Training center for Haj service providers to open in Jeddah

Updated 22 November 2013
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Training center for Haj service providers to open in Jeddah

The Ministry of Haj plans to establish a special training center in Jeddah for Haj and Umrah service providers, a ministry official said.
The center would provide special training for government officials and employees of private establishments so that they provide “excellent services for Haj and Umrah pilgrims,” said Muhammad Simsim, adviser to the Minister of Haj and supervisor of the training programs, on Thursday.
The center is being established in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Simsim said.
He said several establishments under the supervision of the ministry are responsible for transporting, accommodating and guiding pilgrims throughout their stay.
The ministry decided earlier this month to prioritize the training of all service providers, he said. “The ministry realizes that training is a vital factor in preparing a workforce capable of serving pilgrims in the most ideal manner,” he said.
The center would recruit highly qualified trainers and collaborate with experienced institutions in the Kingdom and abroad, he said.
Bandar Hajjar, the Haj minister, is committed to having a qualified workforce, combined with the latest technology, for the upcoming Haj season, the official said.
The ministry also views the training as an investment and essential measure to achieve qualitative improvements in administration and fieldwork. The ministry would collaborate with community colleges and universities. The training programs would include workshops, lectures and conferences, he said.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 21 April 2019
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.