Electronic services earmarked for remote areas

Updated 03 November 2012
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Electronic services earmarked for remote areas

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is currently in collaboration with Yusur Company to study the construction of digital booths to provide e-government services in villages and remote areas, an official source told Al-Madinah newspaper.
The source explained that the project aims to study the provision of booths fully equipped with the necessary apparatus that would facilitate connection to a high speed Internet connection — wired or via satellite, and secure delivery of e-government services uniformly in villages and remote areas.
He pointed out that if the outcome of the study concluded the importance of the implementation of the project, it would be implemented within the Universal Service Fund program or as an independent project. It may also be implemented through mail centers, and further study its provision through bank ATMs if they are available in those areas.
The idea came about due to the the lack of equipment and services to the people of those areas, in addition to weak infrastructure of those areas for broadband and 3G services. The lack of infrastructure makes access to electronic government services difficult or practically impossible.
This leads to the inability of a large segment of people to take advantage of these services and reluctantly having to travel to major cities in order to complete their transactions on their own.
This also reduces the expected value of e-government services in terms of being available to beneficiaries and that should not force them to come and go to government departments in person.
He added that some of the benefits of some government programs that provide aid or living subsidies to those areas, complain of the difficulty of access to such assistance due to lack of electronic government services in their areas and having to travel to major cities to use those services, which use up most of resources provided for them.


Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

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Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors to Madinah have high on their list of “must-sees.” It is connected to the Battle of the Trench, which took place during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque is located in the trench northwest of Madinah where the events of the Battle of the Trench took place.

A few years ago Saudi Arabian authorities expanded the mosque. It is built in a modern architectural style that highlights the aesthetic value of the area and the value of the trench, which is situated at the foot of Jabal Sal’a mountain.

Madinah’s battle of the trenches marked the consolidation of the Prophet’s tenure when he was faced with an attack on Madinah made by an alliance of Jewish and non-Muslim Arab tribes to unseat him.

The digging of the trench around the city saved the day and denied the effective use of cavalry in storming the city by 10,000 attackers who besieged Madinah for more than 30 days.

The Saudi Press Agency recently captured the daily influx of visitors to Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos show activity in Al-Khandaq Mosque and seven other mosques in its vicinity. The photographs are a reportage of activities ranging from praying and sightseeing to learning about the mosque’s history, and help put them into the context of the role played by the mosque and the city in spreading the values of Islam and its religious message.