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#6211 [Permalink] Posted on 28th October 2019 11:47

By early next year, all flights
to shift to new Jeddah airport


October 22, 2019

JEDDAH — The third phase of the relocation of Saudia flights from the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport will begin on Nov. 3, local daily Al-Watan reported on Tuesday quoting informed sources.

The phase will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

The sources said the fourth phase will begin in mid-November and will cover such destinations as Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut.

The fifth phase will begin on Dec. 10 and will consist of flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

According to the sources, the sixth and final phase of shifting Saudia flights to the new airport will begin on Dec. 20 and will cover a number of destinations including, among others, London Lahore, Washington, Jakarta, Colombo, Madrid and Manilla.

The rest of the local flights will begin Mid-November and will be Dammam-Qasim while the sector of Madinah-Riyadh will be on Dec. 10.

The new airport had earlier begun operations via its Terminal No. 1 to the airports of Alexandria, Amman and Sharm El-Sheikh bringing the local destinations to 21 and the international ones to seven.

The relocation of Saudia flights from the old airport to the new one will be gradual until the end of 2019 after which the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

Other flights by foreign companies will begin from the new airport by the year-end to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Flights from Terminals 1 and 2 will start later and will continue until the airport has reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers annually.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...Jeddah-airport

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#6212 [Permalink] Posted on 28th October 2019 11:49

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Haj ministry can’t cancel
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October 21, 2019

MAKKAH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has said that the cancellation of the condition of the mahram (male guardian) for women of all ages to be granted Umrah visa was not within its jurisdiction.

The National Committee for Haj and Umrah of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a recent meeting asked the Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammed Saleh Banten to cancel this condition.

Ministry's spokesman, Hatim Qadi, said it is not within the authority of the ministry to cancel the mahram condition.

"This is rather the concern of other ministries and government departments not our ministry," he explained.

Chairman of the committee, Marwan Shaaban, said the requests presented to the minister during the meeting included the cancellation of the mahram condition.

He said these requests would require the consent of and the coordination with other concerned parties before being implemented.

He said he also asked the minister to exempt the counties which do not have regular systems for money transfers from the condition of remitting the Haj and Umrah fees to the ministry.

Shaaban said he and the other members of the committee presented as many as 11 recommendations to the minister to approve.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from the ministry, investors in the Umrah sector, hoteliers and other concerned officials.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/580392
 

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#6213 [Permalink] Posted on 12th November 2019 09:11

Photos reflect the development
of Makkah in 10 years



Mataf expansion


The passage of 10 years means that many and many have changed, both in terms of urban and cultural development, a time when some people do not notice its passage unless you see images that reflect this prosperity.


Saudi photographer Mohammed al-Bustani
 tends to take pictures of building designs in various places in Saudi Arabia. After witnessing the beginnings of the development of Makkah and the central region and the Great Mosque of Makkah, Bustani decided to accompany the lens of his camera in time, to document the stages of this rapid development, within 10 years


What are the places documented by the Saudi photographer, Mohammed Bustani, in 10 years?


Ghaza الغزة

Amer people شعب عامر

Mount Kaaba جبل الكعبة

Umm Al Qura Road طريق ام القرى


From Jabal al-Ka'bah to the people of Amer, the photographer seeks to highlight the work done in a short period of time, while documenting the chronological stages of urban and urban development in Mecca.


If you are curious about one of these places, the neighborhood of Ghaza, one of the neighborhoods adjacent to the Grand Mosque, had many hotels and popular souks. In 10 years, it has been transformed into yards of the Grand Mosque and public transport stops.


In an interview with Al-Bustani, he said that the development of these places over the past 10 years has a "great impact in organizing and providing comfort to the residents and destinations of Makkah."


The work of the gardener has not been without challenges .. After a major change in some areas, it has become difficult to restore the scene to a different angle. Although he has been waiting for many years to take one picture, the result is "fun and different," he said.


Al Bustani, an architectural specialist, tends to document the city of Makkah in many respects, such as monitoring pilgrims, pilgrims, and documenting the Hajj and Umrah seasons.


https://makkawi.com/News/Details/470...88%D8%A7%D9%85


Central gate of King Abdullah expansion



Ghaza district






Makkah Haramain station

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#6214 [Permalink] Posted on 27th November 2019 10:54
Birmingham pilgrims 'lose thousands' on cancelled Mecca trips

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-50562083

Worshippers fear they will lose thousands of pounds after their Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca were cancelled.

