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#6076 [Permalink] Posted on 12th July 2018 17:31

Four new tunnels in Madinah to help pilgrims

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


The Madinah Development Authority in Saudi Arabia has announced that four new pedestrian tunnels will be built in nearby neighborhoods to allow easier access for people who want to go to the northern central region, according to the Saudi Press Agency.


The tunnels will help decrease traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety on the King Faisal Road that leads to the Prophet’s Mosque.


The developments are part of Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz’s, who is the chairman of the Al-Madinah Development Authority, plans to improve the city.



The four tunnels, which extend to 125 meters each, are include elevators that are specifically built to accommodate to the elderly and people with special needs. Additionally, 12 escalators and stairs were built to help pedestrians reach the Prophet’s Mosque without having to cross the road.


According to Saudi Press Agency, the tunnels include air conditioning systems, firefighting systems, lighting and sound systems, as well as security surveillance systems.


The tunnels will ensure that pedestrians reach the Prophet’s Mosque safely.


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#6077 [Permalink] Posted on 13th July 2018 08:58

Haj pilgrims start coming from tomorrow 

Friday, July 13, 2018 / 29 Shawwal 1439


JEDDAH — Marking the beginning of the Haj Season of 2018, foreign pilgrims will start arriving in the Kingdom from Saturday (July 14 /Dhul Qada 1). The first batch of pilgrims will be from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

On Saturday, a Biman Airlines plane, carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims, will land at the Haj and Umrah terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport while a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from New Delhi and a Pakistan International Airlines plane from Karachi will touch down at Prince Muhammad International Airport Madinah.


All preparations and arrangements are well in place to receive the pilgrims, according to the Saudi authorities and the Haj missions of various countries.


The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has completed all the preparations for the pilgrims’ arrival. Abdul Hakeem Al-Tamimi, president of GACA, said that the authority has worked out an integrated operational plan to receive the increasing number of pilgrims from all parts of the world.


“GACA is working to implement the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to render the best ever services and facilities for the pilgrims, especially through simplifying and reducing the duration of their arrival and departure procedures and easing the air traffic flow during the Haj season,” he said.


A total of 6,072 Haj flights will be operated, of which 3,383 will be through the Jeddah airport and 2,689 through the Madinah airport,” he added.


All pilgrims from Malaysia and a section of pilgrims from Indonesia will have their immigration pre-clearance facility from their embarkation points for this year’s Haj. The Proof of Concept (POC) System for pre-clearance at the point of departure to Saudi Arabia is being implemented in coordination with the Saudi, Malaysian and Indonesian authorities. The uniform electronic path service dubbed ‘Makkah Road Service’ will be launched from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta.


Meanwhile, senior Indian diplomats met Minister of Haj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten in Jeddah on Thursday to discuss the arrangements for the Haj.


Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed, Consul General Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh, and Deputy Consul General and Haj Consul Mohammed Shahid Alam were among those who attended the meeting.


Javed briefed Benten on the preparedness of the Indian Haj mission for the smooth reception and comfortable stay of Indian pilgrims for the annual pilgrimage. The minister appreciated the great efforts being made by the Indian Haj mission, in cooperation with Saudi authorities and agencies, to ensure the safety and comfort of Indian pilgrims.


The minister expressed happiness over the successful issuance of visa through e-Haj portal over the last three years and was highly appreciative of the IT skills of the Indian mission. The Ambassador also briefed Benten on the proposal of transportation of pilgrims on board ships and requested the minister for assistance in making the logistical arrangements for smooth reception at the sea ports in future.


Speaking to Saudi Gazette, Consul General Sheikh said that there will be 410 pilgrims on board the Saudia flight landing tomorrow at Madinah airport. The first Haj flight from India to Jeddah will be on July 29 and there will be 420 pilgrims on board the Air India flight from Chennai.


He said that a total of 234 flights will be operated to transport 67,302 pilgrims to Madinah and 209 flights to Jeddah to carry 61,400 pilgrims. He said that the Indian Haj Mission has linked all its hospitals and branch dispensaries in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah as well as at the Jeddah airport Haj terminal with an online software system for the first time.


