has launched its first art exhibition for autistic children, the Saudi Press Agency reported, as part of a campaign this month to raise awareness about the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Saudi Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Majid Al-Ghanmi, who is also chairman of the board of directors at the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), launched the event.
The exhibition is the result of cooperation between ACE and the College of Arts and Design at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. It aims to provide autistic children with new artistic skills.
April is dedicated to increasing awareness about ASD, so ACE is launching several events including the April Autism Awareness Conference in cooperation with the Center for Autism Research. Children will also be taken to the movies, the zoo and entertainment centers.
On World Autism Awareness Day, Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said that the Kingdom supported global projects and programs that sought to raise awareness about ASD and empowered autistic children and adults.
“We are positive that the future will be bright for a society in which support and empowerment prevail,” he added.


Riyadh Season: Groves offers relaxing spa, shopping, entertainment, culinary experience

The zone contains several open spaces including an area surrounded by palm trees where visitors can discover its various activities. (Photos/Saleh Al-Ghanim)
The zone contains several open spaces including an area surrounded by palm trees where visitors can discover its various activities. (Photos/Saleh Al-Ghanim)
Updated 29 November 2021

Riyadh Season: Groves offers relaxing spa, shopping, entertainment, culinary experience

The zone contains several open spaces including an area surrounded by palm trees where visitors can discover its various activities. (Photos/Saleh Al-Ghanim)
  • This place is ‘all about nature, relaxation, and quietness, so each zone has its flavor’

RIYADH: One of Riyadh Season’s 14 zones, the Groves, has opened its doors for visitors to experience its spa, restaurants, shops, and shows.

The Groves has combined work and relaxation through an area called The House, which consists of business meeting rooms in a luxurious environment.
Siham Hassanain, general manager of the Groves, told Arab News that the zone was a garden that reflected its name, meaning field of trees.
She said: “Visitors can hear the sound of fountains, water, and birds ... the place also has a special scent. The logo of the Groves contains the four elements of life which are water, air, fire, and earth.
“So, I used these four elements of life in the Groves. The water resembles the relaxation of the place, fire means action and attractions, earth means food, and air means memories.”
The zone contains several open spaces including Al-Jalsa, an area surrounded by palm trees where visitors can view the site and discover its various activities.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Groves has combined work and relaxation through an area called The House, which consists of business meeting rooms in a luxurious environment.

• People can enjoy a number of attractions while at the Groves, including birds of Eden, an afternoon high tea experience where a selection of the finest teas are served in an aviary filled with classical live music.

People can enjoy a number of attractions while at the Groves, including birds of Eden, an afternoon high tea experience where a selection of the finest teas are served in an aviary filled with classical live music. Other restaurants such as GEM.IN.I and El Lechazo offer a range culinary delights.
Followers of fashion can buy from local designers showcasing their latest collections, and dog owners and their pets can meet in Riyadh’s first-ever canine park, Lucaland.

Dog owners and their pets can meet in Riyadh’s first- ever canine park, Lucaland.

Hassanain, founder of Siham International Trading Co., a Saudi firm operating in the hospitality, food, and beverage industry, noted that the Groves was located in the city’s Diplomatic Quarter with commanding views of Wadi Hanifah.
“Nature and trees are all around. Wadi Hanifah offers a unique experience ... a place to relax.
“Each zone in Riyadh Season has its own unique experience. If you want a vibrant area, go to Boulevard Riyadh City. Visit Al-Murabaa to try international restaurants. If you are looking for an Arabian night experience in the desert, Riyadh Oasis is the place.
“But the Groves is all about nature, relaxation, and quietness, so each zone has its flavor,” she added.


Largest cybersecurity conference in the world kicks off in Riyadh

The conference, one of the largest in the world in the cybersecurity field, aims to enhance the advanced cyber skills of the region’s youth. (Supplied)
The conference, one of the largest in the world in the cybersecurity field, aims to enhance the advanced cyber skills of the region’s youth. (Supplied)
Updated 26 min 34 sec ago

Largest cybersecurity conference in the world kicks off in Riyadh

The conference, one of the largest in the world in the cybersecurity field, aims to enhance the advanced cyber skills of the region’s youth. (Supplied)
  • Companies from around the world are taking part in the event

RIYADH: The @Hack conference, one of the largest in the world in the cybersecurity field, kicked off in Riyadh on Nov. 28, with companies from around the world taking part.