Pilgrims, who each bought packages through travel agent Taha Travel, in Small Heath, Birmingham, said refunds were not received and the shop was closed.

One woman took 17 years to save for her family's summer trip to Saudi Arabia.

Jameil Kendawi, of Taha Travel, said he was trying to pay back funds.

Every year millions of Muslims make the journey to Mecca.

An investigation by BBC Midlands Today found at least 11 people paid for packages for their families, which were being sold by Taha Travel for up to £4,000 each.

'Disastrous news'
It is understood the firm was not Atol protected.

Mohammad Asif Qureshi, from Birmingham, said his family's bags were packed until they received the "disastrous" news they were unable to go on their trip.

"My wife is really depressed. It took her about 17 years she was saving," he said.

"I have never heard before of somebody doing this. I've truly trusted a person.

"I thought how can somebody do this kind of job on a pilgrimage?"

Shahnaz Latif said she had been preparing for the trip for five years and the disappointment was "very hard" for the family to deal with.

In September, Mr Kendawi, a director of Taha Travel, spoke to the BBC when he was in Iraq and said he was "let down by the Saudi authorities".

The BBC has contacted Mr Kendawi on several further occasions, but he failed to respond to requests for comment.

Rashid Mogradia, the chief executive officer from the council of British Hajjis, said people should look for licensed Hajj organisers to make sure the company had a Ministry of Hajj and Umrah licence accredited by the Saudi Ministry.

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#6215 [Permalink] Posted on 9th December 2019 09:11

End of the expansion of the Grand Mosque
in 1444 AH
 /2022-23


December 4, 2019


Google Translate:

While the completion rate in the projects of the Grand Mosque “expansion of the Mataf and the third Saudi expansion” reached 80%, and only the final finishing and the completion of permanent works in the Al-Shamiya project are complete, all development projects in the Grand Mosque will end, whether the expansion of the Mataf or the expansion of Al-Shamiya in 1444 AH. (about in 2022-23)


The Director of Engineering and Administrative Affairs at the Agency for Projects and Engineering Studies at the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque, Eng. Ammar Al-Ahmadi, told “Makkah” that the Tawaf expansion project started with three phases represented in demolition and completion of demolition work, while the third stage that the project has reached now is related to the final finishes Pointing out that 80% of the construction work in the expansion project has ended completely, while the remaining finishing works are remaining.


He added that the Tawaf expansion project falls under it a number of other projects represented in King Abdulaziz Gate, Ajyad Gate, borrowed ceilings, and electromechanical works, stressing that the project stages are divided into fixed maps, and the project is unique in the world at the level, as it serves the guests of Rahman while the work is being done In it without stopping. And that this matter delayed the timetable for the implementation of parts of the project, noting that the side of King Abdulaziz Gate is the place in which the work was delayed due to certain conditions on the site, and with this, all demolition, finishing and other work was done.


Al-Ahmadi pointed out that the role of the projects agency is to supervise, monitor and follow-up directly with the Ministry of Finance for all existing projects in the Sacred Mosque, to ensure the quality of the final product, and that it is identical to the requirements and needs of the Sacred Mosque, adding that «many meetings were held to ensure coordination with the Royal Commission for Makkah and feelings The Holy City, with the participation of all concerned parties in the Grand Mosque, to ensure that there is no overlap between these entities in the expansion projects, and after this step we controlled 80% of the observations, most of which were the result of diligence Some agencies, however, maintenance work has evolved, for example 60 observations were observed in 1439 AH on the stairs in the expansion of King Fahd (may God have mercy on him), where last year it decreased to 8 notes, through the efforts of maintenance teams, as it positively reflected the crowd movement in organizing and ease Exiting and entering the Sacred Mosque.


He said, "We are optimistic in the next six months of a major progress in the completion of development and expansion projects in the Grand Mosque, and this is a result of the program presented by the Ministry of Finance this year, where there will be progress in the business by increasing employment in projects and equipment used, in addition to ongoing work In projects 24 hours, interspersed with a half-hour break before and after the five assignments.





