KSA among top 40 countries investing in research

Updated 08 February 2015

KSA among top 40 countries investing in research

Saudi Arabia was among the top 40 countries investing in research and development (R&D) areas in 2014, local media said, quoting a report by Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).
The report, based on studies carried out by a US research firm, said Saudi Arabia allocated 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) for R&D.
On the other hand, Qatar allocated 2.8 percent of GDP for R&D, which put the tiny Gulf country on a par with major countries such the United States and Germany, the report said.
Meanwhile, the GPCA has announced the launch of the 2nd research and innovation forum in Dubai from March 16 to 18 and stressed the role of innovation as a key growth driver to the petrochemical industry in the GCC countries.
Secretary-General of GPCA Abdulwahhab Al-Sadoun said efforts to stimulate innovation in the GCC countries are still in their early stages. However, increased spending on R&D will positively affect other nonoil sectors, he was quoted as saying. The growth in the number of innovation and technological centers in the GCC countries is a positive indication, he said.
The number of patents on the petrochemical sector in the GCC countries has reportedly grown fivefold in the last decade.

Based on data released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the number of patents in chemistry for GCC researchers grew to 288 in 2013 compared to 48 in 2004.

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.