Jeddah hosts 7th obesity medicine and surgery conference

Jeddah hosts 7th obesity medicine and surgery conference
The seventh annual conference of the Saudi Society of Obesity Medicine and Surgery opened on Wednesday under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi, governor of Jeddah. (SPA/File)
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Updated 07 February 2024
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Jeddah hosts 7th obesity medicine and surgery conference

Jeddah hosts 7th obesity medicine and surgery conference
  • With over 100 speakers participating, the three-day conference features a lineup of scientific sessions and workshops
  • An exhibition showcasing modern medical devices used in obesity treatment will accompany the conference

JEDDAH: The seventh annual conference of the Saudi Society of Obesity Medicine and Surgery opened on Wednesday under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi, governor of Jeddah.
With over 100 speakers participating, the three-day conference features a lineup of scientific sessions and workshops.
These include updates on therapeutic nutrition and psychological diseases associated with obesity, a nursing training workshop for newcomers to obesity surgeries, a specialized workshop for doctors on corrective operations, and a session on the latest minimally invasive obesity treatments such as balloons and stomach stapling.
An exhibition showcasing modern medical devices used in obesity treatment will accompany the conference.
Dr. Esam Salem Batayyah, president of the conference, emphasized the event’s goal to discuss the latest scientific and practical developments in obesity medicine and surgery.
The aim is to present the most recent global research and studies with the participation of doctors and specialists in obesity medicine, surgery, therapeutic nutrition, and behavioral therapy.
Prof. Ayedh Dabsan Al-Qahtani, president of SASMBS, said the conference is timely as obesity has become a global pandemic, claiming over 2.8 million lives annually, according to the World Health Organization.
SASMBS, affiliated with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, is working to address weight and obesity issues. The association provides support, resources, and scientific services to health practitioners, while collaborating with related health authorities to establish specialized education and awareness centers.


Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season
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Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.

Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.

The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.

“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
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Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
  • The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna
  • The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with its Austria counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna between the Kingdom’s Economy and Planning Minister Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim and Austria’s Labor and Economy Minister Martin Kocher.

The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

The countries will also organize conferences and seminars featuring experts in their fields.

The parties are committed to protecting mutual intellectual property rights, the SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia and Austria first signed economic, commercial, industrial and technology agreements in 2004.


Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
  • The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting

RIYADH: The Kingdom has retained its leadership position in the Global Research Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland this week.

The reelection to this position, for the second time since the body’s establishment in 2012, confirms the council’s confidence in Saudi Arabia, the SPA reported.

The council highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting research, development and innovation in the Middle East North Africa region, the report added.

The council comprises heads of research institutions that fund projects globally.


King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj

King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj
Updated 29 May 2024
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King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj

King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj
  • The gesture is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah
  • Since its inception 26 years ago, more than 60,000 pilgrims have been hosted under the program

RIYADH: King Salman ordered the hosting of 2,322 Hajj pilgrims on Tuesday, including 1,000 family members of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel or held in Israeli prisons.

1,300 people from over 88 countries and 22 family members of conjoined twins who were separated in the Kingdom will also be hosted for the pilgrimage, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The gesture is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance.

Since its inception 26 years ago, more than 60,000 pilgrims have been hosted under the program.

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikhb said the order reflects the Saudi leadership’s constant care for Muslims around the world and its efforts to strengthen unity and brotherhood among Muslims by bringing them together for Hajj at the expense of the king.

The minister said preparations to host these pilgrims have begun and a strategic plan has been developed.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned on Tuesday the Israeli forces’ continued “genocidal massacres against the Palestinian people without deterrence” by targeting the tents of defenseless Palestinian refugees in Rafah.

The Kingdom holds the Israeli authorities fully responsible for what is happening in Rafah and all the occupied Palestinian territories, a foreign ministry statement read.

Israel’s military denied striking a tent camp west of the city of Rafah on Tuesday after Gaza health authorities said Israeli tank shelling had killed at least 21 people there, in what Israel has designated a civilian evacuation zone.

Earlier, defying an appeal from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israeli tanks advanced to the heart of Rafah for the first time after a night of heavy bombardment, while Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, a move that further deepened Israel’s international isolation.

Saudi Arabia reiterated that the Israeli forces’ blatant violation of all international and humanitarian laws and norms, amid the silence of the international community, exacerbates the unprecedented Palestinian humanitarian catastrophe, and puts the credibility of international legitimacy institution at stake.

“The Kingdom stresses the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities to stop the massacres against the Palestinian people and hold those responsible accountable,” the statement concluded.

- With Reuters.