RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, head of the surgical team responsible for the separation of conjoined twins, has confirmed that the Syrian boy called Bassam is in a stable condition a week after his operation at King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital.
Al-Rabeeah, who is also an advisor at the Royal Court and supervisor-general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, said Bassam’s medical indicators are reassuring and the artificial respiration devices have been removed, adding that he recovered from the anaesthesia and began interacting with his parents regularly.
He added that Bassam will begin to breastfeed from the mouth soon, indicating that the medical team expects him to be discharged from the pediatric intensive care unit to the pediatric ward to begin rehabilitation.
According to Al-Rabeeah, the other twin, Ihsan, passed away on Wednesday due to congenital defects in the heart, in addition to the agenesis of the kidneys, the urinary and reproductive system, and a major deficiency in the intestines, all of which were known before the operation and were explained to the parents.
This operation comes under the directives of the Saudi leadership, becoming the 58th of the Kingdom’s program for separating conjoined twins. Since 1990, the program has supervised 130 cases from 23 countries.
Saudi crown prince congratualtes newly elected prime minister of Pakistan
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RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman has congratulated Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif, on the occasion of his being sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Crown Prince sent a cable to Sharif on Monday expressing “his sincere congratulations and best wishes for success and prosperity for his country, and for the brotherly people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, further progress and prosperity.”
Pakistan’s newly elected lower house of parliament on Sunday elected Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister for a second time, putting him back in a role he had stepped down from ahead of general elections on Feb. 8.
Sharif, the candidate for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and coalition allies, secured a comfortable win over Omar Ayub Khan of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of jailed former PM Imran Khan.
Saudi civil defense joins search and rescue exercise in Tunisia
Updated 04 March 2024
RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Civil Defense is taking part in a collaborative mission with the Kingdom’s search and rescue team in Tunisia.
The White Operation Hypothesis exercise is being held until March 7, reported the Saudi Press Agency, and underlines the ongoing cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in civil protection and defense.
It aims to use hands-on experience to bolster the capabilities and knowledge base of the international search and rescue team.
The exercise features various simulated scenarios involving rubble and water, providing an opportunity for valuable practical training.
Dhahran Art Group presents diverse works at 70th show
Themed ‘Araaqa: Deep Rootedness,’ the artists presented works in various media inspired by their culture, heritage
Updated 03 March 2024
DHAHRAN: For four days this week, the lavender carpet was rolled out in front of the iconic Ad Diwan Hall in the Aramco compound leading into the 70th annual Dhahran Art Group show which concluded on March 2.
During the show, the Aramco community came together to listen to live piano, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and mingle with local artists showcasing. This year’s theme was “Araaqa: Deep Rootedness.”
Among the participants was Jordanian artist Suad Sami, a familiar face in the local art scene. Armed with a degree in interior design and an insatiable desire to further her creative passions in every form and medium, she completed a jewelry design course 13 years ago, which inspired her to create a small collection of carefully-curated and thoughtfully sourced stones.
After teaching art classes locally for a time and realizing she would rather make art than teach it, Sami took a leap of faith and invested in herself by become an entrepreneur.
Arab News spoke to Sami a decade ago when she was only a few years into her jewelry business. At that time, she was known for her horoscope pieces.
As an artist, you always want to sprinkle in a bit of your essence into your pieces, something that is distinctly you.
Suad Sami, Jordanian artist
“I design pieces that can be worn on an everyday basis which is simple yet extravagant, casual yet fancy, simple yet extravagant enough to complement women’s beauty and enhance their style,” she told Arab News in 2014.
Fast-forward to 2024, she feels she has evolved and improved on her craft — but her inclination to design elegant bespoke pieces in a sort of curated capsule collection remains. She unveiled two necklaces at the Dhahran Art Group’s annual fine art show.
Discussing one of her jewelry designs on display, she told Arab News: “The sword has been a well-known tangible symbol of strength for Arabs. I designed this one specifically for Founding Day and wanted to bring in something new to the table — not something already available in any shop.
“I always strive to design something timeless and unique, not something the eye has seen. As you know, the gold market in Saudi Arabia is huge so I needed to make something to stand out. As an artist, you always want to sprinkle in a bit of your essence into your pieces, something that is distinctly you.”
Also, in an artful symbol of solidarity, Sami showcased a series of paintings she crafted showcasing tatreez, the Palestinian-style stitch. She also showcased paintings of birds perched on a bench.
The Dhahran Art Group show is a cornerstone of the local art community, and to Sami it is about more than just showcasing her works. “I love art in all its forms. My daughter is also a designer and used to display her work alongside me at this show in the past. She moved to Dubai now and became a mother and couldn’t be here today — but I’ll keep the tradition going,” she said.
Because of my heritage — I’m from Afghanistan — I wanted to make art that would reach people and would give meaning and change the way people think.
Serene Rana, Artist
Serene Rana, a towering eighth-grader, found out about the show through her mother, who bought her a small set of acrylic paints and a fresh white canvas a few summers ago. Rana found it to be a fun way to pass the time and to express herself.
At 13-years-old, this was her first big show. She told Arab News: “I think I’m the youngest one here, so it’s kind of intimidating, but at the same time, it feels like I belong here.”
The self-taught artist proudly displayed multiple paintings as people stopped by to ask her about her process and what each piece meant.
“I had a dream and it kind of looked like this — it was in the galaxy so I painted that,” she said of one of her paintings.
Her early works were mostly void of people but soon after, she started to insert more of her emotions into the pictures.
“I first painted a landscape; it was like a fairytale almost. But as I kept progressing in my art, I realized that because of my heritage — I’m from Afghanistan — I wanted to make art that would reach people and would give meaning and change the way people think,” she explained.
Her pieces, inspired by pop art and surrealism, represent her journey navigating the delicate and dramatic space balancing teen angst with female empowerment and everything in between.
“I was influenced a lot by the pop art style. I feel every color has a certain emotion, so when I want to convey sadness and when I want to convey anger, I use a different color,” she added.
It took Rana about a year to paint the canvases on display, and she is already planning for the next show.
“I think a lot of these pieces hanging here were influenced by my culture — the cultural richness — but I want to go back to solidifying that one idea. I think in my next painting, I would want to go to my heritage more,” she added.
There were also a wide variety of artists on display of both genders, some seasoned figures like Sami and others new-time artists, like Rana. The diverse works ranged from paintings, large and small sculptures to accessories and mixed-media pieces.
As in the previous 69 iterations, the group show was curated locally by the Dhahran Art Group and each participating artist had the option to include a for-sale sticker on their displayed work.