Hail restaurant shut after a case of food poisoning

Updated 30 July 2015

Hail restaurant shut after a case of food poisoning

JEDDAH: A committee consisting of representatives from the Hail governorate, municipality, health department and the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA) has ordered the closure of a restaurant in the city’s industrial area.
Twelve people suffered poisoning from bacterial Salmonella after consuming food at the restaurant. The owner of the restaurant was fined SR12,000. The municipality also fined the owner SR19,900 for various other violations. The total fine was SR31,900.
Saad Al-Thuwain of the Hail municipality, said that the decision to close the restaurant was taken in view of the directive from Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh, minister of municipal and rural affairs, because of the poisoning of people. Investigations showed that the poisoning was due to the transfer of Salmonella from some of the workers at the restaurant.
Al-Thuwaini said the punitive measure was taken as part of health inspection drive carried out by the municipality.
A number of other restaurants were also found guilty of violations. The violations included a low level of cleanliness in the restaurant kitchens, presence of expired food items which were served to the customers and the presence of spoiled food where all signs were present of its condition, open sewage slots inside the cooking area which led to pollution and food poisoning.
On these grounds, fines were imposed according to the law.
Al-Thuwaini said that Ibrahim bin Said Abu Ras, secretary of Hail, has been carrying out health inspection of meat, fish and vegetables in the markets. Bakeries, buffets, sweet and juice shops are included in the interest of public health.
He said that the secretariat had a direct phone line to receive complaints and information. The round-the-clock number is 0165323332 and also number 940.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.