Database on projects planned

Updated 23 August 2013

Database on projects planned

The Council of Ministers’ Board of Experts has directed the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to create a database for contractors that should include details of projects that have been executed or that are still under construction, as well as those that are delayed, said a source.
The directions included reviewing the categorization of the contractor according to information available about him. The ministry must then implement measures, added the source.
The ministry must put in place a defined mechanism for the application of penalties stipulated in the categorization system of the contractors, to be imposed either on the main contractor or the sub-contractor if a contract exists without the authorization of the original owner of the project.
The Board of Experts said the database should be created with the coordination of the Saudi Council of Chambers and the e-government program Yesser prior to linking it with the unified national database on government projects.
Abdullah Radwan, head of the contractors committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the Cabinet wants to know the reasons for the distressed projects or the delays in implementing them.
The Cabinet formed a committee in this regard, he added, questioning whether it is the government, the system, or the contractors that are behind such delayed projects. “The whole picture will unfold once information becomes available,” he said.
Omar Al-Ghamdi, general manager of Rawah Real Estate Establishment, said the database would contribute to finding solutions for the main obstacles facing the implementation of government projects. “The application of penalties will positively be reflected on the level and quality of implementing the government projects,” said Al-Ghamdi.
Nabil Abass, representative of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries, estimated the delayed claims of the contractors incurred on government bodies to be worth more than SR100 billion, about 30 percent of the total volume of the projects.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.