In Retrieved Artifacts Exhibition:

Late Prince Sultan, may he rest in peace, presented historical antiquity for hall to his name in museum to be built

International conference on Alzheimer’s launches global award to Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz name

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities opened this week the World Symposium for Restoration of Antiquities being held within the activities of Exhibition of National Restored Antiquities organized by the Commission at National Museum.

Addressing the Symposium, the Prince asserted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing an exceptional stage under the auspices and support of the King and the Crown Prince for taking care of the national heritage through a number of programs, including the Campaign for Restoration of National Antiquities.

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) opened this week the 'National Exhibition for Retrieved Artifacts' organized by SCTA in the National Museum in Riyadh.

The exhibition was opened on the sidelines of holding 27th Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and culture.

The opening ceremony of National Exhibition for Retrieved Artifacts was attended by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture; a number of princes and a gathering of senior officials and media personnel.

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet's Member, and Commander of National Guard presented a collection of rare antiquities to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

The antiquities were received by SCTA President, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, in the presence of Prince Saad Bin Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

In a press a press statement, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah said, 'What I have done is a duty as it is important to preserve our antiquities, to highlight the depth of civilization of this blessed country, and to promote a campaign, being patronized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and launched by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities for the restoration of national antiquities.

Meanwhile, the First International Conference on Alzheimer's disease will be held in Riyadh on Feb. 20 with the support of Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmed, the Saudi Alzheimer's Association (SAA) announced Saturday.

The event will be held at the headquarters of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Speaking to reporters, SAA chief supervisor Dr. Abdulaziz Almagushi said this is the first time such a conference will be held in the region.

“We want to create an awareness about the disease, which has already affected 2 percent of the population in the Kingdom,” he said, adding that besides targeting medics and paramedics who deal with patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the association intends to carry out a national campaign in cooperation with nongovernmental organizations in the Kingdom.

Almagushi said at present SAA has a district-wide program in Al-Jouf, Tabuk, Madinah, the Eastern Province, Riyadh and Al-Qassim. Similar programs will be extended to Makkah and Abha.

With the help of nongovernmental organizations, SAA hopes to supply electric beds, wheel chairs and medicines for Alzheimer's patients.

On the sidelines of the forthcoming conference, SAA will sign three agreements with King Saud University, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz Medical University of the National Guard and Alfaisal University. “They will be our strategic partners in our national campaign,” Almagushi said.

Almagushi, who is also the assistant director general of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, said the SAA is keen on making people aware of the disease and how to help them treat such patients at an early stage. “We also want to encourage the setting up of more clinics for Alzheimer patients throughout the Kingdom,” he said.

The three-day meeting will be attended by Prince Saud bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, who is chairman of the organization.

Deputy Interior Minister and honorary chairman of SAA Prince Ahmed, Social Affairs Minister Youssef Al-Othaimeen and KACST President Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel are slated to address the gathering at the inaugural ceremony.

Alzheimer's Disease International Executive Director Marc Wortman is also scheduled to address the delegates at the opening of the conference.

Several speakers from the United States and Europe are expected to participate in the conference.

Alzheimer's disease is one of many causes of dementia, impairment in memory and thinking that is severe enough to affect an individual's ability to function in daily life. Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are subtle at first and may be identical to those associated with other causes of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease begins with a mild, slowly worsening memory loss. These initial symptoms typically develop over a period of years and may be subtle.

The disease progresses at different rates in different people. Over time, people with the disease lose their ability to think and reason clearly, make judgments, solve problems, communicate, concentrate, remember useful information and take care of themselves.

As the disease progresses, changes in personality and behavior can develop. Individuals may experience anxiety, agitation, paranoia, delusions and hallucinations.