Ahmed Abdulkhaliq, central area manager of a company related to security systems, told Arab News that the conference is significant to his work because it showcases cutting-edge developments in information and server security.
“I work in maintenance and operation of the security equipment field, and it’s very important for us to know the new technology regarding cybersecurity because most of our work is related to governmental sectors,” Abdulkhaliq said.
Usually hosted in the US and now in the Kingdom, the three-day conference specializes in connecting cybersecurity enthusiasts and companies.
@Hack showcases everything new in the field and offers activities for visitors including training, lectures and competitions. It aims to bring together major cybersecurity companies such as Kaspersky, IBM and Cisco.
About 80 specialized training courses and workshops hosted by global cybersecurity experts are being offered at the conference.
@Hack will also hold competitions, with a total prize fund of SR1 million ($266,000) on offer. There is also an interactive space for exchanging technical opinions, networking and building professional relationships.
In the business hall, more than 170 companies displayed their services and their latest innovations, including major international companies, local government and private sector organizations and emerging technology businesses.
The conference is organized within the activities of the Riyadh Season 2021 by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, in partnership with Blackhat and the General Entertainment Authority.
Reham Ahmed, an IT student, said that she heard about @Hack from Blackhat, and is interested in cybersecurity and digital forensics.
“It is my first time attending an event related to cybersecurity, and I saw a lot of big companies here like Starlink. When I heard that @Hack is not in Los Angeles this year but in Riyadh, I knew that this event would be big, and of course, because it’s one of Riyadh Season’s activities,” Ahmed said.
One of the most important strategic objectives of the conference is to enhance the advanced cyber skills of the region’s youth, support them with technical skills in preparation for digital transformation, attract business tourism, and entice technology companies to Riyadh and the Kingdom.


Who’s Who: Sarah A. Assiri, first secretary at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sarah A. Assiri. (Supplied)
Sarah A. Assiri. (Supplied)
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Who’s Who: Sarah A. Assiri, first secretary at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sarah A. Assiri. (Supplied)

Sarah A. Assiri has been first secretary at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2018. She is currently working with the minister of state for African affairs, Ahmad Kattan, and is learning from his knowledge and experience.
Assiri is also in charge of international cooperation in African affairs, representing the country in the Friends of Sudan Group, and is in charge of the Horn of Africa region.
She has visited African countries with Kattan and is looking forward to seeing more of the continent’s diverse beauty.
In 2017, Assiri worked with the Saudi ambassador in Yemen, Mohammad Al-Jabir, who helped to expand her perception of diplomacy and grow in the humanitarian and development fields.
She worked with organizations such as the Saudi Fund for Development, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and the Saudi Reconstruction and Development Program for Yemen.
She also worked with the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, representing Saudi Arabia on several occasions.
Assiri has highlighted to UN headquarters the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen, which are helping to alleviate suffering in the country.
During Japan’s presidency of the G20 in 2019, Assiri was part of the Saudi delegation headed by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Nagoya, where she worked until the leaders’ summit last November,
She led the workshop that followed the extraordinary meetings of the G20 foreign ministers on border management. Earlier in her career, Assiri worked as a teacher for a short period. Twitter: @Sa400

She graduated from King Saud University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the College of English Language and Literature in 2012.
Assiri is passionate about writing and is interested in arts and culture. In 2017, she started an Arabic language blog, writing about everyday life, travel, films, music, and literature.
Her diplomatic life started in 2009, and she remembers the words of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal: “Diplomacy is not only a job, but also a lifestyle.”


EU’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Hail Chamber

EU’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Hail Chamber. (SPA)
EU’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Hail Chamber. (SPA)
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EU’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Hail Chamber

EU’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Hail Chamber. (SPA)
  • Patrick Simonnet shared ideas on investment and trade opportunities, outlined future investment plans

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, the EU’s ambassador to the Kingdom, on Monday visited the Hail Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss various economic issues in the region. During the meeting, he shared ideas on investment and trade opportunities, outlined future investment plans among European and Saudi companies, and discussed trade cooperation.


Saudi Arabia to convene meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Afghans are facing a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis this winter. (Supplied)
Afghans are facing a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis this winter. (Supplied)
Updated 17 min 34 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to convene meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Afghans are facing a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis this winter. (Supplied)
  • Saudi Arabia hopes it will also serve as an opportunity to demonstrate a collective stance on key principles

RIYADH: Afghans are facing a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis this winter and millions of people are in need of immediate assistance, including access to food, medicine, and shelter, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
An impending economic collapse and further deterioration of living conditions will lead to more instability within Afghanistan, which will adversely affect regional and international peace and security.
Saudi Arabia has called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to urgently convene an extraordinary ministerial meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and pathways for a humanitarian response.
Pakistan has offered to host this meeting in Islamabad on Dec. 17.
The Kingdom hopes that the meeting results in finding appropriate means and mechanisms to deliver aid to Afghans, and to coordinate procedures with relevant UN agencies, international financial institutions, and the global community to mitigate the humanitarian impact and alleviate the suffering of Afghans.
The Kingdom hopes it will also serve as an opportunity to demonstrate a collective stance on key principles.
These include the importance of taking steps to ensure Afghanistan’s security and stability and preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity, free from external interference, while rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and ensuring that Afghan territory is not used as a refuge or haven for terrorist and extremist groups.
This meeting should also urge the interim government in Afghanistan to be more inclusive, to abide by international norms and conventions, and to respect human rights and women’s rights to work and education granted in Islam.
The Kingdom urges member states, international organizations, and invited countries to actively participate in this extraordinary ministerial meeting in order to mobilize Islamic and international action to help Afghans.