Saudi national resort for elderly in Al-Baha completed

Saudi national resort for elderly in Al-Baha completed
The project will provide permanent services for elderly people with no family members. (Supplied)
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Updated 06 October 2022

Saudi national resort for elderly in Al-Baha completed

Saudi national resort for elderly in Al-Baha completed
  • The resort was established as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to improve care services provided to the elderly in the country

MAKKAH: The Saudi-based Charitable Society for Honoring the Elderly (Ikram) recently announced the completion of the Ikram National Resort project in Al-Baha (southwest of Saudi Arabia), which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom.

The resort was established as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to improve care services provided to the elderly in the country. The completion of the resort was announced during the International Day of Older Persons.

“The idea of the project was that of Dr. Saeed bin Saad Al-Martan, the chairman of the board (Ikram) and the godfather of our association and its greatest supporter,” Abdul Rahman Abu Riah, CEO of Ikram, told Arab News.

“It emerged from building an aesthetic resort for those with no first-degree relatives, which was the basis for founding Ikram,” he added.

Abu Riah said that the project will provide permanent services for elderly people with no family members. Temporary services will also be provided for the elderly whose children suffer from poor economic conditions or those who cannot offer their parents proper services due to drug addictions and mental illness, among other issues.

Moreover, temporary services will be provided to the elderly whose children have left the country to study abroad or those who need a temporary home due to the absence of family members.

According to Abu Riah, there is a third category of services concerned with day care, where the elderly receive all types of care and services from morning until evening.

“This resort is keen to achieve life quality, which is a goal listed under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he added.

To benefit from the services provided, the elderly must be older than 60, free from high-class mental illnesses or infectious diseases, not have a first-class family member, and be able to afford the financial fees.

“The association will be in charge of settling the fees on behalf of the poor and people in need through an elderly sponsorship program with the aid of the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development as well as large supporting companies.

“The association has received great support from Prince Hussam bin Saud, governor of Al-Baha, who has followed up and supported the project in person. The project will be launched next week as it began on the International Day of Older Persons in 2019.”

He added that the project is part of the initial phase of the first Ikram Resort, which will welcome 210 elderly people, including 120 women and 90 men, distributed among 120 rooms and suites comprising two to four beds. The resort has a large pool, a jacuzzi, a steam bath and a theater.

The latter will represent a turning point for the elderly, as it will host talk shows and cultural programs supervised by specialists, in addition to visitors from universities and schools, where the elderly can share their experiences and expertise, as well as social contributions. Multi-purpose halls will also be available, including sports equipment, an outdoor walkway, a library and clinics.

“One of our goals is to transform the Al-Baha region into a healing destination, where Ikram will be a first-class tourist healing hub specialized in physical therapy. We must first start with attracting qualified national cadres of both sexes who are specialized in physical therapy, as the government and private entities, in addition to businessmen and volunteers, have concerted and prioritized their efforts to give this decent aspect to the resort,” he said.

According to Abu Riah, the project started with land granted by the state, with a total surface area of 30,000 square meters, located in an ideal spot.

“We are now heading to the second stage of our project, which is concerned with married couples with no children. We are also working on the Montana tourist resorts, which include hotel villas for those wishing to enjoy the beauty of our nature while granting their families the opportunity to benefit from the available services.”


Tuwaiq Academy launches 20 boot camps to boost tech skills

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Tuwaiq Academy launches 20 boot camps to boost tech skills

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  • Applicants must be a student or graduate from one of the technical disciplines, and have previous knowledge of or a background in programming

JEDDAH: The Tuwaiq Academy, under the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, will launch 20 technology boot camps in partnership with major tech firms, including Amazon, Huawei and Alibaba.

The boot camps will offer participants the latest knowledge and expertise, and bridge the gap between modern technologies and business requirements.

Trainees will also develop their skills in advanced technology.

Boot camps will be held at the academy’s headquarters in Riyadh and will target about 500 trainees who will undergo training for about three months.

Accredited certificates of attendance will be provided by the academy at the completion of each boot camp.

The academy is offering a variety of boot camps, including Tuwaiq Camp, Alibaba Cloud Computing Camp, Tuwaiq Amazon Computing Camp, Solutions Architect (Associate), Solutions Architect (Professional), Systems Operation (Associate), AI Camp, Huawei Network Security Camp, and Website Development Camp.

Training will take place between Dec.11 and Jan.15, 2023.

