Mix-and-match approach approved and safe to use, says Saudi Health Ministry

More than 36.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the Kingdom so far at a rate of 314,901 doses each day. (SPA)
More than 36.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the Kingdom so far at a rate of 314,901 doses each day. (SPA)
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Updated 30 August 2021

Mix-and-match approach approved and safe to use, says Saudi Health Ministry

More than 36.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the Kingdom so far at a rate of 314,901 doses each day. (SPA)
  • 97 percent of government sector workers have completed their inoculations and 96 percent of private sector workers have also completed their doses

JEDDAH: A mixing of different COVID vaccines can trigger potent immune responses and boost immunity against COVID-19, according to a Saudi Ministry of Health spokesman.

In a press conference on Sunday, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly reaffirmed the safety and efficacy of vaccines and said the mix-and-match approach could elicit a stronger and longer lasting response than two doses of one vaccine. “The mixing and matching of the approved vaccines in the Kingdom (AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) have proven safe to administer for beneficiaries and (according to) several studies have proven effective in the face of COVID-19 variants, especially the widespread delta variant that continues to pose a threat,” said Al-Aly.
“The most important thing is to receive the second dose in the right time frame in order to boost personal immunity and increase herd immunity, which will protect the community against variants, especially the delta variant,” he said.
Saudi Arabia reported 208 cases in the Kingdom on Sunday, raising the total number of cases to 544,004. The last time the Kingdom reported cases near Sunday’s numbers was Jan. 20 of this year.
Riyadh reported 69 cases, Makkah 36 and the Eastern Province 22. Both the Northern Borders and Jouf regions reported two cases each and Baha reported only one case.
The authorities reported 393 new recoveries, raising the total number of those who have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic to 532,126 cases.

INNUMBERS

544,004 Total cases

532,126 Recoveries

8,532 Deaths

There are currently 3,346 active cases, 952 of which are in critical care, a fall of 26 critical cases in the past 24 hours.
“The decline is due to the public’s adherence to precautionary measures and protocols, as well as registering for the vaccine and completing both doses,” said Al-Aly.
There were six new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the death toll over the course of the pandemic to 8,532.
More than 36.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the Kingdom so far at a rate of 314,901 doses each day. More than 50,000 PCR tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of tests conducted so far to more than 27.3 million.
Despite the decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom, Saudi authorities warn both establishments and citizens to remain vigilant and adhere to protocols.
Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development spokesman Saad Al-Hammad announced that 735,000 field inspections have been conducted since the beginning of the year, which resulted in registering 8,945 violations in establishments, 57,864 warnings and 10,465 violations registered against individuals in private establishments.
He said stated that 97 percent of government sector workers have completed their inoculations and 96 percent of private sector workers have also completed their doses. “This is an important indicator that there is a heightened level of awareness amongst workers,” he said.


Beit Hail in Saudi Arabia’s north showcases local heritage

Beit Hail in Saudi Arabia’s north showcases local heritage
Updated 35 min 33 sec ago

Beit Hail in Saudi Arabia’s north showcases local heritage

Beit Hail in Saudi Arabia’s north showcases local heritage
  • Ancient Thamudic and Sadu embroidery on display

HAIL: The Beit Hail 15-day festival was launched on Wednesday showcasing local heritage including incense burners, daggers, wicker baskets, and clothes with ancient Thamudic and Sadu embroidery.

Dep. Gov. of Hail Prince Faisal bin Fahd inaugurated the event at Aja Park with the undersecretary of the region, Adel bin Saleh Al-Sheikh, and other officials.

Prince Faisal toured the site and visited the exhibition of the late artist Youssef Al-Shagdali.

The festival also features classic cars and popular, colorful handicrafts created by the region’s artisans.

There were also stalls that showed how cloth is woven and transformed into clothing.

Visitors were entertained by a folklore troupe performing the Saudi Arda.

The event aims to support local talent and boost small businesses.

