Wearing a confident smile for SR8,500

Updated 23 August 2016

Wearing a confident smile for SR8,500

JEDDAH: A well-aligned set of all the 32 teeth are an important part of one’s personality, especially for those seeking jobs in the defense or civil sectors. To gain that confident smile, such people are ready to shell out large sums of money to dental specialists, says a report.
For instance, the cost of dental implant, which many citizens opt for, is reportedly as high as SR8,500 in reputed clinics in the Kingdom, a local newspaper reported, quoting sources.
However, some tooth implant centers are very popular because of their low cost, but they are seen as not complying with international standards. This has resulted in some customers going abroad for the purpose.
Dr. Adnan Al-Maghlouth, a consultant in diseases and surgeries of the gums and supporting tissues and a consultant of dental implant and oral rehabilitation, told a newspaper that some countries like Switzerland depend on the local health rules for services.
The cost of general medicine and dental services are almost same everywhere in that country. The reason is that there is just one authority which determines the costs of surgeries. Therefore, it is easy to coordinate with insurance companies to cover the cost of treatment.
He said that in Switzerland, the price of dental implant is determined by a Swiss association, along with treatment of other oral problems. There is a marginal difference in the cost of treatment in hospitals and clinics, he added.
Dr. Osama Ahmad, a dentist, said that it was important to classify the dental surgeries and their cost. “There should be a list of the details of the teeth, means of the processes and types of implant.”
He said that there were two stages in the tooth implant surgery — preparation of the location in the mouth where the tooth will be implanted and installation of the new tooth. It is the quality of the tooth that determines the cost, he said.
Mohammad Al-Tamyat, a lawyer and legal consultant, said that those who are doing professional work without proper qualifications or with fake certificates can receive a maximum jail term of six months or a fine up to SR100,000 or both.

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.