Saudi Arabia to host international medical science, technical conference

General view of Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
General view of Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
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Updated 08 March 2022

Saudi Arabia to host international medical science, technical conference

General view of Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
  • The GHWP includes more than 32 regulatory bodies, and a number of consultants with regulatory expertise from the US, Europe, and Japan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will on Tuesday host a major medical conference of scientific and technical experts from around the world.
Organized by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, the virtual meeting of the Global Harmonization Working Party’s general secretariat and related specialist groups was expected to be attended by more than 32 representatives of the nonprofit organization’s member states.
Ali Al-Dalaan, the body’s chairman and executive vice president of the SFDA’s medical devices sector, will chair the gathering.
The GHWP aims to study and recommend ways to harmonize medical device regulations, requirements, procedures, and standards.
America, represented by the US Food and Drug Administration, will participate for the first time as a full member, in addition to the Inter-American Coalition for Regulatory Convergence for Medical Technology Sector, which includes countries such as Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, and Chile.
The Global Medical Technology Alliance will also take part in the meeting with organizations from several European and North and South American nations.
During the meeting, member states were due to follow up and review the work of scientific and technical teams that have been looking into the latest medical technologies in diagnosis, treatment, and commercial and industrial exchange.
The GHWP includes more than 32 regulatory bodies, and a number of consultants with regulatory expertise from the US, Europe, and Japan.
It coordinates on an ongoing basis with strategic partners such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the International Medical Device Regulators Forum.
The working party’s goal is to create an environment of homogeneity and legislative convergence, while also developing regulatory systems and legislation for medical devices and products in line with international best practices.
It also seeks to help emerging countries build control systems and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the organization’s members.
The Kingdom participates in all nine scientific and technical work groups in addition to chairing the groups for pre-marketing requirements in medical software, and quality management systems for medical devices, auditing, and evaluation.


KSrelief chief meets with UNRWA commissioner-general

KSrelief chief meets with UNRWA commissioner-general
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KSrelief chief meets with UNRWA commissioner-general

KSrelief chief meets with UNRWA commissioner-general

RIYADH: The supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center met with the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Riyadh on Sunday.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and Philippe Lazzarini discussed issues of common interest related to relief and humanitarian efforts and ways to enhance cooperation between KSrelief and UNRWA.

They also discussed UNRWA’s participation in the third Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum which will take place in February.

On Tuesday, UNRWA appealed for $1.6 billion in funding for schools, healthcare and aid in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, where most Palestinian refugees or their descendants from various Arab-Israeli conflicts live.


Saudi FM meets GCC head as tenure comes to end

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf. (SPA)
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Saudi FM meets GCC head as tenure comes to end

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf. (SPA)
  • Prince Faisal praised the efforts made by Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf to support joint Gulf action and to serve its causes

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh on Sunday as his tenure at the organization comes to an end.

During the meeting, Prince Faisal praised the efforts made by Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf to support joint Gulf action and to serve its causes during his time as secretary-general.

Al-Hajraf expressed his thanks and appreciation for the Kingdom’s support for the council and the trust placed in him.


Suspect in murder of Saudi student set for Feb. 13 court hearing in Philadelphia

Nicole Marie Rodgers, who is originally from Columbus, Georgia, allegedly stabbed Algheraibi in the neck. (Philadelphia Police)
Nicole Marie Rodgers, who is originally from Columbus, Georgia, allegedly stabbed Algheraibi in the neck. (Philadelphia Police)
Updated 29 January 2023

Suspect in murder of Saudi student set for Feb. 13 court hearing in Philadelphia

Nicole Marie Rodgers, who is originally from Columbus, Georgia, allegedly stabbed Algheraibi in the neck. (Philadelphia Police)
  • Alwaleed Algheraibi, 25, stabbed in the neck
  • Bail denied for accused Nicole Marie Rodgers, 19

CHICAGO: A Pennsylvania judge has denied bail for Nicole Marie Rodgers, 19, who is accused of the Jan. 23 murder of Saudi student Alwaleed Algheraibi, 25, with a court appearance set for next month.

Rodgers, who is originally from Columbus, Georgia, allegedly stabbed Algheraibi in the neck. She was arraigned on Thursday and will be held in police custody until her first public court appearance on Monday, Feb. 13, court records provided to Arab News show.

Rodgers was taken into custody on Thursday, Jan. 26, following a three-day Philadelphia police investigation.

Rodgers faces charges including murder, robbery, burglary and theft. Investigating officers told local press that the victim’s phone and other valuables were taken.

Police said that witnesses had heard a person screaming from an apartment building located at the 300 block of Hansberry Street in Philadelphia at approximately 11:50 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23.