Sheikh noted that a total of 1,300 women pilgrims are coming for Haj without a mahram (male blood relative) for this year’s Haj for the first time. Anticipating high temperature during Haj, the Indian Mission has made arrangements to supply tri-colored umbrellas with “India” written on both sides to every pilgrim, he added.


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#6078 [Permalink] Posted on 14th July 2018 07:24
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#6079 [Permalink] Posted on 16th July 2018 08:37

Saudi Arabia to host the biggest
‘Hackathon’ in the Middle East


July 15, 2018 / 2 Dhu al-Qaadah 1439


JEDDAH – The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones announced the opening of registration for "Haj Hackathon”, an event that promises to attract leading programmers from around the world to innovatively leverage technology to enrich and enhance the Haj experience for pilgrims, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.


This initiative is just one of the Kingdom's many efforts under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to provide the nation’s youth opportunities to become global leaders in technological development.


The Haj Hackathon will be held in August in Jeddah and is expected to attract more than 3,000 developers. Google will offer mentorship and training for participants of the Hackathon.


The Hackathon offers prize awards to the top three participants valued at SR2,000,000 to transform their ideas into businesses. First place will receive SR1,000,000, second place will get SR500,000 and third place SR350,000. In addition, SR150,000 to be awarded as a prize for excellence. 


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#6080 [Permalink] Posted on 17th July 2018 09:16

Acquittal of 13 crane crash
defendants may be revoked



July 16, 2018


JEDDAH — The acquittal of the 13 defendants in the Grand Mosque crane crash case might be revoked, according to informed judicial sources.


The sources expected the Supreme Court, which is the highest judicial authority, to reject the acquittal of all the defendants and to return back the case to the Summary Court in Makkah for a retrial.


The giant crane, owned and operated by the Binladen Group, fell down on the eastern part of the Grand Mosque on Sept. 15, 2015 killing 110 people and injuring 209 others.


Saleh Misfir Al-Ghamdi, a lawyer who is representing four of the defendants, said the Supreme Court has the right to rescind the acquittal of all the defendants even after it was upheld by the Court of Appeals.


"The case will go back to the zero point. The sessions will start again. The court will summon all the defendants and the witnesses," he said.


The Summary Court in Makkah's 108-page ruling on Oct. 2 last year acquitted and decided that they will not be committed to pay diah (blood money) to the victims.


The court said the incident took place on an official holiday and the crane was placed in correct upright position. "There was no negligence on the part of the accused," it said.


The court said the incident was caused by rains and heavy thunderous winds which were not anticipated.


The court wrote its acquittal ruling in 25 pages and the replies of the defendants and the defense of the defending lawyers in 75 pages.


The Public Prosecution decided to appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court and said in a memorandum to the court that negligence and a lack of commitment toward safety rules were the reasons for the crash.


The attorney general also said the defense of the accused was not accurate, there was no proof that enough safety measures were taken, there was no one of the 3,300 employees at the site during the crash and that the executing company did not consider weather alerts despite two previous warnings.


The attorney general insisted on the revocation of the acquittal and asked the court to oblige the defendants to pay the diah and to pay for the damage in the Grand Mosque.


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#6081 [Permalink] Posted on 19th July 2018 13:03
1.14 million heads of sheep to imported for sacrifice in Haj

July 17, 2018

MAKKAH – More than 1.14 million heads of sheep will be imported shortly to meet the sacrificial requirements of pilgrims who come for Haj this year, said Dr. Omar Al-Faqeeh, director general of the Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry’s branch office in the Makkah province.

“We already issued 61,813 import permits for this purpose until last week,” Al-Faqeeh said while speaking to Al-Madina Arabic daily.

He said the ministry has completed all preparations for the upcoming Haj season. “We have recruited the necessary number of veterinary doctors who will inspect the health condition of sheep imported through Jeddah Islamic Port,” he added.

