Saudi Ministry to discuss gender equality, women’s participation in civil services

Updated 25 September 2017
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Saudi Ministry to discuss gender equality, women’s participation in civil services

RIYADH: A workshop on achieving gender equality in the civil service will be organized on Monday by the Ministry of Civil Service in cooperation with the UN team located in the Kingdom.
Deputy Minister of Civil Service Abdullah bin Ali Al-Malfi will inaugurate the workshop that will be held in the main hall of the UN building in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh.
The workshop will discuss a number of themes such as the current status of women’s participation in civil service and international experiences in gender equality in public service.
It will also discuss the obstacles and challenges facing gender equality in civil service in Saudi Arabia, and data and information required to activate the project.
The workshop aims to make use of the proposals from the current civil service system, the elements of the project, its requirements and challenges, and the supporting legislative and regulatory frameworks.
Policies and practices of gender equality, legislative and regulatory frameworks for the project, and women and leadership positions in civil service will also be discussed during the workshop.
Gender equality in the civil service is one of the projects the ministry will launch within its projects in order to achieve the goals of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
The project has a great significance in view of the importance of integrating roles between women and men to build a cohesive and dynamic society capable of keeping abreast of developments surrounding it and providing the foundations for a decent life.


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.