407,000 pilgrims leave Saudi Arabia after performing Hajj

Some pilgrims are going to Madinah to visit the Prophet’s Mosque before they leave for their home countries. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2017
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407,000 pilgrims leave Saudi Arabia after performing Hajj

JEDDAH: The number of pilgrims who have left the Kingdom reached more than 400,000 as of Saturday, the General Directorate of Passports said.
“The total departures were 407,220 pilgrims. Pilgrims who left via land crossings reached 42,893; 359,508 departed from airports and 4,819 through sea ports,” the directorate added.
The directorate told pilgrims that leaving before their Hajj visa expires after performing their pilgrimage “avoids penalties prescribed by law.” Pilgrims were also warned not to travel outside Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.
The directorate said companies providing services to pilgrims must not delay in reporting any pilgrims who overstay. “This delay may cause these companies to be subject to the prescribed penalties.”
The directorate has issued 90 administrative decisions against citizens and residents who transported pilgrims without a permit, with fines totaling SR5 million ($1,333,244). “The penalties varied between fines and prison sentences. It included deportation ... of the offender, and confiscation of the vehicle used to transport pilgrims.”


GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019
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GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: https://misk.org.sa/fellowship/services/live-nation/