Saudi entrepreneurs win trip to Berlin to pitch their ideas

Speakers and members of the jury at the Saudi-German start-up competition in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 25 March 2018
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Saudi entrepreneurs win trip to Berlin to pitch their ideas

RIYADH: Entrepreneurs from two Saudi start-ups will travel to Germany in April to pitch their ideas to potential investors after they won a competition in Riyadh on Saturday.

Ten finalists competed to win the trip to Berlin. They had two minutes to present their business ideas to the German-Saudi business community and a jury of experts, followed by two minutes of follow-up questions.

The winners were Labayh, from Madinah, a project that helps people suffering from family and psychological problems with a mobile app that connects consultants and users; and Lucidya, from Jeddah, a company that aims to help businesses to make smarter decisions by using artificial intelligence and big data.

The start-up competition was organized by the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs and attended by Princess Joharah bint Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud as guest of honor. 

“We will bring the two winning start-ups to Berlin to showcase promising Saudi start-ups at a very interesting conference, the MENA Business Forum,” Oliver Oehms, delegate of German Industry and Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, told Arab News.

“Small and medium-sized companies and innovative business ideas are the key drivers of the German economy and a growing sector in Saudi Arabia.”

Dieter Haller, the German ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “The Saudi start-up sector is as vital and dynamic as any in Saudi society. We thought we should bring the Saudi and the German start-up scenes together, and one of the most fertile places for start-ups in Berlin.

“I am so happy that the two winning start-ups will be invited to this important conference in Berlin.”

The MENA Business Forum in Berlin is being organized by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the German Chambers of Commerce from the Middle East and North Africa.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.