20 Saudi students take part in international astronautical congress

20 Saudi students take part in international astronautical congress
20 Saudi students to partake in the prestigious 74th International Astronautical Congress held in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. (X/@kauweb)
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Updated 04 October 2023
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20 Saudi students take part in international astronautical congress

20 Saudi students take part in international astronautical congress
  • The 74th International Astronautical Congress 2023 will run until Oct. 6 under the title, “Global Challenges and Opportunities: Embracing Space”
  • The assembly meeting aims to tackle global challenges

JEDDAH: A group of 20 students from King Abdulaziz University are taking part in a prestigious space science conference being held in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.
Organized by the International Astronautical Federation, the 74th International Astronautical Congress 2023 will run until Oct. 6 under the title, “Global Challenges and Opportunities: Embracing Space.”
The five-day event provides an industry platform for global collaboration in the field of spaceflight and related sciences.
In a post on X, the Jeddah-based research university’s aerospace engineering department said: “The conference aims to discuss global and emerging trends in the space sector, review global experiences and developments, and build international partnerships between sectors and companies related to space.”
Among representatives of international space agencies and organizations, the conference has attracted more than 5,000 attendees and visitors from around the world.
The assembly meeting aims to tackle global challenges and delve into the untapped potential of outer space, for the benefit of humanity.
During the conference, the KAU students will get the opportunity to meet leading government and private-sector figures working in space sciences and technologies.
 


‘Asayel’ equestrian theater show wins hearts in Diriyah

‘Asayel’ follows Fahad, a man from Diriyah, and his strong bond with his horse. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
‘Asayel’ follows Fahad, a man from Diriyah, and his strong bond with his horse. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
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‘Asayel’ equestrian theater show wins hearts in Diriyah

‘Asayel’ follows Fahad, a man from Diriyah, and his strong bond with his horse. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
  • “Asayel” is part of the collective events of Diriyah Season, which aims to promote the cultural and historical heritage of the city

RIYADH: The story of Fahad and his beloved horse Asayel are at the heart of a new theatrical equestrian show in Diriyah that is captivating visitors.

The show follows Fahad, a man from Diriyah, and his strong bond with Asayel. The horse is later passed to Fahad’s son, Faris, who experiences hardship before navigating the modern city of Diriyah with his animal companion, eventually leading the community to unity and determination.

“Asayel,” which runs from Feb. 28 to March 8 at Mayadeen Theater, is presented by Z7 Show Horses, a company of 40 performers and 40 horses bringing sophistication and passion to Diriyah.

‘Asayel’ follows Fahad, a man from Diriyah, and his strong bond with his horse. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)

The team’s director, Laura Arkle, said: “Z7 Show Horses and the team are extremely excited to be performing in Saudi Arabia. Being able to tell the Diriyah story whilst incorporating the rich culture through the art of equestrian entertainment is a dream come true for all of us.”

“Asayel” has been met with high praise from audience members, including Saudi model and content creator Reyouf Madkhali, who said: “This is my first time attending a show with this high-quality performance.”

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‘Asayel’ runs until March 8 at Mayadeen Theater in Diriyah.

She added: “It was very professional, clean cut … honestly, it was very well organized.”

Events like “Asayel” in Diriyah, which celebrate the ancient city’s heritage, have reached a new level of professionalism and showmanship, Madkhali said.

Nada Abdul Hakim, a young Saudi singer and actress who plays the role of Nourah in the show, told Arab News: “It is a beautiful experience … my role is Nourah in the story, Faris’ friend. Nourah taught Faris how to ride a horse because he loved horses.”

“Asayel” is part of the collective events of Diriyah Season, which aims to promote the cultural and historical heritage of the city.

 


New Murabba partners with Tourism Development Fund to bring Riyadh’s downtown to life

The MoU was signed by New Murabba Development Company CEO Michael Dyke and TDF chief executive Qusai bin Abdullah Al-Fakhri.
The MoU was signed by New Murabba Development Company CEO Michael Dyke and TDF chief executive Qusai bin Abdullah Al-Fakhri.
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New Murabba partners with Tourism Development Fund to bring Riyadh’s downtown to life

The MoU was signed by New Murabba Development Company CEO Michael Dyke and TDF chief executive Qusai bin Abdullah Al-Fakhri.
  • The agreement aims to unlock New Murabba’s potential, placing Riyadh at the forefront of global destinations

RIYADH: New Murabba Development Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tourism Development Fund to spearhead the transformation of Riyadh.

The agreement will see the two entities work together to create New Murabba, for what they envisage will be the world’s largest modern downtown, serving as a model for future urban development and contributing toward Riyadh city’s evolution, in line with Vision 2030.

NMDC’s strategic partnership with TFD is pivotal in realizing New Murabba’s ambition to create the most advanced, transformative, downtown experience in the world. It aims to fulfil Saudi Arabia’s potential as a leading investment destination — for what the entities involved foresee as a place where people live, work and play; a tourism and hospitality hotspot distinguished by a thriving technology ecosystem; an enabling business environment; and a diverse and welcoming society.

The MoU was signed by New Murabba Development Company CEO Michael Dyke and TDF chief executive Qusai bin Abdullah Al-Fakhri. As part of the agreement, TDF will provide direct financing opportunities in collaboration with its network of partners and contracted investors, solidifying NMDC’s access to TDF’s expertise, networks and investment capabilities.

The agreement aims to unlock New Murabba’s potential, placing Riyadh at the forefront of global destinations and showcasing the Kingdom’s commitment to innovative, sustainable urban development, cultural richness and international visitor experiences.

