Deal to localize renewable energy technologies signed

Officials of Um Al-Qura University and King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) sign deal to localize renewable energy technologies at the holy sites. (SPA)
Updated 30 July 2017
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Deal to localize renewable energy technologies signed

RIYADH: Um Al-Qura University and King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to localize renewable energy technologies at the holy sites, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Rector of Um Al-Qura University Bakri Assas and Deputy President of KACARE Walid Abu Al-Faraj signed the deal for their respective parties at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel.
He said the institute is honored to cooperate with all parties related to the study and promotion of Hajj and Umrah services in line with the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and Vision 2030.
The memorandum aims for the optimal use of renewable energy technologies to serve pilgrims at the Grand Mosque through the initiative of localizing renewable energy technologies. This initiative is in line with Vision 2030 aims to provide services to more than 5 million pilgrims by 2030, he pointed out.
He commended the cooperation demonstrated by Um Al-Qura University to implement items contained in the memorandum which will be applied in the current Hajj season. 


Food trucks serve in holy places for first time

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Food trucks serve in holy places for first time

  • About 45 food trucks were given permit to roam the holy places to offer food, drinks and desserts to pilgrims
  • Only Saudi citizens are allowed to work in these food trucks

 

MINA: Food trucks run by Saudi men and women have begun for the first time to serve food and drinks in the holy places.

This was after Deputy Makkah Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar directed the Secretariat of the Holy Capital to allow local entrepreneurs to provide their services inside the holy places during the current Hajj season.

Unlike the old fixed food stalls, about 45 food trucks have begun roaming the holy places to offer food, drinks and desserts to pilgrims. They also serve ice cream to help people cope with the heat, as well as different kinds of sandwiches.

The Secretariat of the Holy Capital confirmed that all food trucks in Arafat comply with health requirements, with every food truck manager carrying health certificates that allow them to carry out their activities.

The Secretariat highlighted that only Saudi citizens are allowed to work in these food trucks.

Afaf Abdul Aziz, one of the women serving hot drinks, said that she was pleased that the governor of Makkah had allowed women to work in the holy places.

She added: “The job is hard but truly fun. I wanted to prove that Saudi women can work in all occupations and contribute to serving pilgrims.”

She said that most of her customers were Saudis or from Arabian Gulf countries, most of whom worked in providing Hajj services.

“I have seen many Saudi women working in hospitals, health care centers, and Tawafa establishments, which makes me content,” she said.

Arif Obaid said that he worked in a food truck and served hot drinks, especially coffee, highlighting that many security men visited his truck for all kinds of coffee, especially Arabic coffee, which is in high demand. “Most of our goods go to charity work targeting pilgrims,” he said.

The Secretariat of the Holy Capital has announced accepting applications from Saudi men and women who wish to practice this activity in the holy places during the current Hajj season according to a set of standards and controls. 

The most important of these is ensuring the safety of nourishments served to pilgrims and that the applicant has a health certificate proving that she/he is free of contagious or infectious diseases.