Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the event to mark 10 years since the founding of the society. (SPA)
Updated 30 May 2018
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Saudi Society for Physically Disabled Adults served 120,000 in last decade

  • Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Monday, patronized a celebration to mark 10 years since the founding of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia).

The ceremony, attended by board members, dignitaries, supporters and guests, began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. 

This was followed by a speech from Harakia Chairman Nasser bin Mohamed Al-Mutawa, who thanked Prince Sultan for patronizing the ceremony.

Al-Mutawa highlighted Prince Sultan’s support for people with special needs, and said Harakia has over the last 10 years carried out programs and services benefiting more than 120,000 physically disabled people nationwide, at a cost of more than SR90 million ($24 million). 

Harakia has signed agreements with hospitals, universities and training institutes, established a fixed and mobile workshop for maintaining wheelchairs, and received many awards, he added.

In his speech, Prince Sultan hailed King Salman for his support of people with special needs, following in the footsteps of the Kingdom’s founders. 


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.