Start-up of the week: Digital studio Tamawoj: A brilliant fusion of science and art

Rafal Jokhdar, Head of Social (left), Nouf Alhimiary, Head of Web, (Right).
Updated 08 May 2018
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Start-up of the week: Digital studio Tamawoj: A brilliant fusion of science and art

  • The independent studio is run by Nouf Alhimriary, who is the head of web, and Rafal Jokhdar, head of social
  • Tamawoj means ripple

Tamawoj is an independent digital studio based in Jeddah. It offers creative web, social and design solutions for clients around the world.

The independent studio is run by Nouf Alhimriary, who is the head of web, and Rafal Jokhdar, head of social.

“Social media is the most used source today. It’s a worldwide hub where people connect with friends, meet new people, get news or find out about cool new places to hang out in,” Jokhdar told Arab News.

“It’s the largest gathering space, market and news outlet, and is continuously expanding,” she added.

The studio was established in mid-2017. “Tamawoj is different because our main strength is realizing that technology is at the forefront of art today. Art and science are not separate in our work; our designers develop, and our developers design,” Alhimiary said when asked what makes their studio different from their counterparts.

“With our combined vision we create magical realities that showcase our youthful edge in today’s market,” she added.

She explained that Tamawoj means “Ripple” — a series of waves on the surface of water caused by a single drop.

“We wanted our name to reflect our influence. The drop is our creativity, and the ripple is the influence it has created,” said Alhimiary.

Jokhdar explained that Tamawoj is local, young and trendy. “We cater to each of our clients’ needs and help them achieve their goals while constantly being on trend, and recreating what’s new on the web,” said Jokhdar.

“As youths ourselves, we always try to help young, talented individuals as we give them a starting point in their careers: Whether it’s a client building a business or one of our employees to whom we give projects that are in line with their greatest skills to help them grow professionally.

“We love collaborations and love building our Tamawoj family,” she added.


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.