Shoura to refer new HIV prevention law to Cabinet

Updated 28 September 2012

Shoura to refer new HIV prevention law to Cabinet

The Shoura Council will refer to the Cabinet in the next few days a new regulation on HIV prevention. The regulation, a modified version of an old one, consists of 30 articles and details the patients’ rights and obligations, Okaz newspaper reported Wednesday.
The modifications came following recommendations from government representatives and experts and after the Shoura Council’s health and environment committee attended forums and symposiums in other countries.
The committee also looked at drafts submitted by the National Society of Human Rights and the experts commission.
The regulation, said the newspaper, categorizes HIV as a contagious disease and lists a number of precautionary procedures to prevent infection. The law obliges health departments to provide health and psychological care to HIV carriers, respect their rights, as well as create awareness about the disease, its transmission, danger, and how to avoid it.
The regulation prohibits health departments from denying health care to any HIV carrier, no matter how he or she was infected.
The National Program to Encounter HIV should coordinate with other health departments to activate precautionary and rehabilitation procedures as well as specify the reference laboratories for diagnosis. The regulation obliges the health department to send samples suspected to be positive to reference laboratories to verify the infection. It obliges all health departments to report any suspected case with confidentiality.
Health care should be provided to pregnant women carrying HIV, and it is prohibited to forcibly make her abort the baby or deprive her from her child custody because of the infection.
An HIV carrier cannot be denied education nor can an infected person's work contract be terminated because of the infection, unless he or she intended to infect someone else or harm the others, according to the directive.
The regulation stresses the prohibition of an HIV test for employment, except for teachers in public education, applicants of health and military institutes, all medical cadre applicants, all military job applicants, premarital tests and pregnant women in addition to any case the minister of health should consider to include in the test in coordination with the medical services council.
The regulation says that all non-Saudi HIV carriers should be deported to their countries or any country they choose.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”