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Saudi Arabia: Call for new regulations to combat smoking

JEDDAH: The Kingdom joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and the rest of the world in marking World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).

The Kingdom’s celebrations this year coincided with significant developments which involved the issuance of a system to ban smoking in the Kingdom, a quantum leap in the efforts made by authorities here to fight this plague invading Saudi society.

Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar, the director of King Saud University and head of the board of trustees of the medical city of the university, said: “The issuance of the system to ban smoking represents a pivotal phase in the efforts to combat smoking in Saudi society. It clearly reflects the wise leadership of the Kingdom to protect the health of citizens.

During his inauguration of the event to mark WNTD and the awareness exhibit, King Saud University Medical City CEO Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muammar warned against the severe health and economic implications of smoking on the society, calling for the integrations of the roles made by the state, civil society organizations, and the private sector to stand firmly in the face of smoking and its spread among members of society.

Saudi Arabia: Eyes Djibouti, Nepal labor markets

RIYADH: Minister of Labor Mufrej Al-Haqabani and ministry officials will hold meetings on the sidelines of the International Labor Organization meeting in Geneva with labor exporting countries to discuss agreements for recruitment of domestic labor.
Tayssir Al-Mofrej, ministry spokesman and director of the media center, said meetings will take place with delegations from Djibouti Kenya and Nepal to finalize terms of agreements in order to expand options for citizens to recruit workers from these countries.

Saudi Arabia: Young Saudis win praise for talent

JEDDAH: Young Saudis displayed their business projects and other talents, such as handicraft items and designer clothes, at an exhibition here and earned accolades by people from all walks of life.

More than 250 participants took part in the 7th annual Young Businessmen and Women Forum and Exhibition over the past few days at the Jeddah International Center for Forums and Events.

The exhibits, according to prominent personalities quoted by local media,

Saudi Arabia: SCTA provides 39 shops for craftspeople

ABHA: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has provided 39 shops for craftspeople in Asir. Muhammad Al-Umrah, director general of the SCTA in Asir, told Arab News recently that the shops are in the Abha Al-Jadida, Al-Salam and Al-Dalmon parks.

They would start operating this summer, with an aim to boost tourism in the region.

Saudi Arabia: 47 percent of Arabic tweets "Saudis post"

RIYADH: Saudi tweets account for more than 47 percent of all Arabic content on Twitter, according to a recent study.Twitter has made it big in Saudi Arabia, since Arabic was introduced onto the platform in 2012,”

MVF Global said. With just 140 characters, MVF Global added, Twitter has become the largest real-time conversation ever created, “a global platform for self-expression to discover common interests.”