Stages of work on the Mataf expansion project:
Demolition
Complete the demolitions
Final finishes

Mataf expansion works include:
Bathrooms
The Illuminations
Escalators
The elevators
the sound
Surveillance Cameras
Chillers

The number of worshipers in the expansion of the Mataf:
Before the start of the project: 197,900 vaccines
During the project works: 215,958 worshipers
When the project is completed: 278,000 vaccines

Number of toilets:
1439: 8680
1440: 5660
After completion of the projects: 12400

The Illuminations:
1439: 1671
1440: 2241
After projects are completed: 9200

Escalators:
1439: 256
1440: 275
After completion of the projects: 680

Elevators:
739: 1439
10: 1440
After completion of the projects: 147

Other numbers after the completion of all Haram projects:

8534 Surveillance Camera
9572 A “headphone” sound system
120 thousand refrigerated
115,600 worshipers in the Masaa
366,400 worshipers in the second expansion
1799 surveillance camera
70 indicative screens


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#6216 [Permalink] Posted on 9th December 2019 09:19

Consumption of water in Holy Haram
bathrooms to be cut by 65%


December 8, 2019


MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques is planning to implement a study aimed at reducing water consumption in the bathrooms of the Grand Mosque by about 65 percent, according to Makkah daily on Sunday.


It will be done in the coming few months.


The reduction of water consumption will begin at the Al-Qashashiyyah bathrooms before it will be generalized to cover other bathrooms near the Grand Mosque.


The concerned department of the presidency will evaluate the success of the experiment before it is carried out in all other bathrooms to cut down water consumption.


The presidency said modern methods will be used to reduce the consumption of water in the bathrooms and toilets and added that the study will be implemented during the remaining months of the current Hijra year.


There are about 5,660 bathrooms around the Haram and 2,241 places for ablution.


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...tobe-cut-by-65

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#6217 [Permalink] Posted on 17th December 2019 09:07

Roads near Grand Mosque
to have safe deposit boxes



Safe deposit boxes, which were equipped with surveillance cameras,
were set up in seven locations in the plazas of the Grand Mosque.

December 16, 2019


MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Makkah Municipality have agreed to set up safe deposit boxes on major roads leading to the Grand Mosque for the worshipers to keep their belongings which they cannot take with them inside the Haram, according to Makkah daily on Monday.


The presidency and the municipality have dismantled the deposit boxes which were placed in the Haram plaza so as to give more space to the worshipers and congregates.


According to informed sources, the presidency and the municipality have agreed on the locations of the boxes and have only now to put them in their places.


There were deposit boxes in the Haram plaza and near the bathrooms which have now been dismantled to facilitate entry and exiting of the Grand Mosque and to provide more space to the people to pray in the plazas.


The safe deposit boxes, which were equipped with surveillance cameras, were set up in seven locations which were near the King Abdul Aziz Gate, King Fahd Gate, Gate No. 73, Al-Shibaika staircase, Dar Al-Tawheed, Makkah Company and Al-Ghazah to the east of the Grand Mosque.


The presidency has also put a number of boxes to insert copies of the Qur'an in various sizes and languages at the Mataf area and the funeral prayer places.


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...-deposit-boxes

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#6218 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd December 2019 09:40

Grand Mosque gate numbers illuminated

December 22, 2019


MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has started writing the numbers of the gates of the Grand Mosques in illuminated colors to make it easy for the pilgrims and visitors to recognize them.


The numbers will be written in Arabic and English on the left and right side of each door in lighted colors.


The presidency started the new experiment on King Fahd gate No. 79 and it will be generalized on all other doors.


It said the new method of numbering is different from the old one in that the numbers are very clear and can be seen from a distance.


Chairman of the presidency, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, who recently launched this new method of door numbering, said the move was within the continued efforts to upgrade services in the Grand Mosque for the benefit of the pilgrims, visitors and worshipers.


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...rs-illuminated

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#6219 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd January 2020 09:24

4 historical graves discovered
in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Maala
cemetery in Makkah



50 historical graves had been discovered 10 years ago during the expansion of the cemetery

MAKKAH: The Holy Makkah Municipality announced the discovery of four historical tombs, one of which that dates back to the second century of Islam and the rest dating back to more than 700 years. The tombs were discovered during the excavation and processing of a new smart parking project located at the northeast of the historic Al-Maala cemetery.


One of these graves is historically attributed to a person named Jamaluddine Al-Jilani who died in 1288.


The municipality explained that while the contractor was conducting the excavation works for the new project, the tombs were found.


