Winners of 9th Makkah Award for Excellence honored in Jeddah

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal addresses the 9th edition of the Makkah Award for Excellence ceremony in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Winners of 9th Makkah Award for Excellence honored in Jeddah

  • Ministry of Hajj and Umrah wins Award for Excellence in Hajj and Umrah Services for its e-track electronic system for domestic pilgrims.
  • King Abdullah Economic City won the award for Economic Excellence for contributing to providing a modern, international and socially progressive city.

JEDDAH: The recipients of the 9th Makkah Award for Excellence were honored by the region’s governor, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel. Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majid and a number of high-level officials also attended.

“This is an astronomical evening, so my words will be astrological,” said Prince Khaled in his opening speech. “Your highnesses, your excellencies, brothers and sisters, there is no distinctiveness without innovation, no innovation without creativity, and no creativity without culture and education. I congratulate the winners and thank the attendees for their presence.”

He presented the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah with the Excellence in Hajj and Umrah Services award for its e-track electronic system for the domestic pilgrims, and the media-awareness campaign “Hajj is Worship and Civilized Behavior,” which over the past few years has raised awareness among pilgrims and those who serve them about the importance of adhering to the laws and regulations of Hajj.

The award for Excellence in Management went to the Jeddah security patrols, while the Urbanism award was given to the Ministry of Finance’s construction department in Makkah.

The award for Social Excellence was shared by the Hadiyah Charity Association, for providing visitors to Makkah and Madinah with excellent services, and the Ministry of Interior’s 911 Unified Security Operations Center, for its rapid response and for contributing to raising security awareness, participating in various awareness campaigns, and supporting humanitarian services.

King Abdullah Economic City won the award for Economic Excellence for contributing to providing a modern, international and socially progressive city.

The Scientific and Technical award was shared by Makkah’s official Twitter account and the young Sami Al-Shaibani for his “Snap Security” initiative.

The Award for Humanitarian Excellence went to both the National Committee for Welfare of Prisoners, Ex-Inmates and their Families in the capital and in Jeddah Province.


Saudi crown prince ‘hopes’ investments with India will create many jobs

Updated 10 min 27 sec ago
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Saudi crown prince ‘hopes’ investments with India will create many jobs

  • Saudi Arabia expects investments in India to reach $100 billion in the next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince said on Wednesday that he hopes that investments with India will create many jobs.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said Saudi Arabia expects investments in India to reach $100 billion in the next two years.

The Crown Prince also said that there were many opportunities for India and Saudi Arabia and added that relations between the two countries were historic.

Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements.