Jabal Omar opens up in Makkah to take visitors on a journey deep into history

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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 29 May 2018
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Jabal Omar opens up in Makkah to take visitors on a journey deep into history

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah.
The project which is a celebration of heritage and culture was organized in cooperation with the Holy city’s heritage and cultural authority to promote adjacent neighborhood to the Haram where millions visit during their Hajj or Umrah religious visits to the city.
The Director of the Holy city’s Authority for Tourism and National Heritage Dr. Faisal bin Mohammed Al-Sharif said that “the Jabal Omar festival is a cultural event that celebrates local heritage in the historic Al-Khalil market one of the oldest markets adjacent to the Holy Mosque.”
Al Sharif said to the Saudi press agency that the main objectives of the project and festival is to expose locals and visitors to local crafts, and local produce, and Makkan folklore through alive in the area for many centuries. The project set aside stalls spaces and shops for the festival.
The Tourism and National Heritage Authority said it aims to present Makkah visitors with seven activities that reflect the rich culture and history of the area. This starts with listening to the ‘Hakawati’ or the story teller and his tales of the city and is considered its living memory. Then the visitor will go through the history of the city told in a photographic exhibition. The heritage museum is not far from the quarter for those interested in history of the area. Local art galleries, markets, the old bazaar and food stoles selling local delicacies round up your visit in Jabal Omar.


Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

Updated 20 September 2018
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Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently organized a workshop for the development of the administrative and operating systems for supervisors and public operators of pilgrims’ transportation.
The workshop, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah, was under the patronage of the Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten and was inaugurated by his Deputy Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat.
Sectors working in the transportation of pilgrims as well as international and local experts on crowd management and public transportation systems took part.
The event formed part of the Ministry’s initiatives in the National Transformation program 2020. It discussed the challenges facing supervisors and operators in the transportation of pilgrims and made recommendations on how to overcome challenges and improve the administrative and operating systems in cooperation with the whole Hajj services system. It also showcased the best international practice in public transportation.
Included was a briefing on the monitoring of initiatives by the Vision 2030 Achievement Office as well as presentations on the work of the Ministry’s pilgrims’ transportation agency, future projects, the urgent projects that were put in place for the last Hajj season and a detailed explanation of National Transformation initiatives. Those who attended the workshop also had the opportunity to learn about the technology the agency uses in its operations.