When police arrived with paramedics, they found Algheraibi in the bathroom of a third-floor apartment with a fatal stab wound to his neck.

Algheraibi, described as a college student, was pronounced dead by the Philadelphia Fire Department Medical Unit personnel five minutes after his body was found on the bathroom floor.

Algheraibi was nearing the end of his studies and was due to return to Saudi Arabia.

The victim’s uncle told local Saudi media that his nephew’s suspected killer was a neighbor who lived in the apartment opposite.


Bollywood singers to fire up Jeddah with live performances

Bollywood singers to fire up Jeddah with live performances
Updated 29 January 2023

Bollywood singers to fire up Jeddah with live performances

Bollywood singers to fire up Jeddah with live performances
  • Two-day music festival Indian Cultural Night to be held on Thursday

JEDDAH: Indian melody king Kumar Sanu, playback singer M.G. Sreekumar, actor Dileep, and many more are set to take the stage in Jeddah for live music shows as part of the Indian Cultural Night.

This was announced recently by Junaise Babu, chairman of Good Hope Events, at a press conference with the attendance of various media representatives from Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The two-day music festival will be held from Feb. 2-3 at the Equestrian Club located on Asfan Road, in the Al-Frosyah district in Jeddah. It is expected to draw more than 35,000 music fans from all Asian communities.

Babu told Arab News that Saudi Arabia has been hosting massive entertainment and cultural events and is becoming the Gulf region’s premier entertainment hub.

He said: “We are planning to introduce the same standard of events for our Asian community.

“We are working with the relevant authorities and ensuring all safety measures are put in place as we organize a live music performance for thousands of expats in Jeddah, mainly from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.”

On Feb. 2, the South Indian night will feature Malayalam cinema’s favorite actor Dileep, singer Sreekumar, Nadirshah, Kottayam Naseer, Ranjini Jose, Amrutha Suresh, Fazilah Banu and Mahesh Kunjumon, among others.

On Feb. 3, the Bollywood night music festival will be led by famous musicians such as Sanu and Rachana Chopra and various other artistic performers from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Tickets are already on sale, with four categories starting from SR500 ($133) for VVIP seats, diamond tickets for SR300, gold for SR150 and silver for SR90.

Bollywood music events are a recurring theme on local event calendars. On Friday, the Makan Music Center in Jeddah organized an Indian-themed music night to support local artists and bands.

Fans of Indian music were treated to well-known Bollywood tunes and other genres of Indian music. The themed night was part of Makan’s cultural events calendar, during which local bands showcased genres including Arabic and Latin music.


Formula E for entertainment for fans in Diriyah

Formula E for entertainment for fans in Diriyah
Updated 29 January 2023

Formula E for entertainment for fans in Diriyah

Formula E for entertainment for fans in Diriyah

RIYADH:  From live gaming racing experiences, musical performances, food trucks, and face painting, this year’s Formula E Allianz Fan Village pulled out all the stops to create memorable fun for visitors in Diriyah.

“It’s truly wonderful. I brought my kids and wife. It has been loads of fun,” Michael Brintley, a business strategist living in Riyadh, told Arab News.

“We played the racing game in the Jahez tent, and my daughter got her face painted.

“It’s a nice experience to have on top of the races going on. We are still new to Saudi, so this was our first Diriyah Formula E, but it was great.”

The fan village welcomed locals, expats, families, and friends to watch the races and enjoy downtime in between rounds on Friday and Saturday.

It boasted many tents and booths, giving interactive experiences and offering activities such as a miniature remote-controlled racing game around Diriyah hosted in the Saudia airline booth pop-up.

The live gaming arena gave guests the full racing experience through multiple simulators and several different levels.

The fan village also had a main stage with multiple screens which displayed a live broadcast of the races.

Live performances, from marching bands to magicians, took place on a smaller stage to entertain families, while other tents featured live music and autograph sessions from competing drivers.

Formula E merchandise and memorabilia could also be bought, and near to the store was a padel court for visitors seeking some exercise.

Yusra Al-Humaidan, 22, attended the event with friends to share the experience.

She said: “I decided to come to Formula E with some of my friends at the last minute. We did not attend the first day but, after seeing all of the videos and pictures on Snapchat, we decided to come and see it.”

The party toured the fan village before returning to the Emotion Club, Formula E’s premium hospitality club.

She added: “The games in the [fan] village were so much fun. We saw this man dressed like a trophy who was dancing, and we played some of the car racing games before we ate dinner.”

The event ended with concerts by French Montana and John Legend on the podium stage.

The two-day Diriyah E-Prix, which ended on Saturday, took place during the ninth season of the FIA Formula E World Championship.

Some 11 teams and 22 drivers took to the race grid for the fifth time in the Kingdom since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the event in December 2018.