Saudia allocates 7 flights for Hajjis from Doha to Jeddah

Updated 19 August 2017
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Saudia allocates 7 flights for Hajjis from Doha to Jeddah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has allocated seven Boeing 777-300 flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Doha to King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah from Aug. 22 to 25.
The return flights will be on Sept. 5 at the end of the pilgrimage.
Earlier, the SPA reported that the king approved a plan to reopen the Salwa border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the dispatch of a private aircraft from Saudia’s fleet to Doha to fly Qatari pilgrims to Jeddah.
Mohammed Al-Otaibi, director general of air transport at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), said that Saudia is preparing to operate specified flights after applying for the necessary permits from the Qatari authorities, adding that permits have not yet been received.
Al-Otaibi added that Qatari pilgrims who wish to travel via Dammam or Al-Ahsa airports will be transferred to scheduled Saudia flights.
“If necessary, they will take special flights,” he said, adding that “all these flights are at the expense of King Salman.”
The GACA has directed all its airports to provide the necessary assistance to the pilgrims in implementation of the royal order and the allocation of time slots required by Saudia flights coming from Doha for the Hajj season.

200,000 lighting units to illuminate Makkah
skies during Hajj
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has completed maintenance work through the city’s secretariat to illuminate Makkah skies during the Hajj season this year.
The ministry’s maintenance team has installed 200,000 lighting units in Makkah and the holy places and installed 950 electrical distribution panels with long ground cables.
The lighting maintenance in Makkah is supervised by a technical staff of engineers, supervisors and technicians, whose role is in the field of administration and follow-up on all aspects of the lighting network in the holy places.
The maintenance team inspects the lighting units and replaces damaged interior parts including lamps and wiring connecting the internal components. It also maintains electrical distribution boards, and constantly inspects panels to ensure that they continue working.
The team also makes field tours to check on these panels and repair sudden failures of panel components.


KSRelief launches new phases of rehabilitation program for 2,000 child soldiers in Yemen

Updated 22 June 2018
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KSRelief launches new phases of rehabilitation program for 2,000 child soldiers in Yemen

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre launched on Thursday the fifth and sixth phases of the rehabilitation program for children recruited by the Houthi militias and forced into the armed conflict.

The two phases aim to rehabilitate 80 child soldiers from different governorates of Yemen, Saudi press agency SPA reported.

The previous stages carried out by the center targeted the recruits from the governorates of Amran, Al-Jawf, Marib and other governorates, where they were rehabilitated and integrated into society.

The project aims to rehabilitate 2,000 child soldiers.