Terrorism prisoners get ‘top treatment’

Updated 06 March 2015

Terrorism prisoners get ‘top treatment’

Citizens held at Dhahban prison for terrorism offenses have access to top class services including gyms, swimming pools, food prepared by chefs, doctors and special laundry services, a local publication reported recently.
The inmates’ laundry is cleaned every day using special sterilization processes, the supervisor of the section was quoted as saying. This includes their clothing and bed sheets, he said.
At the prison restaurant, a team of chefs and dietitians prepare daily meals, which include four types of food. According to the security officer in charge of nutrition, the meals include meat, chicken and fish. “Meals are also prepared for those who are fasting, which includes dates and milk. We also offer healthy meals for detainees who are dieting.”
He said detainees can share their views by filling in a questionnaire, and request certain meals. They also have access to drinks, sweets, chocolates, biscuits, and all types of cigarettes.
Health care services are provided at the Central Security Hospital at the prison. The supervisor of medical services, a physician holding the rank of lieutenant, said the center has 30 beds, which would be expanded in future.
There are 132 medical staffers working at the hospital, including 22 consultants, 74 nurses, and 46 top consultant physicians who visit when needed. It has 14 specialized clinics and two kidney dialysis machines. The hospital also helps to identify donors for detainees needing kidney transplants, with the procedure taking place at the prison hospital. Last year the medical staff carried out 23,493 examinations, he said.
Health services are also provided at the Mohammed bin Naif Medical and Counseling Center, which has 13 clinics and several specialized doctors. Tareq Al-Yami, the physician in charge, said an expansion is underway.
The center includes seminar halls, private rooms for individual and group meetings, private bedrooms, swimming pools, gyms, and recreation areas. Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Zahrani, the supervisor, said the center provides services for community integration and behavioral counseling.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2020

On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.