Al-Faqeeh said the ministry would also check health of sheep and other animals at entry points of Makkah in order to protect the health of Makkah residents and the guests of God.

“We’ll not allow entry of any cattle to Makkah except after ensuring their health and country of origin,” the director general said. “We’ll appoint 131 veterinary doctors and assistants as well as administrators during the Haj season.”

Al-Faqeeh said the ministry has drawn up a comprehensive plan for this Haj season. “We’ll keep ready seven teams of veterinary doctors at entry points of Makkah including Kaakiya, Old Shumaisi, Sharaie, Nouriya and Hada. Two new teams will be deployed in Husainiya and Jurana,” he said.

“We have conducted a workshop for those who work in the veterinary teams during the Haj season,” the director general said, adding that participants were trained on how to avoid negative aspects that have taken place in the past years.

Work has started at the ministry’s three offices in Jeddah, Jamoom and Al-Laith to mark sheep and other livestock that enter Makkah. “This comes as part of efforts to implement the Animal Resources Law and the law on the kind treatment of animals,” he explained.

He said animal breeders will be given guidance as part of this campaign.

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#6082 [Permalink] Posted on 20th July 2018 09:07

Two-month Haj plan unveiled 

Presidency seeks to ensure ease, comfort for all pilgrims

Thursday , , July 19, 2018 / 6 , Dhu al-Qaadah , 1439


MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has unveiled its two-month plan for the upcoming Haj season, stretching from the beginning of the current month until the end of the month of Dhul Hijjah (July-August).


Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the authority, said the presidency was keen to make all early preparations for the Haj season for this year, including a number of services, covering administrative and human resources, guiding, engineering and technical fields.
He also pointed out that the plan during this year’s Haj season is working to achieve a number of goals, including helping pilgrims to perform their duties with utmost ease while making sure that the plan goes on without any hindrance, making all its venues available for the Great Mosque pilgrims and guiding them with wisdom and good advice as well as providing all the necessary services and preparing all the facilities and venues and ensuring they are ready in the best possible way. He also indicated that it was done in partnership and coordination with the relevant institutions, government and security parties headed by the Ministry of Interior and the regions of Makkah and Madinah.


Concerning the pilgrims’ guidance, Sheikh Sudais stressed the availability of a number of important services provided by public administrations including a guidance and advise service that is concerned with raising the awareness of pilgrims and visitors conducting their worship in the most appropriate way and according to legitimate requirements. This includes: workshops conducted by a number of religious figures from sheikhs, instructors and scholars, the distribution of Qur’an copies, pamphlets, religious and advisory books, translation of Friday sermons in the Two Holy Mosques in several languages, and organizing and arranging the visits and salutations to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his worthy companions (may Allah be pleased with them) as well as arranging the entrance and praying of women in the Prophet’s Mosque without mixing with men.


He also underlined the fact that the foundation has been working on simultaneous interpretation of Friday sermons in the Holy Mosque and that in 10 languages in addition to organizing all the gates and stairs during the Haj season. There are 210 gates in the Grand Mosque and 100 gates in the Prophet’s Mosque


There are 660 marble Zamzam water fountains and 25,000 water dispensers in the Grand Mosque, 60 fountains and 23,000 water dispensers in the Prophet’s Mosque.



King Abdul Aziz Foundation will also contribute through the renovation of Kiswa (gold-laced cover of the Holy Kaba) and a new cover on Dhul Hijjah 9. 
The number of humidifiers and air fresheners will also be increased in the corridors of the Grand Mosque in order to welcome visitors and worshipers. The air fresheners will be equipped with the finest incense and the best variety of coal which preserves heat without causing any smell or sparks. The air fresheners used are made of colloidal copper and covered with a colloidal perforated silver coat that allows to diffuse the incense with all caution.


Efforts are also on to allocate 600 air fans to the Grand Mosque and its squares, 4,500 air fans in the corridors of the mataf (Kaba circumabulation area) and 250 umbrellas in the Prophet’s Mosque as well as 52,499 carpets in the Two Holy Mosques. 


http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...-plan-unveiled













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