A source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) told Arab News that four historical graves were found near Al-Ashraf Awqaf, northeast of the historical cemetery, one of which dates back to the second century of the Islamic calendar. He stressed that the SCTH would receive the tombs officially next Sunday.


He also pointed out that 50 historical graves had been discovered 10 years ago during the expansion of the cemetery.


FASTFACT


The graves were discovered during the excavation and processing of a new smart

parking project located at the northeast of the historic Al-Maala cemetery.


Dr. Fawaz Al-Dahas, director of the Makkah History Center, told Arab News that the discovery of such historical tombs was a natural occurrence so close to the old cemetery.


According to Al-Dahas, there were a number of tombstones from similar finds in Al-Zaher Museum, which is supervised by the SCTH.

Al-Dahas explained the naming behind the cemetery was due to its location in Makkah.


It is the place where the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) wife, grandfather, and other ancestors are buried.


Historically, when a deceased person was buried, a sign would be placed on the grave to leave a mark, most probably an uneven, engraved rectangular stone.


https://www.arabnews.com/node/1605016/saudi-arabia



While the drilling and processing contractor performed his duties within the new smart car parking
project next to the Ma’alah tombs, tombstones dating back to the year 687 AH were found.







Al-Maala cemetery

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#6220 [Permalink] Posted on 8th January 2020 09:20

Comprehensive insurance coverage now
for Umrah pilgrims


January 4, 2020


RIYADH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has begun, as of Jan. 1 2020, implementing the comprehensive insurance plan to Umrah pilgrims (coming from abroad) during their visit to the Kingdom, Ayman Arfaj, general supervisor of the media center at the ministry, said in a statement.


The insurance coverage will be linked to visitor visas, and the relevant policy will become effective upon arrival of Umrah pilgrims in the Kingdom.


As of Jan. 1, a total of 8,452 policies were issued to Umrah pilgrims by The Company for Cooperative Insurance (Tawuniya), he concluded.


On Dec. 11, 2019, Tawuniya signed an agreement with the Ministry of Haj and Umrah to provide insurance services to Umrah and Haj pilgrims for four years.


The Umrah pilgrim can avail this insurance policy to visit government or private hospitals duding his visit. He only has to present his passport number.


Among the benefits of the comprehensive insurance is that the Umrah pilgrim can be compensated in case his flights are delayed or canceled, in cases of death and in transporting the bodies, or in accidents and disasters.


Meanwhile, official statistics on the weekly Umrah index have shown that 2,570,809 Umrah visas were issued since the beginning of the Umrah season for this year on Muharram 1, 1441 AH until Jumad Al-Awwal 7, 1441 AH while 2,241,140 Umrah pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom, Al-Arfaj said on Saturday.


The weekly Umrah index showed that 1,795,850 Umrah pilgrims have departed from the Kingdom after performing Umrah rites and Ziyarah.


The Umrah pilgrims entered the Kingdom via various entry points. Over 2,120,677 Umrah pilgrims arrived via airports, 116,537 via land crossing points and 3,928 via seaports.


The majority of arriving Umrah pilgrims were of the following nationalities in descending order: Pakistan 532,634, Indonesia 477,554, India 280,388, Malaysia 120,714, Egypt 120,609, Turkey 88,706, Algeria 85,605, Bangladesh 83,397, UAE 51,952, and Palestine 39,547.


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...s-Haj-Ministry

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#6221 [Permalink] Posted on 20th January 2020 09:18

Nearly 3 million Umrah visas
issued in 5 months


January 18, 2020


JEDDAH — The Ministry of Haj and Umrah has issued a total of more than 2.29 million Umrah visas in five months since the season started, according to a statistical report.


The number of Umrah visas issued since the beginning of the Umrah season on Muharram 1 until Jumada Al-Awwal 22 (Jan. 17) reached 2,913,170.


A total of 2,595,830 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom and these included 2,437,148 who arrived by air while 147,965 through land ports, and 10,717 through the seaports.


A total of 2,210,041 pilgrims have left the Kingdom after competing their Umrah rituals and praying at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, according to the weekly statistical report issued by the ministry.


Pakistan tops among the number of pilgrims with 601,880, and Indonesia and India came second and third with 537,894 and 307,066 pilgrims respectively.


Egypt comes fourth with 156,492 pilgrims and it was followed by Malaysia 130,949, Turkey 110, 389, Bangladesh 97,767, Algeria 94,417, UAE 57,730 and Jordan 52,175.


