Event at Prince Sultan University challenges women to build careers in data science

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The fifth International Conference of Women in Data Science was held at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday. (Supplied)
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The fifth International Conference of Women in Data Science was held at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday. (Supplied)
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The fifth International Conference of Women in Data Science was held at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 March 2022

Event at Prince Sultan University challenges women to build careers in data science

Event at Prince Sultan University challenges women to build careers in data science
  • Conference of Women in Data Science featured workshops, discussions and presentations

RIYADH: The fifth International Conference of Women in Data Science concluded at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The two-day event was organized by the university, which is the first certified WiDS ambassador in Saudi Arabia, as represented by its Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics Lab, in collaboration with Stanford University.

The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of and inspire interest in data science and related fields at local and global educational levels. It also aimed to enable the professional participation of women in data science and the wider disciplines of engineering and computer science, and encourage the exchange of ideas and collaborative opportunities by helping women to connect with trailblazing international networks.

The conference featured workshops, discussion panels, and the presentation of academic papers relating to the event’s core topic: The future of women in data science education. The participants included industry leaders, university faculty members and guests from other sectors.

Recent findings and studies relating to data science in the Middle East were also discussed, along with the possible effects of such studies in supporting sectors such as health, the economy, cybersecurity and architecture.


Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack that killed 6 soldiers in southeast Niger

Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack that killed 6 soldiers in southeast Niger
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Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack that killed 6 soldiers in southeast Niger

Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack that killed 6 soldiers in southeast Niger
  • Kingdom renewed its full support for Niger in its intensified efforts to eliminate terrorism and extremism

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on a military in southeast Niger that killed and injured a number of security forces, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.
Suspected militants killed six soldiers and wounded 14 others in an attack on early Tuesday on a military post of the Nigerien National Guard in Blabrine, in the Diffa region, which borders Chad and Nigeria.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed the Kingdom’s full support for Niger in its intensified efforts to eliminate terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations and dry up its sources of financing,” it said in a statement.
“The Kingdom stands with the government and people of Niger against all terrorist organizations that are trying to undermine Niger’s gains and capabilities,” the ministry added.
It expressed the Kingdom’s sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, and to the Nigerien government and people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery, and continued security and stability for the West African country.
(With AFP)


Exhibition showcases Islamic Ministry’s work for pilgrims

Exhibition showcases Islamic Ministry’s work for pilgrims
Updated 07 July 2022

Exhibition showcases Islamic Ministry’s work for pilgrims

Exhibition showcases Islamic Ministry’s work for pilgrims
  • Exhibition open daily from 8 a.m. until midnight

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh recently inaugurated the Oasis Exhibition in Makkah, which introduces the ministry’s technical projects to serve pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

The exhibition is open daily from 8 a.m. till midnight.

Al-Asheikh, who is also chairman of the supreme committee for the ministry’s works in Hajj and Umrah, was briefed on the interactive pavilions at the exhibition.

The pavilions showcase the ministry’s applications, including teaching Hajj and Umrah rituals using 3D technology, in addition to an e-library.

The minister also toured the pavilion of the library of Makkah, which displays rare manuscripts. It also has a special section for the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an. It showcases the complex’s achievements and works, and presents each guest with a gift.

Al-Asheikh also visited the pavilion of the scientific and advocacy programs organized by the ministry, represented by its agency for Islamic affairs inside and outside the Kingdom. It comes within the framework of its mission to serve Islam and Muslims around the world.


Mount of Mercy area in Arafat set for facelift

Mount of Mercy area in Arafat set for facelift
Updated 07 July 2022

Mount of Mercy area in Arafat set for facelift

Mount of Mercy area in Arafat set for facelift
  • New plan for street lights, toilets, parking bays, sitting areas, walking spaces and restaurants
  • Every Dhul Hijjah 9, millions of pilgrims travel from Mina to Jabal Al-Rahma to pray, seek Allah’s forgiveness

MAKKAH: Jabal Al-Rahma, also called Mount of Mercy or Mount of Arafat, which is a 454-meter-high granodiorite hill located around 20 kilometers to the southeast of Makkah, will soon undergo a massive facelift to improve services for pilgrims.

The Kidana Development Company is spearheading the project to transform the areas adjacent to Jabal Al-Rahma on the plains of Arafat, as part of a plan to beautify the holy sites.

