Saudi government agencies present plans to serve pilgrims to Makkah governor

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal chairs a meeting of the Central Hajj Committee in Makkah on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 14 August 2017
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Saudi government agencies present plans to serve pilgrims to Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Government agencies which have been assigned the task of serving pilgrims presented their executive and operational plans for the current Hajj season to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Saturday.
The plans aim to provide the best services for pilgrims and facilitate their journeys.
The agencies presented their plans during a meeting of the Central Hajj Committee, which was held in the governorate office in Makkah, chaired by Prince Khaled.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah presented its executive plan for the current Hajj season which will be implemented by more than 95,000 employees, which included launching the voluntary program “Be Helpful,” developing the Unified Guidance Service through service and guidance centers around the Grand Mosque, and specifying the locations of field service offices.
The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque presented its plan, which will be implemented by around 10,000 employees, and which will include coordination with security agencies; facilitating the movement of pilgrims and worshippers in and out of the Holy Mosque; opening corridors inside the Holy Mosque; providing copies of the Holy Qur’an in Arabic as well as translated versions; providing guidance to female visitors; supervising the cleanliness of the holy mosque; providing carpets; and supplying cold Zamzam water in convenient places.
Makkah municipality presented its plan which will involve 23,000 employees. The municipality’s responsibilities include monitoring the hygiene of public places and testing foodstuff, and operating and maintaining roads, bridges and tunnels.
The Health Affairs Department in Makkah has also prepared for the current Hajj season by implementing health projects at a cost of more than SR12.7 million ($3,386,531). It also has prepared 4,000 beds in Makkah hospitals to receive urgent and intensive care cases, 128 temporary and permanent health centers, 39 field medical teams, and 100 ambulances to transport patients at the holy sites.
The Saudi Red Cross prepared around 1,245 permanent and temporary centers with vehicles, supported by more than 10,000 male and female paramedics and volunteers. Three air ambulances have also been provided.
Finally, the National Water Co. (NWC) announced that it would raise water supplies reaching Makkah to 18,150 million cubic meters, about 21 percent more than last year.

Hajj minister: Kingdom uses its full potential to serve pilgrims
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin affirmed that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has used and is using its full potential to serve pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.
He said that the directives of the Kingdom’s leadership to all ministries and sectors participating in the service of pilgrims is to provide the highest degree of comfort, tranquility and safety for all pilgrims without exception, including pilgrims from Iran and Qatar.

 


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”