Center for elderly patients opens in Makkah Healthcare Cluster

Center for elderly patients opens in Makkah Healthcare Cluster
The CEO of the Makkah Healthcare Cluster inaugurates the center for elderly and geriatric diseases at King Abdulaziz Hospital on Sunday. (Supplied)
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Updated 13 June 2022

Center for elderly patients opens in Makkah Healthcare Cluster

Center for elderly patients opens in Makkah Healthcare Cluster
  • The center is the first at the level of MoH hospitals in providing treatment and preventive advice for the elderly
  • It will evaluate cases of those aged 65 and above to diagnose conditions

RIYADH: The CEO of the Makkah Healthcare Cluster Dr. Hatem bin Ahmed Al-Omari inaugurated the center for elderly and geriatric diseases at King Abdulaziz Hospital, a member of the Makkah Healthcare Cluster, on Sunday.

The center is the first at the level of Ministry of Health hospitals in providing treatment and preventive advice for the elderly.

It will evaluate cases of those aged 65 and above to diagnose conditions including cognitive impairment, memory impairment, functional deterioration and excessive medication.

In addition to providing appropriate treatment for medical conditions, the center also provides home care services for appropriate cases that meet certain conditions.

The center is part of the modern healthcare model supervised by the executive medical administration of the healthcare cluster in Makkah, which aims to promote healthy living through prevention and treatment of diseases as well as disabilities in elderly people.

Al-Omari was also briefed on the services launched by the operations executive department represented by the guest services department. Several services have been combined so that a single site provides printing and reporting, medical coordination and treatment eligibility information, management, a family and admissions office, outpatient appointment bookings, medical file access, outpatient referrals as well as medical committee appointment bookings.

At the opening ceremony, which was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and the hospital, Al-Omari praised the development of the center.

The opening of the new facility emphasizes the Kingdom’s efforts to improve the quality of life of the elderly and the services provided to them.

In 1990, the UN General Assembly voted to establish the the International Day for Older Persons, which is celebrated around the world on Oct. 1 each year.


Saudi Crown Prince receives call from Pakistani PM

Saudi Crown Prince receives call from Pakistani PM
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Saudi Crown Prince receives call from Pakistani PM

Saudi Crown Prince receives call from Pakistani PM

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Sunday from Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan.

During the call, they reviewed the brotherly and historical relations between the Kingdom and Pakistan, in addition to discussing opportunities for cooperation between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various fields.

Also on Sunday, King Salman and the crown prince congratulated President Arif Alvi on Saturday on the occasion of Pakistan’s 76th Independence Day.


Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations

Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations
Updated 14 August 2022

Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations

Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations
  • Flight SV5712 from Madinah airport, carrying 347 Hajj pilgrims, was bid farewell on Sunday
  • Saudia’s Hajj plan began with arrivals to the Kingdom on June 6 and continued with departures on July 14

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s flag carrier Saudia concluded its global Hajj 2022 transport operation with a flight to Ahmedabad, India on Sunday.

Flight SV5712 from Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, carrying 347 pilgrims, was bid farewell by Saudia’s chief Hajj and Umrah officer Amer Alkhushail.

Saudia’s operational plan for Hajj began with arrivals to the Kingdom on June 6 and continued with departures on July 14.

More than 350,000 pilgrims were transported over the two phases, of which 120,000 traveled on 300 Hajj flights. A further 230,000 pilgrims traveled on scheduled and additional flights.

The airline revealed that 280,000 pieces of luggage were handled as part of its free “luggage first” service that was launched this year.

As part of the free service, pilgrims’ luggage was collected from their hotel or other accommodation in Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah 24 hours before their departure and delivered to the correct airport baggage center where it was checked in before they arrived at the airport.


ThePlace: Tabuk’s coastline and stunning beaches host 100 islands

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Photo/Saudi Press Agency
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ThePlace: Tabuk’s coastline and stunning beaches host 100 islands

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  • The region and its islands boast pristine white beaches and clear turquoise waters, prompting visitors to leave technology and the hustle of modern life behind to soak in the nature

Tabuk has an expansive coastline extending 700 kilometers, hosting an estimated 100 islands and stunning beaches from Haql in the north, passing through Al-Bida and Duba to Al-Wajh and Umluj in the west.

The picturesque northwestern part of the Kingdom attracts many visitors, and numbers increased after the launch of Vision 2030, which is focused on protecting the environment and promoting tourism by implementing development projects such as at NEOM, Amaala and the Red Sea.

Tabuk is also a safe habitat for thousands of migratory birds that cross between the continents of Asia and Europe.

The region and its islands boast pristine white beaches and clear turquoise waters, prompting visitors to leave technology and the hustle of modern life behind to soak in the nature.

In Umluj, visitors can flock to its famous Duqum Tourist Beach that has sandy hills, coral reefs, rich marine life and scores of thrilling activities.

Around 170 kilometers north lies Al-Wajh and the beaches of Sharm Za’em and Al-Durar, popular for various types of rocks and coral reefs, and around 40 kilometers further on is the beautiful Hawaz beach.

