1 million Saudis to celebrate Eid in Dubai

Updated 08 October 2012
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1 million Saudis to celebrate Eid in Dubai

Elaborate arrangements are being made in Dubai to welcome over 1 million visitors from the Kingdom during the Eid Al-Adha holidays.
Ibrahim Saleh, Dubai Festival general coordinator, said organizers expect record-breaking numbers of Saudis and expatriates from the Kingdom this season.
Saleh was addressing newsmen at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday during the launch of “Eid in Dubai” program in the Kingdom.
He said the United Arab Emirates had a similar four-day program during the last Ramadan festival. “The event drew more than 800,000 visitors from the Kingdom,” he said.
“Eid in Dubai” is a Dubai government initiative launched in 2008 by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment and aimed at promoting Dubai as a festive destination during the Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha celebrations. In addition, it is meant to attract families in the GCC through organizing and embracing various entertainment events that are held during Eid and highlight Dubai’s unique manner of celebrating this special occasion.
"'Eid in Dubai’ emphasizes the fact that the diverse social and cultural fabric of Dubai is as significant as its dynamic economic growth.
“The cosmopolitan city hosts more than 200 nationalities that coexist in exceptional harmony and despite different orientations and cultural backgrounds, residents and visitors in Dubai come together to share joyous moments during different festivities hosted all year round. ‘Eid in Dubai’ is another valuable addition that will enhance the spirit of the city,” Saleh said.
Traditional celebrations such as “Fuwallat Al-Eid,” as well as splendid fireworks, shopping malls and jewelry promotions, hotel packages and several international concerts contribute toward making "Eid in Dubai" a memorable time of the year, he added.
One of the highlights of this year’s celebrations is that shopping malls will be open for 24 hours on weekends during the two-week extravaganza.
Capt. Jassim Ahli from the Department of Naturalization and Residency in Dubai dispelled rumors that that his country had changed its entry visa regulations for Asian expatriates. “We will follow the prevailing regulations to give entry visas to expatriates living as residents in the GCC countries including the Kingdom.
Expatriates living in the GCC countries with certain job categories are given on arrival entry visas at the Dubai International Airport, he noted.
Saeed Al-Janahi, Emirates’ district manager in Riyadh, said: “Emirates has 17 weekly flights to Dubai. Emirates also flies to three other points in Saudi Arabia, once daily to Dammam and Al Madinah, and 19 weekly flights to Jeddah with the airline’s flagship Airbus A380.”


Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

Updated 22 April 2018
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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.