Jeddah rioters being investigated

Updated 14 January 2014
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Jeddah rioters being investigated

The Al-Kandarah police station in Jeddah has launched an investigation into the cases of 20 expatriates of Ethiopian and Pakistani descent who were arrested for instigating the riots that recently took place in Jeddah.
The riots, which led to the closure of Al-Sitteen Street in Jeddah, started when several illegal expatriates took to the streets with staffs and sticks, obstructing traffic and vandalizing cars.
The rioters have been charged with violating the Kingdom’s laws, which prohibit gathering without prior government permission. The illegal expatriates were also arrested for possession of sharp objects and assaulting citizens and residents.
Investigations are set to take place prior to the transfer of their files to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.
Ethiopians residing in Jeddah, meanwhile, denounced the conduct of their fellow nationals who violated the Kingdom’s labor laws, characterizing their behavior as unacceptable.
“The Kingdom has hosted them and their families and has allowed them to live with dignity; their behavior is intolerable. The Kingdom has the right to regulate its labor market and to maintain its security just like any other country,” said Yousif Bajazi, an Ethiopian expatriate living in Jeddah.
Mousa Dardeir, another Ethiopian expatriate, said: “The Kingdom gave expatriates sufficient time to correct their status so they should have taken advantage of the amnesty period. This is no way to react to their situation.”
Reporters from the local media met with some of the arrested rioters who expressed their regret.
Mohammed Hassan, one of the expatriates who was arrested for his involvement in the riots, said he took to the streets thinking it would accelerate his repatriation home.
Hassan called on members of his community to respect the Kingdom’s laws and not get carried away with the behavior of other lawless individuals.
“I saw some expatriates carrying sticks and standing in the streets and they told me this would speed up their return home, so I joined them. I didn’t realize the situation would deteriorate to that level. I have made matters worse for myself now,” said Ishtiyaq Hussein, another arrested expatriate.
The Northern Province police station said 75 rioters have been referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution. The demonstrations in Al-Azeziyah damaged 14 vehicles and caused numerous injuries.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.