 

 


The Line city impresses Makkah governor, plans to book first 

The Line city impresses Makkah governor, plans to book first 
Updated 45 min 49 sec ago

The Line city impresses Makkah governor, plans to book first 

The Line city impresses Makkah governor, plans to book first 
  • Prince Khaled Al-Faisal visited the design expo at Jeddah Superdome
  • He was briefed on innovations to alleviate environmental challenges

JEDDAH: The architecture of the futuristic city, The Line, has impressed Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who says he will be the first to book an accommodation once it is complete.

Prince Khalid made the remarks in a tweet following his visit to the NEOM exhibition to see the designs on Wednesday at the Jeddah Superdome.

The governor toured the exhibition that showcases the architectural innovations of the city.

He was also briefed on how the city would help alleviate the critical environmental challenges facing humanity.

Last month, The Line’s designs were revealed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

They showed the most important features of The Line, which is 200 meters wide, 170 kilometers long, and 500 meters high. It will eventually house 9 million people and have a 34 square kilometer footprint.

It will take up less land than other cities of comparable capacity and help to conserve 95 percent of NEOM’s land.

The Line imagines a future without streets, cars or emissions. It will be powered entirely by renewable energy and prioritize health and well-being over transportation and infrastructure.

The exhibition showcases all these aspects of the city. It opened on Aug. 1 and will be taken to other locations from Aug. 14, including Riyadh and the Eastern Province.

It offers 50 guided tours a day in Arabic and English.


Hand-woven Japanese silk fabric artisans turn attention to Saudi Arabia

Hand-woven Japanese silk fabric artisans turn attention to Saudi Arabia
Updated 12 August 2022

Hand-woven Japanese silk fabric artisans turn attention to Saudi Arabia

Hand-woven Japanese silk fabric artisans turn attention to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Kyoto-based Okamoto Orimono Co., Ltd. (branded as Nishijin Okamoto) has worked to provide rare silk fabrics since the Meiji era, and have carried on the techniques and traditions of Nishijin textiles for over 100 years, across four generations.

Nishijin Okamoto is one of the few remaining weaving companies carrying on the historic culture of Nishijin and Kyoto, and the company is offering innovative silk fabrics that will impress the wearer.

Ema Okamoto, textile designer and managing director of Nishijin Okamoto, spoke to Arab News Japan, saying, “I grew up as a child amid the sounds of the machines, the winding threads, and the bustle of the craftsmen in the house and workshop. This atmosphere of the Nishijin workshop is my origin and my life.”

“The people of Saudi Arabia, like us, cherish their roots and as they live their lives. I got a lot of inspi- ration from the regional symbols they showed us wherever we went,” Okamoto said, expressing interest in creating “a traditional collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Japan.”


Outgoing Danish ambassador reflects on his time in Saudi Arabia

Outgoing Danish ambassador reflects on his time in Saudi Arabia
Updated 12 August 2022

Outgoing Danish ambassador reflects on his time in Saudi Arabia

Outgoing Danish ambassador reflects on his time in Saudi Arabia
  • Ole Emil Moesby is leaving the Kingdom after five years as his country’s envoy to the region

RIYADH: Denmark’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Ole Emil Moesby, will bid the Kingdom farewell at the end of his tour of duty in Riyadh later this month.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you,” he told Arab News. “I’ve had a fantastic time here — you usually get more or less emotional when you have to change, but if you are a diplomat, you’re quite used to it changing from one place to the other.

“I can’t think of any time when I felt this — that I am leaving something behind here — which I will miss because the way I’ve been treated and inspired, and the way I’ve been communicating with people, has been extraordinary,” Moesby said.

“The experience I have had has been fantastic, so my message is: Thank you.”

Ambassador Ole Emil Moesby paying a courtesy call to King Salman. (Supplied)

Moesby has been the ambassador of Denmark to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen since Sept. 5, 2017, and his final day of service is Aug. 31.

Talking to Arab News, Moesby highlighted some of his fondest memories in the Kingdom, where he has spent five years, from interacting with the local community and traveling, to being enriched by the culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia.

