Universities commended for their role in heritage education

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Updated 17 December 2012

Universities commended for their role in heritage education

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, has commended Saudi universities for their role in heritage education.
“All innovative projects presented by university students have won awards. This shows the Kingdom’s high potential of urban heritage development,” he said while addressing a ceremony for the distribution of Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Award.
The ceremony was organized by Turath charity association in cooperation with Dammam University, featured in the Second Urban Heritage Forum held under the aegis of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Fahd.
The SCTA president thanked Prince Muhammad for attending the ceremony that reflected “his concern for national heritage in general and the urban heritage in particular, and his support for the heritage preservation.”
Prince Sultan, who is also president of Turath and head of the award’s supreme committee, said this year, the committee had noticed a substantial increase in participation and attendance thanks to the efforts exerted by the award’s patron and organizers.
Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Rubaish, president of Dammam University, commended Prince Sultan’s keenness to preserve the Kingdom’s heritage. “This award bespeaks Prince Sultan’s concern for preserving urban heritage as an outstanding feature of our national identity and Islamic Arab civilization.”
Usamah bin Usamah Al-Guhari, general-secretary of Turath, noted the importance of the award due to its deep civilizational and historical interests. He thanked the SCTA for its interest in urban heritage development.
During the ceremony, Prince Sultan declared the acceptance by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, of the Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Award for his lifetime achievement.
“The lifetime achievement award has been honored by acceptance of Prince Salman,” the SCTA chief said, and thanked the crown prince for his efforts in developing urban heritage sites in Riyadh during the past 50 years.
“Prince Salman’s concern for the promotion of urban heritage wasn’t limited to Riyadh, but it was nationwide and gained international applause. That reflects his pride of the Islamic Arab civilization and the depth of its influence and importance of its cultural, social and economic dimensions.”
The crown prince will receive the Prince Sultan Lifetime Award during a ceremony at the Riyadh National Museum on Dec. 18. The Urban Heritage Preservation Award went to Al-Hafuf’s Beit Al-Baia’s preservation project and Al-Namas heritage village restoration project. The Human Dimension Award was won by Hufouf development project of Al-Ahsa municipality, while the Economic Heritage Project Award went to Tarut heritage compound project, Al-Qateef municipality, and Al-Jazeera association.
The Urban Heritage Research Award went to a research on benefiting from artistic heritage of Dhi-Ain village for developing and reviving traditional handicrafts by Al-Sayed Saleh bin Abdul Allah Saleh Al Zahrani.
Meanwhile, a Chinese delegation recently visited Masmak Museum in Riyadh. Nasser Al-Oraifi, director of the museum briefed the delegates about its content and the role played by King Abdul Aziz to unify the Kingdom.


Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Updated 26 May 2020

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread.

Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

And with stringent coronavirus measures, companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home. As there is no clarity about an end to this viral outbreak, debate on work-life balance has been ignited.

A new study titled “How COVID-19 changed the way people work” — conducted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky — reveals how quarantine has influenced how people work from home.

The “new normal” that workers are now facing is starting to have an impact on their work-life balance.

Nearly a third (31 percent) of workers said they are spending more time working than they did before. However, 46 percent said they have increased the amount of time they spend on personal activities.

This increased time on “personal activities” may be attributed to the fact that many people do not have to spend time commuting.

The study added that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity, especially when it comes to IT.

It further stated that 55 percent of workers are now reading more news compared with life before the pandemic.

Workers are also developing a habit of using personal services for work, increasing digital risks, including the disclosure of sensitive information. 

Some 42 percent of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49 percent admit their usage has increased when working from home. 

“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal and necessary privileges, implement a VPN and use secure and approved corporate systems,” said Andrey Evdokimov, chief information security officer at Kaspersky.

He added: “These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures.”

Dr. Waquar Ahmad Khan, an assistant professor at Taibah University, Madinah told Arab News: “The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant changes in the workings and lifestyles.”

He highlighted that working from home has both positive and negative aspects. 

“Being an academic I can say that teaching is an occupation with low suitability to work from home. To teach remotely without socializing can compromise both teachers and students’ academic performance and mental health,” he said.

There are other issues from the new working culture. Support from colleagues is now harder to find, at least face-to-face, he said, adding that anxieties about the public health issues itself are high.

Dr. Majed Al-Hedayan, a legal expert, told Arab News that the pandemic has led to a restructuring of the concept of job commitments.

“It has become an ambitious and optimistic view contrary to what it was before the pandemic that the performance of workers was below the level of ambition,” he added.

“This motivates public and private entities to adopt a methodology for remote working in the coming period after the pandemic,” said Al-Hedayan.