Transgender surgery procedure set forth

Updated 02 May 2014

Transgender surgery procedure set forth

The Ministry of Health will determine which transgender patients are eligible for gender reassignment surgery (GRS), said a recent ministry circular.
Decisions will be made according to the recommendations of a specialized medical team after referral to both the health and justice ministers if there are family disputes over the matter.
“The cases that require medical procedures will be carried out only after consent of both parties,” said the circular.
A committee comprising members of the health sector, the Saudi Jurisprudence Society and the Health and Justice Ministries was recently formed to study the issue of such surgeries at any age.
Authorities such as the Health Ministry and Council of Health Services must be notified in these cases.
In addition, a national registry will be established through the introduction of a single official form and health practitioners dealing with these patients in both the private and public health sectors should be notified of pending surgeries.
Medical and clinical tests will then be conducted, after which a report will be issued and reviewed by three consultants in different specialties for individual recommendation.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.