Tulane University honors Saudi Dr. Hanan Al-Ahmadi with international award

Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi
Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi
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Updated 12 April 2022

Tulane University honors Saudi Dr. Hanan Al-Ahmadi with international award

Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi
  • The award is given to alumni who represent the highest standards of excellence and community service locally and internationally

RIYADH: Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi was awarded the International Award for Exceptional Achievement during the Tulane Alumni Awards Gala. 

Al-Ahmadi, an academic who specializes in economics and health management and who also serves as the assistant speaker of the Saudi Shura Council, was honored for the contributions of her legacy of excellence at Tulane University.

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Dr. Hanan bint Al-Ahmadi, an academic was honored for the contributions of her legacy of excellence at Tulane University.

She posted on her LinkedIn account: “It is a great honor to be selected among Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s distinguished alumni, and to be awarded Tulane’s International Achievement Award.”

The award is given to alumni who represent the highest standards of excellence and community service locally and internationally.

During her acceptance speech, Al-Ahmadi said that the scholarships to study abroad provided by Saudi Arabia are pillars of educational strategy in contributing to distinguishing the Kingdom as a global educational institution.

She also highlighted that more than 50,000 Saudi students study at universities in the US.

Al-Ahmadi praised the launch of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program, that will empower students and give them access to enroll in the most elite international educational institutions worldwide.

The scholarships empower students to bring their knowledge and expertise to lead major development projects that are taking place in the Kingdom.

Al-Ahmadi said the Kingdom has gone through many changes in the past few years, highlighting the launch of Vision 2030 and its initiatives.

She said Vision 2030 serves as an engine for change at social, cultural, and economic levels, and has contributed to empowering women in society and enhancing their participation in various fields.

Al-Ahmadi highlighted that all this is due to the great investment in women’s education in Saudi Arabia. She emphasized that the leadership’s support of Saudi women contributed to elevating her to international and regional forums, and representing the Kingdom abroad.

Concluding her speech, Al-Ahmadi thanked the board of Tulane University and congratulated her fellow winners in various other categories.

Two other doctors, Dr. Neil Meltzer and Dr. Joseph Kanter, were also honored for different achievements alongside Al-Ahmadi.

 


Saudi, Bahrain ministers discuss labor regulation

Saudi, Bahrain ministers discuss labor regulation
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Saudi, Bahrain ministers discuss labor regulation

Saudi, Bahrain ministers discuss labor regulation
  • Al-Rajhi hails Bahraini worker social protections

RIYADH: Bahraini Minister of Labor Jameel bin Mohammad Ali Humaidan met with Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi on Monday in Riyadh, Bahrain News Agency reported.

The meeting focused on ways to improve technical cooperation in areas of job localization programs and labor market regulation, as well as plans to integrate job seekers and develop human resources.

They examined plans by the two countries to train and qualify citizens, as well as the application of professional standards.

Al-Rajhi reviewed the most significant developments in the Saudi labor market, as well as major projects and initiatives launched in the framework of training and job creation.

The minister also lauded Bahrain’s position and leadership in labor market regulation, citing the country’s experience in improving social protection for workers through the unemployment insurance system.

 


Summer scout camp for girls launched in Asir

Summer scout camp for girls launched in Asir
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Summer scout camp for girls launched in Asir

Summer scout camp for girls launched in Asir
  • The five-day camp in Abha aims to build character and offer participants an attractive and safe educational environment
  • Abha, the capital city of Asir province near the Red Sea in southwest Saudi Arabia, is known for its mountains and wildlife

JEDDAH: A summer scout camp for girls was launched in Asir on Sunday.

The five-day camp in Abha aims to build character and offer participants an attractive and safe educational environment in which to practice scouting activities that meet girls’ needs through global awareness programs so they can serve the community.

There are 50 girls from across the Kingdom taking part in the camp.

Abha, the capital city of Asir province near the Red Sea in southwest Saudi Arabia, is known for its mountains and wildlife. Its high altitude and cool weather make it more suitable for outdoor and camping activities than other Saudi regions at this time of year.

The director-general of education in the region, Ahmed Al-Omari, said the camp sought to develop girl scouts to help achieve sustainable development indicators, enhance the values of belonging and national loyalty, and qualify girl scouts to represent the country at local and international forums.

It also aimed to prepare scouting teams to help Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, enhance scouting skills to help serve the country in emergencies and crises, and qualify participants to obtain different ranks and accolades.

The camp has several scouting tracks such as sports, training, education, and the environment. It has 17 programs, including hiking, motor competitions, and summer parties.

Activities include first aid courses, chanting, crowd management, cybersecurity, and planting.


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches Suppliers’ Portal

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches Suppliers’ Portal
Updated 15 August 2022

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches Suppliers’ Portal

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches Suppliers’ Portal
  • Platform lets suppliers register for business, submit documents 

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture on Monday launched the Suppliers’ Portal, which facilitates communication with local and international suppliers.

Through the portal, suppliers can register and express interest in working with the ministry and its affiliated bodies.