 


Riyadh hosts GCC, talks with foreign ministers on Sunday

Riyadh hosts GCC, talks with foreign ministers on Sunday
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Riyadh hosts GCC, talks with foreign ministers on Sunday

Riyadh hosts GCC, talks with foreign ministers on Sunday
  • “The GCC Ministerial Council and the joint ministerial meetings with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco will be held on March 3,” the GCC posted on X
  • A joint ministerial meeting will be held on the sidelines

RIYADH: The Gulf Cooperation Council will host its 159th ministerial session in Riyadh on Sunday, while separate meetings will be held involving the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.
“The GCC Ministerial Council and the joint ministerial meetings with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco will be held on March 3,” the GCC posted on X.
The council shared a statement from GCC Secretary-General Jassim Mohammed Al-Budaiwi, which said: “The meeting of the 159th Ministerial Council of the GCC will be held (on) Sunday in Riyadh, headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Qatar (and) president of the current session of the Ministerial Council, in the presence of the foreign ministers of the GCC countries.”
A joint ministerial meeting will be held on the sidelines between the GCC and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
The secretary-general said that the Ministerial Council will discuss a number of reports on the subject of following up on the implementation of the decisions of the GCC’s Supreme Council that were issued by the summit in Doha in December 2023.
It will also focus on memorandums and reports submitted by the ministerial and technical committees and the general secretariat, in addition to topics related to dialogues and strategic relations between the GCC countries and global countries and blocs, as well as the latest regional and international developments.
Al-Budaiwi said that the Gulf-Egyptian meeting will look at several topics, the most important of which are the joint action plan and ways to enhance cooperation.
The meetings between the GCC and Jordan and Morocco will form part of the distinctive relationships and partnerships between the parties.


Hundreds of Sri Lankan nurses prepare to join Saudi hospitals in 2024

Hundreds of Sri Lankan nurses prepare to join Saudi hospitals in 2024
Updated 01 March 2024
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Hundreds of Sri Lankan nurses prepare to join Saudi hospitals in 2024

Hundreds of Sri Lankan nurses prepare to join Saudi hospitals in 2024
  • They will be employed in all parts of the Kingdom
  • Recruitment process started in Colombo this week

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is preparing to send hundreds of nurses to join hospitals in Saudi Arabia in 2024, the Ministry of Labor said on Friday.

The first phase of the recruitment process took place in Colombo this week and was overseen by the Saudi Ministry of Health and Sri Lanka’s Labor and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara.

“Saudi Arabia is looking for medical and paramedical staff from countries such the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka to meet the growing demand of this sector in the Kingdom,” Sanjay Nallaperuma, media secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment, told Arab News.

“Initially, they want to recruit 1,000 nurses in a phased operation throughout the next 12 months.”

Ninety-five nurses were selected during the first phase out of 400 candidates.

“Those selected were qualified nurses and they had a Bachelor of Science degree,” Nallaperuma said.

“The Saudi Ministry of Health will post them in government hospitals in all parts of the Kingdom.”

Similar to global trends, nurses make important contributions to the Saudi health sector as healthcare providers. As a result of the Kingdom’s investments in health, nursing has become one of the most demanded professions.

“These 95 will go in May and the next recruitment (phase) is in August,” Nallaperuma said.

For Sri Lanka, their employment in the Kingdom, where the average nurse salary is $1,400, will contribute to the reeling economy.

Every year, more than 200,000 migrant workers leave Sri Lanka to work abroad. They are a main source of foreign exchange for the country, which since 2022 has been gripped by its worst financial crisis.

Gulf Cooperation Council countries are the preferred choice for Sri Lankan workers, with Saudi Arabia being their key destination.

“We will get foreign currency at a time when we are undergoing a period of economic recovery,” Nallaperuma said. “It’s a great blessing from the Kingdom.”


Saudi surgeons successfully complete complex 16-hour operation separating Nigerian conjoined twins

Saudi surgeons successfully complete complex 16-hour operation separating Nigerian conjoined twins
Updated 01 March 2024
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Saudi surgeons successfully complete complex 16-hour operation separating Nigerian conjoined twins

Saudi surgeons successfully complete complex 16-hour operation separating Nigerian conjoined twins

Riyadh: Surgeons in Saudi Arabia on Thursday successfully completed a complex procedure of separating Nigerian conjoined twins Hassana and Hasina at King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.

The twins, who arrived in Saudi Arabia last October, share areas in the lower abdomen, pelvis, lower spine, and lower spinal nerves.

The separation surgery took about 16 and a half hour and involved 39 consultants, specialists, technical, nursing, and support staff.

Head of the medical team Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said the operation has a 70 percent success rate and involved nine stages.

“All the doctors who have participated are Saudi colleagues. We take pride in ensuring that young cadres have participated and thus secured the continuous exchange of experience, he told Al-Ekhbariya.

“Some 38 individuals, including consultants, specialists, and nursing and technical staff, participated. There are also fresh graduates in pediatric surgery, as well as other fields of surgery.

“They are contributing with us to ensure that experience is not limited to certain people, but rather continues for years to come in a country where achievement is constant and giving is permanent,” he added.

This is the 60th operation performed by the Saudi program for separating conjoined twins. Over the past 34 years, the program has cared for 135 sets of twins from 25 countries.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah emphasized the Kingdom’s pioneering role in humanitarian work in general and medical work in particular. 

He extended his sincere thanks to his fellow medical team members for their great efforts, pointing out that this medical achievement is an embodiment of Saudi medical excellence, which falls within the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030. 

He also extended his thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support and follow-up of the Saudi program for separating conjoined twins.

The parents of the twins expressed thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and praised the Kingdom’s great humanitarian role.