Transport sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah makes preparations for Hajj

Deputy Transportation Affairs Minister Bassam bin Ahmed Ghulman met with members of the Transport Sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. (Spa)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Transport sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah makes preparations for Hajj

  • The meeting was attended by coordinating councils for trips from Makkah and the Makkah Development Authority at the ministry headquarters.
  • Several approved projects were discussed during the meeting, including the expansion of bridge 62 Souq Al Arab over Wadi Arna, west of Arafat, and linking it to the existing northern pedestrian route No. 6.

RIYADH: Deputy Transportation Affairs Minister Bassam bin Ahmed Ghulman met with members of the Transport Sector in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

The meeting was attended by coordinating councils for trips from Makkah and the Makkah Development Authority at the ministry headquarters.

Ghulman said the meeting comes within the Ministry’s preparations for the Hajj season in line with its vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.

Several approved projects were discussed during the meeting, including the expansion of bridge 62 Souq Al Arab over Wadi Arna, west of Arafat, and linking it to the existing northern pedestrian route No. 6.

In addition to expanding road bridge 56 Al Jawhara over Wadi Arna, west Arafat and linking it to the existing southern pedestrian route No. 1.

And establishing an overpass and four slopes at the Muzdalifah, along with extending the emergency road in Muzdalifah and add more links to pedestrian bridges.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.