Online registration for the camps can be accessed through the link: https://bootcamp.sa/bootcamps

Technical training programs will be provided in Arabic or English. Applicants must be a student or graduate from one of the technical disciplines, and have previous knowledge of or a background in programming.

Some boot camps require applicants to be graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the technical and informatics disciplines, as well as proficiency in the English and full-time learning.

More than 3,000 people benefit from the Tuwaiq Academy through camps and programs it holds in partnership with major international companies specializing in digital, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, programming and drones.

 

 


Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies

Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organizes sign language workshop for government agencies
  • The workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of communication with deaf people and those with hearing impairments

RIYADH: The Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities organized a workshop for a variety of government sectors titled Fundamentals of communication in sign language” in Riyadh.

The workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of communication with deaf people and those with hearing impairments, as well as to raise awareness in government sectors about dealing and communicating with deaf people.

The workshop was attended by several government agencies, including the National Center for Events, the General Entertainment Authority, the National Center for Measuring the Performance of Public Agencies, the General Authority for Visual and Audiovisual Media, and many others.

The participants had hands-on experience with people with hearing impairments and how to communicate successfully with them.

This program also aims to create awareness among government agencies on the rights of people with hearing disabilities to achieve an inclusive society with sustainable service delivery.

The authority has worked on several awareness workshops for interacting with people with disabilities to achieve an inclusive society that promotes integration and is in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Saudi Vision 2030 objectives.

Sulaiman Alrumaikhan, a social communication manager at the authority, told Arab News: “The workshop … is a clear step toward ensuring the integration of people with disabilities into society.”

Sulaiman Alrumaikhan, a social communication manager at the Saudi Authority for People with Disabilities. (Supplied)

The establishment of such workshops has a tremendous impact on boosting awareness and, as a result, the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into the labor market and society, he added.

Alrumaikhan added that sign language could be used in various sectors by having their relevant authority train them in the language.


Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs

Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs
  • Program is divided into three subcategories covering key financial aspects of tourism establishments
  • It will run alongside the TDF Grow initiative, which assists startups

RIYADH: The Saudi Tourism Development Fund announced the launch of the Tourism Aid program to support 10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The program is divided into three subcategories that cover key financial aspects of establishments in the industry: conducting trials, innovation and hospitality. 

Through the program, the TFD will provide both financial and non-financial assistance to SMEs with various goals, such as launching new commercial projects or expanding businesses through a tourism value chain approach. It will run alongside the TDF Grow initiative, which connects startup founders with leading local and international entities in the public and private sectors in order to drive economic impact and commercial opportunities. 

TDF Grow offers a variety of non-financial services to assist startups and strengthen their businesses by providing direct market access. It is constructing an innovative collaboration workspace in Riyadh to help develop a tourism industry that values partnerships and collaboration. 

TDF Grow’s pre-seed program also educates entrepreneurs on the most recent industry trends and enables them to conceptualize, navigate and validate the market relevance of their business. 

“Micro, small and medium enterprises are the backbone of all economies around the world, and often due to the limited resources and experience with this business model, they face challenges in developing their business and realizing their visions,” TFD CEO Qusai Al-Fakhri said. 

“The program, which we announced today, will help (enterprises) with opportunities for growth, whether through financing, exchanging expertise or offering consultations,” Al-Fakhri added.

 


Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif
Updated 29 November 2022

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Taif
  • Airline will operate 3 weekly flights between Doha, Taif

DOHA: Qatar Airways will resume flights to Taif on Jan. 3, making it the airline’s sixth destination in Saudi Arabia.

With three weekly flights between Doha and Taif on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, passengers will be able to take advantage of the state-owned flag carrier’s international network.

Qatar Airways currently operates two daily flights from Riyadh, four each day from Jeddah, two per day from Madinah, five daily services from Dammam, and one a day from Qassim.

 


Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development
Updated 29 November 2022

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development

Riyadh governor sponsors MOUs to boost region’s youth development
  • Agreements outline the launch of youth programs which promote cooperation in research and science

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar sponsored the signing of two memorandums of understanding between the Riyadh Region Youth Council, the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, and the National Center for Mental Health Promotion, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agreements outline the launch of several youth programs and activities which promote cooperation in research and science. They aim to boost the intellectual and social development in the region.

The agreements were signed by the Riyadh Region Youth Council Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Kohaiz, KACND Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan, and NCMH Director General Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Habib.