“It’s been a fantastic time to experience the development and the changes which I have seen in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

“AlUla of course has developed extremely (well) … But even places like Yanbu or Jeddah have actually changed a lot. Not to mention, of course, Riyadh.

Balancing on the "Edge of the World", the Jebel Fihrayn which features 300-meter-high cliffs. It is part of Riyadh's Tuwaiq escarpment. (Supplied)

“It’s actually been interesting to see also how the development has changed attitudes and culture in these places, but yet, at the other side, have actually maintained the heritage of these places,” Moesby explained.

The ambassador witnessed many changes, including the opening of movie theaters in the Kingdom and the lifting of the ban on women driving in 2018.

“I think it’s been fantastic to see that development,” said the envoy. “I have been (here) in a period where I have been for premiers of films in the cinemas, and before … my staff here, which is mainly women, were actually being brought to the embassy in the morning — now they actually drive themselves,” he added.

“So instead of having a problem of traffic, as we had before, we now have a parking problem,” the ambassador joked.

“That’s a fantastic development, and which I will take with me in my memories when I leave.”

The ambassador had also been to Ithra, Ithra, the iconic King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, which was built by Saudi Aramco. (Supplied)

Moebsy explained that he has also been a dedicated Arab News reader, making sure to pick up the newspaper every morning to catch up on events.

“Everything has actually changed since Sept. 5, 2017. So every day, Arab News has actually told me what is happening here. And it’s been a fantastic experience because of the changes that you have seen here,” he said.

The ambassador highlighted the ways his mission has strengthened bilateral relations between Denmark and Saudi Arabia through embassy-led initiatives and collaborations.

“As an ambassador, you have to understand what is happening in Saudi Arabia, and you have to convey that to people in Denmark, and you have to make people in Saudi Arabia understand what the thinking is in Denmark. That’s the way to develop a bilateral relationship,” he said.

Most of his efforts have been to put into trade, developing business partnerships, and promoting cultural exchanges.

One of these efforts was hosting a women’s football tournament in Saudi Arabia with 28 teams from all over the Kingdom, called the Global Goals World Cup.

“We’ve been very active in setting up football for females. The tournament that we had was a big success … because it also demonstrated the role that females can play in sports events,” he said.

In February, the embassy hosted celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the ambassador invited young female Saudi artists to paint a picture of the queen to mark the event.

“It’s an amazing development of cultural abilities and possibilities in Saudi Arabia that can happen. And for the queen in Denmark, she would see that as a good signal of the long-term good relations that we have between Saudi Arabia and Denmark,” Moesby said.

Ambassador Ole Emil Moesby has visited the ancient city of Al-'Ula, an archaeological wonder located in the northwestern region of Madinah. (Supplied)

He concluded his interview by leaving a message to his successor, Liselotte Kjaersgaard Plesner, who will be the next ambassador.

“My successor, she is one of our top diplomats in the Danish service,” Moesby said.

“I just hope she can just be half as happy as I am in being here, (then) I will be more than happy.

“An important message to say to her is that the perceptions that we sometimes all are under in Europe or Denmark, and in the US, you can’t get close to the reality unless you have seen it yourself,” he said.

The ambassador added that people should not form their opinions of a country without examining it and being a part of the culture first.

“You have to come here. You have to live here. You have to understand and communicate with people here, otherwise, it won’t happen,” he said.

 


Manuscripts go on display at Qur’an exhibition in Asir

Manuscripts go on display at Qur’an exhibition in Asir
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Manuscripts go on display at Qur’an exhibition in Asir

Manuscripts go on display at Qur’an exhibition in Asir

ABHA: The Asir regional branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance launched a “Qur’an Al-Sharif” exhibition on Wednesday in the Rashid Mall complex in Abha. 

The 10-day exhibition will highlight the Kingdom’s efforts in publishing and printing the Islamic holy book.

Visitors will be able to view the history and work of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah on a special screen. 

A display of manuscripts is among the major features of the exhibition, which will be open both morning and evening.

The exhibition will also highlight the ministry’s digital applications and programs.