They can also submit legal documents and qualification requirements, generate invoices and track completion certificates through the portal.

Suppliers may make inquiries and requests about other projects submitted by competitors using the portal.

By creating a comprehensive and specialized database for suppliers, the ministry aims to improve the quality of services and meet the cultural objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.


Two-month ban on catching Kingfish in Arabian Gulf underway

Two-month ban on catching Kingfish in Arabian Gulf underway
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Two-month ban on catching Kingfish in Arabian Gulf underway

Two-month ban on catching Kingfish in Arabian Gulf underway
  • Six GCC states are committed to the two-month ban to protect breeding mothers with eggs during spawning and small Kingfish

RIYADH: A two-month ban on catching Kingfish in the Arabian Gulf started Monday, following an announcement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture.

“The application of the ban on fishing ‘Kanaad’ or Kingfish on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf in the Eastern Region for two months begins August 15,” said a MEWA statement issued in coordination with Gulf Cooperation Council states.

The six GCC states are committed to the two-month ban to protect breeding mothers with eggs during spawning and small Kingfish, and provide more opportunities for breeding and egg-laying.

The GCC Agricultural Cooperation Committee required Gulf states in 2019 to take measures to protect Kingfish, such as increasing the legal length of fish allowed to be caught, increasing the eye opening in nets, and defining the season for the fishing ban.

MEWA official and CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program, Dr. Ali Al-Shaikhi, told Arab News: “The ban is important to maintain the supplies of Kingfish, regulate the fishing process, avoid draining the Kingfish fisheries, and reduce the pressure of the fishing effort to balance supplies and fishing.”

Dr. Ali Al-Shaikhi, director general of the General Directorate of Fisheries at MEWA and CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program. (Supplied)

He said the ban promoted sustainable fishing in environmental, economic, and social terms, boosted the fishing industry, and ensured a good standard of living.

He added that the ban contributed to reducing the depletion of those fish species, maintaining sustainable strategic stocks, and allowing mothers to lay eggs during the ban period.

Al-Shaikhi believed the ministry had succeeded in reducing fishing efforts in fish stores in the Arabian Gulf in recent years, thereby ensuring the protection and sustainability of natural marine resources.

Bans had contributed to the growth and improvement of stocks and supplies, allowing Kingfish to multiply and grow in large quantities and sell at competitive prices in markets, he said.

The bans also educated fishermen about the importance of complying with laws protecting marine resources.

Jaafar al-Safwani, an adviser to the Safwa Fishermen's Cooperative Society. (Supplied)

Al-Shaikhi emphasized that the ban was part of the ministry’s desire to achieve its strategic objectives on the sustainability of natural systems, the strengthening of fisheries supplies and quantities, and the sustainability of production.

Bans regulated Kingfish catching through selective means, ensuring the increase of its vital quantities in the waters of the Arabian Gulf and ensuring market price stability.

“There is no doubt that the Eastern Region/Qatif Fisheries Research Center plays an important role in sensitizing and mentoring fishermen to raise awareness of the importance of the prohibition period for certain economic fish.”

Amer Al-Mutairi, director-general of MEWA’s eastern region branch, said the ban included the use of gillnets.

Jaafar al-Safwani, an adviser to the Safwa Fishermen's Cooperative Society, said the bans helped preserve the marine environment, particularly for shrimp, Kingfish, and other fish species.

Safwani, who was a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock at the Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Province, told Arab News: “The bans contribute to the indirect improvement of fishermen's income because the ban at certain times of the year allows breeding and improvements in the environment in which many fish live, thereby providing fishermen with more fish and larger volumes throughout the year. Besides, the price of fish increases.”


The Line exhibition comes to a close in Jeddah

The Line exhibition comes to a close in Jeddah
Updated 15 August 2022

The Line exhibition comes to a close in Jeddah

The Line exhibition comes to a close in Jeddah
  • The exhibition included detailed designs, renders and architectural concepts of The Line
  • Visitors were also shown visual presentations and engineering techniques

RIYADH: An exhibition showcasing designs for The Line, a development earmarked for NEOM, came to an end in Jeddah on Sunday.

The exhibition included detailed designs, renders and architectural concepts of The Line, enabling visitors to better understand the scope and complexity of the project.

Visitors were also shown visual presentations and engineering techniques.

The Line will run on 100 percent renewable energy and prioritize the health and wellbeing of people over transportation and infrastructure.

Once completed, the development will be 200 meters wide, 170 kilometers long, and 500 meters above sea level.The exhibition started on August 1 at the Superdome in Jeddah and offered around 50 guided tours per day in both Arabic and English. The displays provided levels of detail that reinforce the ambition of the vision for the new urban environment.

It will now move to other locations in the Kingdom including the Eastern Province and Riyadh.

The project will eventually accommodate 9 million residents and will be built on a footprint of just 34 square kilometers. This small footprint will use less land when compared to other cities of similar capacity and will contribute to conserving 95 percent of NEOM’s land.