MiSK launches new initiative to promote good social practices in Ramadan

File Photo Showing a street market in Riyadh (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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MiSK launches new initiative to promote good social practices in Ramadan

  • The project is the first in a series of initiatives to promote noble values known to Saudis. 
  • The project will produce video clips that highlight and explain a holy verse and how it applies to a person's daily routine. 

LONDON: The MiSK Foundation has launched a new initiative calling on Saudi Arabian citizens and residents to uphold good behaviour and practice in society during the holy month of Ramadan.

The not-for-profit organization, founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011, launched "Misk Al-Qiyam" in order to promote 'good practices' during Ramadan and beyond.

The "Aya Wa Qeemah" — or "A Verse and its Value" — project is the first in a series of initiatives to promote noble values known to Saudis. 

The project will work to produce video clips that highlight and explain a holy verse and how it applies to a person's daily routine. 

The clips will be broadcast throughout Ramadan on a number of media outlets and social media platforms. 

The launch of this initiative reflects the belief to try and underpin society with good practices and values as part of promoting a better society in keeping with Vision 2030. 

Many of the clips will seek to remind people of basic tenets of religion which call for better human interaction, as well as raising awareness about patriotism, national questions as well as means to protect the environment, empower youth and promote productivity and positivity in society. 

MiSK has promised to launch more initiatives with "Misk al-Qiyam", stating the importance of values in influencing good behaviour among people in the community.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.