Saudi Haj minister discusses development of services for pilgrims

Haj and Umrah Minister Mohammed Salih Bentin chairs a meeting with officials of the ministry to discuss preparations for the Haj season in Jeddah. (SPA file photo)
Updated 17 July 2017
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Saudi Haj minister discusses development of services for pilgrims

MADINAH: Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammed Salih bin Taher Bentin continued inspection rounds and field visits, as well as preparatory meetings with the board of directors for Tawafa owners in preparation for the coming Haj season.
The minister visited the headquarters of the Establishment of Motawifs of Pilgrims of Turkey, Muslims of Europe, US and Australia and the National Tawafa Establishment for South Asian Pilgrims in Makkah. The visit aimed to check on the programs and operational plans of the institutions for this Haj season.
Bentin discussed the services offered to pilgrims, including grouping, transport, climbing Arafat mountain, housing and meals.
The minister stressed the importance of providing services that reflect the great care and attention the government of King Salman gives to pilgrims. Bentin also emphasized the importance of enhancing cooperation between the different parties offering Haj services.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.