Amidst this coronavirus scare, we know that horrifying news are constantly coming your way so today we just want you to take a breath, lay back and relax for the government is doing the best it can to contain the outbreak.
Several crucial steps have been taken by the Saudi government, to ensure the flattening of the curve and to drastically reduce and eventually eliminate the spread of the virus.
Below are some of these steps that we hope can help you find some peace of mind!
Imposing A national Curfew
The national curfew will not only help limit the spread and ensure the safety of many but it will also help foster a sense of unity across Saudi Arabia.
The curfew was a much needed measure to be taken and we have faith that with all of us staying at home, with restaurants and cafes closed, this will soon come to an end.
The $32 Billion Grant To Offset The Impact Of Coronavirus On Economy
The government on Friday revealed stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals ($32 billion) in an attempt to support an economy hit by the double blow of the coronavirus crisis and dramatically lower oil prices.
The Saudi National Disease Center Kicked Off COVID-19 Study
بدأنا في مختبرات المركز الوطني للوقاية من الأمراض ومكافحتها( #وقاية ) بدراسة التسلسل الوراثي لفيروس كورونا الجديد باستخدام تقنية "next generation sequencing” والتي تساعد في معرفة أين اصيبت الحالات المكتشفة بفيروس كورونا الجديد من خلال معرفة مكان نشأته وتتبع انتشاره داخل المملكة pic.twitter.com/Zh09XMUWoL
— المركز الوطني للـ وقـ ـايـ ـة من الأمراض ومكافحتها (@SaudiCDC) March 17, 2020
Just last week, the Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya) has announced the kick off of a study into the coronavirus using the “next generation” of genetic sequencing techniques.
The work carried out in its laboratories will help locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease.
Drastic decline in coronavirus cases in Qatif
After the city was under lock down, the number of cases has fallen drastically and up until Sunday, there only four new cases reported.
Saudi Red Crescent Launches Coronavirus Online Awareness Initiative
The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) launched a distance learning awareness initiative about coronavirus control and prevention.
It included 2,800 SRCA members, more than 3,000 volunteers, 220 students, and 1,100 trainees from the education and health ministries and other sectors.
Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”
The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!
Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.
Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.
Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.
This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.
The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.
The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.
The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.
Women’s Participation Rise 120% in Saudi Industries
Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.
According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.
Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.
“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.
He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.
This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.