Riyadh governor opens Alzheimer’s conference

Mohammed Rasooldeen
Wed, 2017-02-01

RIYADH: On behalf of Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, honorary president of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association (SADA), Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the third International Alzheimer’s Conference at the headquarters of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh on Monday.
Following the inauguration, Prince Saud bin Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, chairman of the SADA board of directors, signed partnership agreements with private-sector organizations including the Saudi Electricity Co., the Saudi Investment Bank, Dallah Al-Baraka Group Holdings, Abdulmohsen Al-Hokair Group and Home Experts Holdings.
Prince Faisal thanked King Salman for exerting immense care in treating the elderly in this program. He also thanked the philanthropists who have come forward via their organizations to help in this venture.
Describing Saudi Arabia as a land blessed with philanthropy, righteousness and solidarity, Prince Faisal said Islam preaches the same principles in treating the elderly in society.
He added that the conference will inform participants of the latest advances in the field of Alzheimer’s, and is a good opportunity for the Kingdom to announce its achievements in treating the disease in the past seven years.
The prince commended the efforts of Princess Madawi bint Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, vice chairman of the SADA board of directors.
KACST President Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed also addressed the gathering at the inauguration.
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named after German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have since learned a great deal about the disease.
Alzheimer’s gets worse over time and is fatal. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the world and the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
SADA’s vision is to create a world without Alzheimer’s, while optimizing awareness of the disease and the quality of living for affected individuals and their carers.

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MiSK launches initiative to train young women in leadership

Arab News
Wed, 2017-02-01

RIYADH: The Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK) has launched an initiative to train women in leadership, enhance their leadership potential, and allow them to become positive and influential members in their workplace.
MiSK said the registration period is Feb. 1 – 11, and urged those who wish to register to visit www.misk.org.sa to complete the application and select the location where they wish to undertake the program.
It will be held eight times over six months in eight regions: Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, the Eastern Province, Asir, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jouf.
The program offers comprehensive three-day training courses in each region, and includes meetings to exchange ideas and experiences.
The main sessions focus on acquiring leadership skills in the workplace, drawing inspiration and practicing leadership.
The program is part of the charity’s goal to encourage education and leadership development among youths. The program complements Saudi Vision 2030, which includes enhancing female participation and skills to contribute to national development.
The program also aims to incentivize leadership skills and apply modern methods to create a work environment concerned with leadership, strategy building and quality work.
It will offer participants a chance to understand the concept of leadership, the best ways to achieve it inside and outside the workplace, and how to work in groups and in accordance with specific plans.
The program also focuses on organizing projects and tools that encourage quality program implementation.

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Productive families market showcases women’s creativity, development of crafts

Wed, 2017-02-01

AL-JOUF: The productive families’ exhibition at the Al-Jouf Olive Festival is no longer a market allocated only for heritage pieces, which are usually the dominating characteristic for popular productive markets.
Instead, it is now a market that displays various art items and showcases the talents of Saudi women who now use their abilities to produce goods and commodities that meet market and consumer needs.
About 170 women are participating in the festival with products including Al-Sadu (a traditional form of weaving) products, wool knitting and handicrafts. The market has also seeing the emergence of women and girls from the region specializing in art sculptures, perfumes, handmade soaps and statues.
Abdulaziz Al-Ruwaili, general supervisor of the market, said that the Princess Sara bint Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Award granted to productive families has had a great role in the development of the market, which is being held for the fifth consecutive year.
He noted the active participation of Saudi women, who use their talents to turn their productions of Al-Sadu weaving and embroidery into modern luxury goods, keep pace with trendy women’s fashions.
He added the exhibition also includes popular dishes, industrial bags, mobile phone covers, and numerous types of sweets and food.
Al-Ruwaili said the productive families’ exhibition aims to train and rehabilitate productive families and enable them to meet the challenges facing them. The exhibition affords them the opportunity to display, market, sell their products and establish marketing channels for their products.
“It ensures a sustainable income and provides economic returns for the productive families, thus transforming them from being consumers to producers,” Al-Ruwaili said. “It motivates the community to establish domestic investments in addition to rooting the national heritage and handicrafts, strengthening national identity and promoting an entrepreneurial culture.”
He added that the King Abdul Aziz Women’s Charitable Organization in Al-Jouf holds free training courses for productive families at its headquarters, including Al-Sadu weaving, sewing, traditional foods, the handmade soap industry, artworks, bedspreads, accessories and clothing.
The training courses focus on developing skills for productive families at the professional, administrative and marketing levels.

