Saudi ambassador: Vision 2030 reforms bring India ‘immense opportunities’

Saudi ambassador: Vision 2030 reforms bring India ‘immense opportunities’
Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati praised relations with India in an article for The Indian Express (SPA)
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Updated 21 September 2021

Saudi ambassador: Vision 2030 reforms bring India ‘immense opportunities’

Saudi ambassador: Vision 2030 reforms bring India ‘immense opportunities’
  • Writing in The Indian Express newspaper, Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Sati praises relations
  • Says Indian investment in the Kingdom continues to grow

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic reform program has created “immense opportunities” for Indian companies, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to India said.

Writing in The Indian Express newspaper, Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati said the number of Indian companies investing in the Kingdom had continued to grow.
“In our endeavor to achieve the Vision 2030 strategic goals, we have created immense opportunities and an attractive business environment for our strategic partners,” Al-Sati said. 

Vision 2030 aims to diversify the Saudi economy away from fossil fuels and increase non-oil revenue, including from foreign investment.

Al-Sati said that in 2020, 44 new licenses were issued for Indian investments and that Saudi Arabia had made investments worth $2.81 billion in areas including renewable energy, agriculture and health.

In the column to mark Saudi Arabia’s National Day on Thursday, Al-Sati praised relations with India.
“Our dynamic cultural, socio-economic, and political partnership is based on mutual respect and shared values and interests and shall continue to thrive for the interests of our two friendly people and the people of the region,” he said.

Al-Sati outlined the progress made by Vision 2030 since it was announced in April 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

He said the reforms had helped Saudi Arabia weather COVID-19 and that the Kingdom’s investment environment was returning to pre-pandemic levels.


Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Jazan

Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Jazan
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Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Jazan

Saudi air defenses destroy Houthi drone targeting Jazan

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses intercepted a Houthi drone aimed at Jazan, the Arab coalition said early Saturday.
The Houthis consistently target civilian infrastructure in the Kingdom using explosive drones.
The Kingdom has labeled Houthi attempts to target civilians as war crimes.
In October, attacks on Abha and Jazan airports in southern Saudi Arabia sparked widespread condemnation of the militia’s tactics of targeting civilian sites.
The Arab coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthis, after the militia seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in 2014.
Saudi Arabia as repeatedly said the only way to a peaceful Yemen is through dialogue, and has called on the Houthis to end the fighting. The Riyadh Initiative, which was launch by the Kingdom in March, includes a nationwide ceasefire and a plan to reopen Sanaa airport. The plan has been rejected by the Houthis.
Fighting in Marib province has claimed thousands of lives, among both government and Houthi forces. The resource-rich region has been heavily contested as the militia seek to strengthen their control of northern Yemen.
The war, which has now lasted for seven years, has cost thousands of Yemenis their lives and has forced many more to depend on humanitarian assistance.
Saudi relief agency, KSrelief, has poured in billions of dollars worth of aid into Yemen and has hundreds of projects focusing on food and health.


Saudi campaigners are highlighting the risks of breast cancer — and not only for women

Saudi campaigners are highlighting the risks of breast cancer — and not only for women
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Saudi campaigners are highlighting the risks of breast cancer — and not only for women

Saudi campaigners are highlighting the risks of breast cancer — and not only for women
  • While cases among males are rare, the illness follows the same path as in women

