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Saudi Women Excelling in the Fields of STEM

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More girls in the Kingdom are choosing an education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), they are excelling in the majors. However, one challenge facing them at the moment is not finding jobs related to their fields.

Dr. Fatima Alakeel, a cybersecurity expert and faculty member at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, says that: “In the Kingdom, STEM-related jobs are limited at the moment, as the economy is primarily oil-based and there are few technical jobs available.”

Dr. Fatima Alakeel, cybersecurity expert.

Alakeel is also the founder and CEO of the non-profit Confidentiality, Integrity & Availability Group (CIAG), which focuses on information security training and research in Riyadh.

“We have more girls in STEM education compared to Western countries.”

What is even more impressive is that 57 percent of undergraduates for the year 2015-2016 in the Kingdom were revealed to be girls, and in the same year, women outnumbered men in graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, mathematics, information technology (IT) statistics, and physics. According to a report done by the Saudi Education Ministry.

It’s great seeing how in today’s Saudi Arabia, parents are becoming more encouraging to their daughters and pushing them into getting a degree in male dominant majors, and to study not just in the kingdom but outside in Western universities if needed. Things are definitely looking up for women as day by day, they’re becoming a more crucial part of the development of Saudi Arabia.

The only challenge right now that the government is trying hard to solve, is securing job opportunities for STEM graduates, and it’s only a matter of time until the government succeeds in doing so; as per the vision of 2030. Because based on the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, there will be indeed more jobs, that includes technical ones, once this is achieved, women will of course have their fair share.

“We’re glad to see Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud becoming the first female ambassador of the country. It only suggests change is on the way,” Alakeel said.

22 year-old Maha Al-Taleb, a graduate with a degree in technology from KSU, specializing in IT networks and security, told Arab News: “Saudi women are ambitious. We’re acquiring high degrees and seeking successful careers. I don’t know why the world assumes that Saudi women are a backward tribal species who have no say in these matters. This entire perception is flawed.”

And this couldn’t be more true, because ever since the Vision served to support them, Saudi women had been proving their capabilities in the different fields that they were taken part in, and their success is apparent and impressive throughout the past years.

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Sheikh Mansoor inaugurates revolutionary Sports Medicine and Rehab Centre at Mediclinic Parkview Hospital

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His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, officially opened Mediclinic Parkview Hospital’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Centre.

He was accompanied by Ahmed Ali, Executive Director of Mediclinic Middle East and David Jelley, Hospital Director. The state of the art centre, the first under Mediclinic’s new Perform brand for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, is an integrated facility for the treatment of sports injuries, sports performance, musculoskeletal complaints and a full range of rehabilitation therapy.

Ahmed Ali said: “I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his visit and for his continuous support for Mediclinic and its initiatives in the Middle East.”

David Jelley, Hospital Director, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, said:  “While there are existing sports medicine and physiotherapy facilities in Dubai, this is a first of its kind within a hospital environment and on this scale. It truly is a world class service for sports medicine and rehabilitation.”

Some of the unique features of the centre include the state of the art bespoke bio circuit programme which allows for fully customised digital training programmes through the Technogym MyWellness app, a gait analysis lab, force plate analysis and functional screening, the TPI golf assessment, custom bike fitment for cyclists, V02 Max testing and the Alter-G antigravity treadmill for rehabilitation.

Mediclinic Perform currently houses three internationally respected Sports and Exercise Medicine doctors, multiple sports subspecialists including sports physiotherapists, sports podiatry, chiropractic, sports massage, sports therapy and over 30 physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialists. Almost all patients can benefit from exercise or physical activity and it is our intention to support the UAE’s vision in reducing the chronic disease burden and helping to create a healthier, more active population through services like ours so that our patients can truly perform for life,” said Dr. Alan Kourie, Head of Sports Medicine & Rehab, Mediclinic Middle East.

For more information on Mediclinic Perform’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Centre located at Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, please visit www.mediclinic.ae or call 8001999

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Atleir Des’Lumières Paris’s Digital Art Museum

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French artwork and museums had a space in peoples heart for a long time, but this one will 
grasp in your heart and mind. Atleir Des Lumières, a digital art exhibition featuring the 
historical artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and many establish European artists. You get to walk 
and live through the paintings, and get a experienced apprehension of artwork. Where each 
visitor immerses themselves in a dreamy reality of sentimental colors, and enticing artwork, 
separating them from the world and immersing them into a canvas of Vincent Van Gogh, as 
you enter each room of the 2000 sq exhibition, you are either painted into a new projection 
of the Viennese painter Gustave Klint, all 100 landscapes come into life by the melodias of 
Beethoven, Wagner, or Strauss. This digital artwork masterpiece is coming across the world 
everyday, with locations at Shangahia and DubaiL’Atleir Des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 
750011 Paris is open everyday between 10 and 18h, Friday until 22h. ticket prices are 14.5 a 
reduced ticket price is 11.5, and a childrens ticket is 9.5. For art lovers who admired artwork 
all their lives, this is the destination for you.  
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Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”

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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.

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