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German delegation, JCCI in talks to boost economic ties

Fouzia Khan
Wed, 2017-02-01

JEDDAH: Senior officials of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Tuesday received a high-level German delegation headed by Christian Wulff, former president of Germany and head of the Euro-Mediterranean Economic Cooperation Organization.
The two sides discussed ways of bolstering cooperation between the two countries in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
The German delegation was welcomed by JCCI vice presidents Mazen bin Mohammed Batterjee and Ziad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, board member Fahad bin Saban Salami, and Secretary General Hassan bin Ibrahim Dahlan.
They discussed the strong relationship and cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of energy, water, technology, electrical engineering, pharmaceuticals, trade and diplomacy.
The private sector plays a pivotal role in these relations. German companies enjoy a good image in the Saudi market, with more than 400 currently involved in various projects and trade deals, with investments of more than $8 billion, according to data by the General Authority for Investment.
Batterjee noted the popularity of German products and technology in the Kingdom, and German delegation visits and contributions to exhibitions that strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations.
He said he wants increased bilateral trade, and for the private sector to organize more joint exhibitions and have frequent visits of Saudi and German trade delegations, which paint a promising future for economic relations between the two countries.
Wulff expressed German companies’ readiness to provide the expertise and technology necessary to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030.
He said bilateral trade had grown in recent years, and emphasized the need to promote cultural relations. He said Germany issued more than 74,000 visas to Saudi citizens in 2015.
Four memoranda of understanding were signed to promote trade relations.

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A date with history: Bosnian-Serb delegation tours historic landmarks in the capital

Wed, 2017-02-01

RIYADH: The Bosnian-Serb delegation, in the capital to strengthen bilateral cultural cooperation, is spending two days touring historical landmarks, Al-Musmak Palace Museum and the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center that houses the National Museum.
The joint delegation, visiting the Kingdom at the invitation of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), paid a visit on Monday to the historic Al-Musmak Palace Museum, SCTH officials said Tuesday.
The joint delegation includes Rasim Ljajic, Serbian deputy premier and minister of trade and tourism and telecommunications, Mirko Markovic, Bosnian deputy premier and minister of foreign trade and economic relations and chairman of the Bosnian economic delegation, officials from the ministries of trade, economy and tourism, and several businessmen in both the countries. They were welcomed by Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, vice president of the SCTH.
They toured various halls of the museum and were briefed on the paintings, photographs and collections on display in the museum.
They also watched a short film on the unification of the modern Kingdom by the founder King Abdul Aziz and listened to an explanation by Nasser Al-Arifi, director of the museum about the importance of Musmak Museum and King Abdul Aziz and his efforts in the unification of the Kingdom.
The delegates also paid a visit to the King Abdulaziz Historical Center that houses the National Museum.
The museum offers heritage, culture, archaeological treasures and a series of manuscripts displayed in the museum that reflect the depth of Kingdom’s culture across different eras.
The joint delegation also met King Salman on Monday and reviewed existing relations between the Kingdom and Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the prospects of further enhancing them, particularly in trade and economic fields.
The visit is the result of Prince Sultan’s keenness to initiate ties with Bosnia. It followed an official visit the prince conducted to Serbia in November 2015 at the invitation of Ljajic.

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Saudi National Campaign manager meets UNHCR officials in Jordan

Wed, 2017-02-01

RIYADH: The regional director of the Saudi National Campaign for Syria, Dr. Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, met with officials of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan to discuss the conditions of Syrian refugees there, and ways to promote cooperation between the campaign and the UNHCR.
During the meeting, Al-Samhan stressed the strong partnership between the campaign and the UNHCR regionally.
He said the campaign’s goal, stemming from the fraternal links between the Saudi and Syrian peoples, is to support displaced Syrians in all areas, alleviate their hardships and suffering, and open avenues of cooperation with humanitarian organizations working to improve services offered to them.
Stefano Severe, UNHCR representative in Jordan, applauded the professionalism of the Saudi national campaign in the region and the world.
He said the UNHCR is doing its duty toward vulnerable Syrians by providing successful charitable programs and projects that would benefit them.
He welcomed the strategic development in relations between the campaign and the UNHCR.

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Bedouin families recall desert life in Hail festival

Mohammed Al-SuLAmi
Wed, 2017-02-01

HAIL: Thirteen Bedouin families are recalling the desert heritage and nomadic life of past generations at the 10th Sahara International Festival in Maghwat park in Hail.
The festival began Thursday and lasts for 10 days under the auspices of the emir of Hail, Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz.
The families have erected 13 tents on the mountains of Aja to give visitors a glimpse of Bedouin life in the desert.
Families wake up as early as 6 a.m., when the festival gates open to visitors. They prepare food the Bedouin way — using fire, baking on sheets, and using milk, butter and fat from sheep — and serve it to visitors.
The festival also includes camel and horse racing, and hawks and dogs used for hunting.
Events supervisor Khaled Al-Habddan said the festival is reviving a social, economic and sporting culture that has almost disappeared.

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