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...ed-in-5-months

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#6222 [Permalink] Posted on 20th January 2020 09:19

Makkah launches project
to improve checkpoints for pilgrims



The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization
project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah.

January 15, 2020


MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah, which should reduce waiting times significantly, it has announced.


The project was launched under instructions from Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and MRDA chairman, and the supervision of Prince Badr bin Sultan, deputy governor of Makkah.


The security-control center on Al-Shumaisi Road, which links Makkah and Jeddah, is underdoing development and should be fully operational before Ramadan. Development work includes increasing the number of traffic lanes to 16, updating the center’s technological infrastructure to increase efficiency, and integrating several government services under one roof. Fifteen percent of the work has already been completed.


MRDA spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki said that the authority has also begun development of a security-control center in Al-Nawwariyah in northern Makkah, adding that the new service facilities at the improved centers will also benefit residents of Makkah. Those facilities — at least in Al-Shumaisi — will include administrative offices, a mosque, a civil defense center, a Red Crescent center, and a building housing other government agencies.


https://www.arabnews.com/node/1613716/saudi-arabia




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#6223 [Permalink] Posted on 27th February 2020 09:03

King Abdullah mosque in Makkah
under construction


will accommodates more than 10,000 worshipers

21 February 2020


من أعمال رفع قواعد مسجد الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز، رحمه الله، الذي يقع في منتصف مشروع طريق الملك عبدالعزيز بمكة المكرمة، ويستوعب أكثر من عشرة آلاف مصل. ويساعد توسط موقعه وارتباطه بمسار المشاة في توفير الفرصة للمشاة لأداء الصلاة به في حال عدم تمكنهم من الوصول إلى الحرم.


https://makkahnewspaper.com/article/...84%D9%84%D9%87


Google translation:

One of the works to raise the bases of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Mosque, may God have mercy on him, which is located in the middle of the King Abdulaziz Road project in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, and which accommodates more than ten thousand worshipers. The mediation of its location and its connection to the pedestrian path helps provide an opportunity for the pedestrians to perform the prayer in the event they are unable to reach the Haram.













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#6224 [Permalink] Posted on 27th February 2020 09:08

Saudi Arabia suspends entry
for Umrah pilgrimage
over coronavirus fears


February 27, 2020


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has suspended entry into the country for individuals seeking to perform Umrah or visiting the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.


Guidelines to prevent the arrival of the virus to the Kingdom also include the suspension of travel to and from Saudi Arabia for GCC citizens using national ID cards.


— Developing story.


https://www.arabnews.com/node/1633826/saudi-arabia


arabic: https://www.okaz.com.sa/news/local/2012455



Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia
suspends entry for Umrah


Riyadh, February 26, 2020, SPA


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the competent health authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are closely following the developments of the spread of the new the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Ministry affirms the keenness of the Kingdom's government through those authorities to implement the approved international standards and support the efforts of countries and international organizations, especially the World Health Organization, to stop the spread of the virus, control it and eliminate it.


In completion of the efforts taken to provide the utmost protection to the safety of citizens and residents and everyone who intends to come to the territory of the Kingdom to perform Umrah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque or for the purpose of tourism, and based on the recommendations of the competent health authorities to apply the highest precautionary standards, and take proactive preventive measures to prevent the arrival of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the Kingdom and its spread, the Kingdom's government has decided to take the following precautions:


1- Suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily.


2- Suspending entry into the Kingdom with tourist visas for those coming from countries in which the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a danger, according to the criteria determined by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom.


3- Suspending the use by Saudi nationals and citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council states of the national identity card to travel to and from the Kingdom, except for Saudis who are abroad if their exit from the Kingdom is with the national identity card, and citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries currently inside the Kingdom, and wish to return from it to their countries, in case that their entry was with the national identity card, in order for the concerned authorities at the entry points to verify from which countries visitors came before their arrival to the kingdom, and apply health precautions to deal with those coming from those countries.


The Kingdom affirms that these procedures are temporary, and is subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities.

The Kingdom renews its support for all international measures taken to limit the spread of the virus.


https://www.spa.gov.sa/2039974

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#6225 [Permalink] Posted on 27th February 2020 09:11

Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry



We ask God Almighty to spare all humanity from all harm


_____________________________________________



Proactive Preventive Measures to Prevent
the Arrival of the New Coronavirus
to the Kingdom







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