Al Rumaila, Wahban, Al-Harraba, Al-Ma’aliq, Al-Falaq, Antar, Umm Anam, Al-Seeh, Al-Nakhira, and Umm Al-Tin are some of the beaches in the south of the region that have beautiful sea and sandy shores

Duba, which is approximately 150 kilometers from Al-Wajh, hosts quiet beaches at Al-Sajdah, Al-Muwailih, Sharma, Al-Sura, Al-Khuraiba and Qayal.

In Al-Bidaa, which is about 200 kilometers further on from Duba, the beaches formed in a valley of Al-Tayyib Asm have a majestic view of the mountains.

Haql beach, which is 93 kilometers away from Al-Bida, has a unique climate compared to the rest of the beaches of the Kingdom, with low humidity levels and  clear waters.

Al-Nakhil, the oldest site inhabited by residents and tourists in Haql, has a crescent-shaped beach with mountains toward the south.

From the beaches of Al-Sultanah, Umm Anam, Shureh and Al-Wasl, visitors can also clearly see a number of the Kingdom’s neighboring countries.

 


Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life
Updated 14 August 2022

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life
  • Filmmaker Saleh Bukhamseen: ‘I wanted to capture the spirit of the people who make their livelihood from marine life and showcase their determination’
  • Bukhamseen said that he was first inspired to shoot his film when he began diving and saw the life and beauty that lies beneath the Red Sea’s surface

RIYADH: Saudi short film “The Whaler” on May 22 won the Science Award at the 2022 Nice International Film Festival, held in the south of France.

The film documents the lives of fishermen in Saudi Arabia, showcasing the beauty of the Kingdom and its maritime world to international audiences. 

It provides unique insight into past and present generations of fishermen — known as “hawata” (Arabic for “whalers”) — through Abu Hilal, an esteemed elder of Yanbu’s fishing scene.

A coastal and industrial city on the Red Sea, Yanbu is strategically located as it is close to the Suez Canal.

Speaking to Arab News, filmmaker Saleh Bukhamseen said: “One major challenge that we — the cameraman Wael and myself — faced when filming ‘The Whaler’ was the extreme weather conditions and the obstruction of the Suez Canal, which happened in 2021.”

Bukhamseen is a self-taught underwater cinematographer with eight years of experience. He combines his passion for diving and filmmaking to create unique films that highlight the beauty of the sea, its creatures and its relationship with humans.

“I wanted to capture the spirit of the people who make their livelihood from marine life and showcase their determination. Fish is a mealtime favorite for many, especially on a Friday, but do we realize the amazing journey behind this beautiful meal? ‘Hawata’ will show you this!” said Bukhamseen.

He has worked on several projects for the Saudi Arabian government, such as films promoting tourism, and has produced short documentaries.

“When you combine talent and passion, there is no limit. It takes a lot of effort to be a writer, producer, director, underwater cameraman and editor all at once, but with teamwork, spectacular results can be achieved,” said Bukhamseen, who filmed and produced “The Whaler” alongside only one other person — his cameraman Wael.

Bukhamseen said that he was first inspired to shoot his film when he began diving and saw the life and beauty that lies beneath the Red Sea’s surface. What he could not describe in words, he said, he captured on film.

“The Whaler,” only 12 minutes long, will be available for the world to see once the film festival tour concludes. Bukhamseen said that these few minutes took five months to prepare, film, edit and present to audiences and panelists.

In its 10th edition, the Nice International Film Festival is held annually in Nice, France.

The week-long event allows aspiring independent filmmakers to showcase their work to an international audience.

“Nice International Film Festival has strict criteria its awards, which cover originality, creativity, film quality, story structure and editing,” said Bukhamseen. “‘Hawata’ was judged by a panel of international film experts to assess whether or not the film deserves to win the trophy.” 

During the festival, the audience is presented with films over a period of a week, which concludes with a prestigious ceremony in which exceptionally talented filmmakers, screenwriters and actors receive awards for their respective film categories.

Bukhamseen told Arab News that he is proud to represent his country, Saudi Arabia, and encourages all aspiring filmmakers to follow their hearts, develop their technical skills and, above all else, respect the environment.

Besides “The Whaler,” he has produced three films: “Plastic Inferno,” “Strange Neighbor” and “The Patient Minarets,” all of which are environmental documentaries.


17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality
Updated 14 August 2022

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality
  • The schemes cover a total area of 2,242,738 square meters
  • Plans include 2,932 residential plots,16 schools, 21 parks, 23 mosques, and facilities

RIYADH: 17 new housing schemes were approved in Madinah during the second quarter of 2022, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The schemes cover a total area of 2,242,738 square meters and include 2,932 residential plots of various sizes, 16 schools, 21 public parks, 23 mosques, and a range of public and government facilities.

The Madinah Regional Municipality said the adoption of the new housing plans contributes to developing the city’s infrastructure, meeting demands for housing units, increasing the quality of life for residents, supporting urban expansion programs and environmental and economic development plans for the city, and increasing residential areas for the local population considering the urban growth witnessed by the region.