Pilgrims and visitors are expected to benefit from improved facilities and services throughout the year, and not just during the Hajj.

The project will include street lights, toilets, parking bays, sitting areas, and walking spaces. There will also be restaurants and cafes, platforms for TV channels, and security control towers.

A company official told Arab News that the initiative will also include new bus stations, and improved lighting over the 200,000-square-meter area. The aim is to ensure pilgrims can perform their rituals comfortably, the official said.

The area is significant for Muslims as Prophet Muhammad delivered his last sermon at the foot of the mountain.

On Dhul Hijjah 9, this year possibly on Friday, July 8, pilgrims travel from Mina to Arafat to pray, supplicate, and seek forgiveness from Allah.

The pilgrims them move to Muzdalifa, located nearly 8.8 kilometers west of Mount Arafat. Along the way, they pick up pebbles, which are used for the ritual of stoning the devil for three days at the Jamarat in Mina.


Pilgrims cooled at Grand Mosque by world’s two largest stations

Pilgrims cooled at Grand Mosque by world’s two largest stations
Updated 07 July 2022

Pilgrims cooled at Grand Mosque by world’s two largest stations

Pilgrims cooled at Grand Mosque by world’s two largest stations
  • Machines have ultraviolet light to kill bacteria
  • Hot air is chilled over piped water at about 4 degrees Celsius

MAKKAH: Two of the world’s largest cooling stations are set up in Makkah to provide chilled and fresh air to pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, an official told Arab News.

Sultan bin Ati Al-Qurashi, undersecretary-general for Technical, Operational Affairs, Maintenance and Facilities Management, said one is in Shamiya, which is 900 meters from the Grand Mosque and consumes energy of up to 159,000 refrigeration tons. The other one is in Ajyad, 500 meters away and can consume energy of up to 39,000 refrigeration tons.

Al-Qurashi said the stations work by cooling water in the system to about 4 or 5 degrees Celsius, which is then sent to the Air Handling Units, where hot air from the mosque passes over the chilled water. The cool air that is created is then pumped through air purification systems and into the mosque.

The agency renovates the air conditioning units periodically and replaces all heat exchangers and air purification filters with new ones, he said.

Al-Qurashi explained that the air is purified through air handling units after natural air is extracted from the surface of the Grand Mosque. It is done in several stages through high filtration technology, which prevents dust and other small particles from entering the air-conditioned environment. It is then sterilized with ultraviolet light that kills all types of bacteria.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques oversees the operation of the coolers, which are operated by several highly qualified and experienced Saudi engineers and technicians.

The technicians also balance the amount of air pumped into various areas of the Grand Mosque, depending on the number of visitors.

Al-Qurashi said that 25 percent more workers are deployed to the Grand Mosque during the Hajj period, to ensure the best services for pilgrims.


Pilgrims arrive in Mina for Tarwiyah

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrived in Mina early Thursday morning for Tarwiyah. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrived in Mina early Thursday morning for Tarwiyah. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Pilgrims arrive in Mina for Tarwiyah

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrived in Mina early Thursday morning for Tarwiyah. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
  • With the sunrise on Friday, they will move to Arafat, where Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon over 1,400 years ago

MINA: Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrived in Mina early Thursday morning for Tarwiyah, the eighth day of Dhul Hijjah, also known as Yaum Al-Tarwiyah.

Prior to their march to Arafat tomorrow, where they will witness the main day of pilgrimage, the worshippers will remain in the Tent City of Mina, about 5km from the Grand Mosque, performing prayers.

With the sunrise on Friday, they will move to Arafat, where Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon over 1,400 years ago.

It is estimated that 1 million fully vaccinated pilgrims will be performing Hajj this season, after two years of pandemic-imposed restrictions.

To ensure the safety of the pilgrims on this post-pandemic Hajj, Saudi authorities have made preparations to facilitate the performance of rituals.

The Saudi Health Ministry has prepared 23 hospitals and 147 health centers in Makkah and Madinah to accommodate pilgrims.

Security forces, meanwhile, are implementing measures to ensure a safe Hajj.

Lt. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, the commander of the Hajj and Umrah Security Forces, said in a press conference on Monday that there was a security cordon around the holy sites to prevent entry by unauthorized persons.