MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

A Muslim pilgrim is seen taking a picture of his companion in Makkah during Hajj season. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 September 2017
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MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

JEDDAH: Two short films, “When You Don’t Know Where to Go, Head to Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashaer” have successfully embodied a vivid vision and a complete picture of the details of Muslims’ Hajj journey.
Unforgettable moments were documented by a young professional group of Saudis in creative footage through the support of the MiSK Foundation under the guidance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two films produced by MiSK on Makkah have generated a wide-ranging response and circulation on both TV channels and social media during the Hajj season.
The films were produced with new visual techniques and directing visions contrary to what viewers are used to seeing, in order to reflect a content that is presented for the first time during the Hajj season. They were accompanied with unprecedented media coverage during this Islamic event.
“When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashear,” highlight the greatness of this Islamic rite and conveyed the true image of Saudi Arabia’s efforts in different areas and through various agencies, government sectors and human cadres that served Muslim pilgrims.
The first film “Masher Al-Mashear,” — literally translates to feelings of the holy sites— addressed the mixed emotions and feelings of pilgrims during their presence in the holy sites to bring together the two meanings in one title, where it highlighted the meditative moments experienced by pilgrims throughout their spiritual journey.
The film involved high shots with a varied footage, whether aerial or on the ground, to take viewers on a virtual trip to the heart of the Hajj atmosphere with touching verses from the Holy Qur’an.

The second film titled “When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah” – an ancient name for Makkah — presents the entire pilgrimage in a quick presentation starting with the arrival of pilgrims in Makkah and then moving between the holy sites to complete the Hajj rituals.
In this film, hyperlapse — a technique in time-lapse photography that allows the photographer to create motion shots — was used for the first time to display footage from inside the Grand Mosque and holy sites.

Bakkah was filmed in eight different locations by 14 young Saudis who worked over 86 hours in seven working days to produce this film.
The success of these two films is an extension of MiSK’s role in supporting the creativity of Saudi youth and a confirmation of the ability of the country’s citizens to provide artistic content with international standards.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.