RIYADH: Breast cancer has long been known as one of the greatest health risks for women, with incidence rates of up to 30 percent in Saudi Arabia, according to some studies.
However, less well known is that men can also fall victim to the disease.
While cases among males are rare, the illness follows the same path as in women, with cells in the breast growing abnormally, dividing rapidly and then spreading to lymph nodes and other parts of the body, often with devastating consequences.
The risks of the disease to both women and men are being highlighted during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed every October as part of an international health campaign.
Global events include walks and runs, and the lighting of city landmarks in pink — the color used by campaigners worldwide to highlight their stand against breast cancer. Joining the campaign, major buildings in Riyadh have been illuminated in pink every night, while other cities across the Kingdom have also taken part in activities to raise awareness.
Thirty female cyclists rode around the streets of Jeddah dressed in pink to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of the illness, and to offer support to survivors. The initiative was organized by Al-Murjan investment group in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Brave Cyclist club.
The Saudi government and private sector also will launch a series of initiatives, including educational exhibitions, lectures, mall drives, sports activities and mammogram screenings to promote awareness of the disease.
Arab News, the leading English daily in the region, has placed a pink ribbon on its masthead to highlight the important role that screening plays in combating the devastating disease.
According to a World Health Organization 2018 report, the incidence of breast cancer among females in Saudi Arabia stands at almost 30 percent. The illness is more common among over-40s, the health ministry said.
Early detection of breast cancer can significantly improve chances of recovery in both women and men, experts say.
Dr. Osama Halaweh, a hematologist and medical oncologist at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, told Arab News: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it does occur in men as well, though rarely. But awareness of the possibility is important. Since there is no screening for breast cancer in men, it is usually detected at a later stage when the lymph nodes are involved.”
Dr. Amer Mahmood, associate professor and molecular biologist at the College of Medicine in King Saud University, said: “Breast cancer is rare in men and usually happens in those over 60, but can occasionally affect younger men. About one in every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the US is found in a man.”
Common symptoms of breast cancer in men a lump or swelling in the breast, irritation or dimpling of the skin, nipple discharge or pain in the nipple area, he added.
Mahmood said that early diagnosis dramatically improves the chances of a cure. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the breast tissue. Other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, also may be recommended.
While the exact cause of breast cancer in men is not known, several factors increase the likelihood of developing the disease, he said.
Some men inherit abnormal, or mutated, genes from their parents, putting them at a greater risk of developing breast and prostate cancers. Other conditions that increase the level of oestrogen in the body will also add to the breast cancer risk.
However, male breast cancer is often overlooked. In 2009, the advocacy groups Out of the Shadow of Pink, A Man’s Pink, and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in Men joined forces to have the third week of October labeled Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.
Studies in Europe and the US have shown that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.
Halaweh said that the illness in women can be hereditary in about 5 percent of cases, so genetic testing is important to determine personal and family risk.
“Currently, there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, but there is knowledge of risk factors that increase the possibility of developing the disease. So prevention and early detection remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control,” he added.
Advances in breast cancer management include systemic therapies in which drugs are used to target cancer cells wherever they may be in the body. These approaches include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted drugs and immunotherapy.
Mahmood said that cancer is a universal public health problem and a leading cause of death worldwide, claiming an estimated 9.6 million lives in 2018.
Breast cancer is by far the most prevalent form, followed by lung cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. In absolute numbers, cancers in Islamic countries caused 1.02 million deaths in 2012, accounting for 17.4 percent of the total deaths in low and middle-income countries and 12 percent of the global cancer deaths, he added.
A balanced diet, and losing weight in cases of obesity may help to lower risk. Increased body weight is linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause.
Studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity can reduce breast cancer risk, Mahmood said.
The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week, preferably spread throughout the week.


Saudi businesses think pink for October breast cancer awareness campaign

Saudi businesses think pink for October breast cancer awareness campaign
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Saudi businesses think pink for October breast cancer awareness campaign

Saudi businesses think pink for October breast cancer awareness campaign

JEDDAH: Saudi businesses have joined the annual October drive to think pink with increasingly innovative ways to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
Every year the pink ribbon symbol is used around the world to represent solidarity with breast cancer sufferers and show charity support for the health movement.
The condition is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Saudi women, and the annual global awareness campaign highlights not only the challenges and threats posed by the disease but also new research on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
And whether offering a free checkup or a unique October product, Saudi firms have been at the forefront of the monthlong pink link push in the Kingdom.
Shaimaa Waleed, owner and founder of Jeddah-based Woow ice cream shop, has created a special edition of pink ice cream to mark the occasion.
She said: “I learned that one-out-of-eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and I wanted to remind women that they need to get checked as part of the awareness campaign for early detection.
“So, I came up with a marshmallow-flavored pink ice cream with marshmallow pieces in it, only served this month.”
Waleed added that the cause was close to her heart as a friend had died from the disease, and she advised every woman to get a checkup. “You are precious and your health matters to us, and because you are half of the society, get the early examination, it may be a reason to save your life.”
Jeddah-based Ward and Balloon filled its shop window display with pink flowers and has been offering discounts on everything it sells that is pink to support the cause.
Shatha Abdulhaleem, the business’ founder, told Arab News: “This awareness campaign hits close to home. I have some women in my family who were diagnosed with cancer, and I think it is very important to remind people of the matter using my business too.”
Meanwhile, Fighters, an all-women’s gym, has illuminated its machines with pink lights and pink equipment to celebrate survivors and support fighters of the disease. The gym is also offering big discounts for new female members.
Moayyad Al-Tayyeb, the gym’s owner, said: “One of the causes of breast cancer is obesity. In my gym we support and encourage all our clients to have a healthy lifestyle and a better future.”


Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority
Updated 15 October 2021

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority

AlAnoud K. Al-Saud is the senior marketing officer at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority. The 24-year-old has a history of leadership roles in project management, making her one of Saudi Arabia’s rising young stars.
Often leading design projects and directing the development and implementation of business and product marketing campaigns at DGDA, AlAnoud has a bright future ahead of her.
Her journey at DGDA began as a marketing intern, quickly learning the ropes and finding herself with a full-time position just four months later. She was then promoted just a year later to the position of SMO.
In one of the latest DGDA initiatives, known as “Plant Your Land,” AlAnoud finds herself as senior community engagement officer. The upcoming campaign seeks to bring the locals of Diriyah together to afforest their lands, while encouraging good neighborliness and fostering strong relationships within the Diriyah community.
Plant Your Land aims to transform the area of Diriyah, which is widely recognized as the “Jewel of the Kingdom,” into a global hub for Saudi culture and heritage.
AlAnoud said: “I’m passionate about self-development and self-improvement in my personal life. I’m always looking to challenge myself and learn new things. That’s one reason I enjoy working in DGDA; I’ve learned great communication skills, socializing skills, and problem-solving skills that help me in my day-to-day work but also in my personal life in terms of confidence, communication.
“Diriyah is my home and where I came from. It’s definitely a dream come true to be able to work and support the same area my great-grandfathers and country came from. Giving back to my community and being there for them makes me.”
She added: “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a doctor, that was my dream job, to save people. That’s why I feel satisfied in the community department, where I can change people’s lives by empowering them.”
Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Alfaisal University, AlAnoud finds herself in a field she was born to excel in.
While studying, AlAnoud worked for three months as Alfaisal University’s external relations coordinator, which led her to work at career expos, take on research and provide materials required for the organization and its partners.
After completing her higher education, AlAnoud undertook several courses, gaining different qualifications to boost her career and her personal development. These included a “She Means Business” certificate from the Misk Foundation, the “Strategy for Content Marketing” from the University of California, Davis, and the “Design Thinking for Innovation” from the University of Virginia.
AlAnoud speaks Arabic, English and French.
In her personal time, AlAnoud enjoyed volunteering at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh for two months in 2019, and participated in renovating classrooms in Morocco with NomuHub the same year.
In 2016, she co-founded her own business called One Plus One, an event planning company, where she spearheaded management and presentations and dealt with clients on a regular basis. One Plus One organized the Formula E VIP gala dinner in 2018, as well as the Salayel Stud for Arabian Horses VIP lunch and the VIP lounge for MDL Beast in 2019.


Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic
Updated 15 October 2021

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic

Saudi envoy praises UN for continuing its work during pandemic
  • Remarks made during talks about proposed program budget

NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s ambassador to the UN praised the global organization for continuing its programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and for its liveliness in meeting new and emerging challenges, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Abdullah Al-Mouallimi made the remarks while giving a speech at a meeting of the Fifth Committee during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
The envoy congratulated the head of the Fifth Committee and others on their election as members of the office. He also expressed the Kingdom’s aspiration to work with the committee during the session to ensure it completed its work in a timely manner and that the organization had the required resources to complete its tasks.
Al-Mouallimi expressed the Kingdom’s sincere thanks and appreciation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for introducing the organization’s proposed program budget for 2022. He also thanked Abdallah Bachar Bong, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, for submitting the committee’s relevant report.
He said the Kingdom supported the statement made by the G77 countries and China about the program budget being one of the most important agenda items of this session.
“It is not just a document full of figures, but a moral document that presents a strategic vision of the organization. In dealing with specific budget proposals, Saudi Arabia welcomes the integration of parts of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East to benefit from regular budget funding, as this would ensure more stable and predictable funding that the agency will use to achieve its mandate,” he said, noting that the Kingdom was one of the agency’s largest contributors. “While welcoming the increased development pillar in the budget, the Kingdom is concerned about the reductions affecting regional committees, including the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.”
The Saudi envoy commended the progress achieved by the UN secretary-general to push forward his strategy for gender equality and the integration of people with disabilities.
Al-Mouallimi said the Kingdom was committed to working constructively with the committee and all delegations on the budget item in order to reach an agreement in the interests of the organization.