King Abdulaziz International Airport adopts operation plan for Hajj season 

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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
Updated 09 July 2018
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King Abdulaziz International Airport adopts operation plan for Hajj season 

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s third-largest. 
  • Around 2.98 million Hajj pilgrims are expected to arrive and depart through KAIA this year.

JEDDAH: Officials at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah held a meeting on Sunday to oversee the operational plans for this year’s Hajj season, due to begin next month. 

The airport’s general director, Essam Nour, met with government sectors operating at the airport to discuss those plans, a report by Asharq al-Awsat has said. 

Nour said huge achievements had been witnessed during the past Umrah season, where more than 9 million Umrah pilgrims have been coming and departing the airport, starting from the month of Muharram (Sept. 21, 2017) until the tenth of Shawwal (June 24, 2018), via 30,000 air flights.     

He spoke about this year’s operational plan during Hajj season, which will be implemented under the supervision of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), as well as other government and civil institutions. 

The plan, Nour explained, aims to ensure the comfort of all pilgrims as well as their safety, starting from their arrival in Jeddah until they board their return flights. 

KAIA, located 19 km to the north of downtown Jeddah, is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s third largest. 

The portal, which receives the majority of pilgrims coming via air travel, has been preparing to welcome its guests as soon as they touch down in Jeddah.

Nour said this operational plan is set to begin on August 15. He said the number of pilgrims arriving and departing through the airport is expected to reach around 2.98 million.

 


KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 December 2018
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KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

  • The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields

JEDDAH: The Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mauritania’s Islamic Affairs Ministry to increase cooperation in different fields and to promote the concepts of moderation in Islam.
The MoU was signed between Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh.
The MoU included nine main articles. It envisages cooperation in introducing Islam and its position on contemporary issues, serving the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, and cooperation in mosque affairs, their construction and maintenance.
In addition to that, the two sides will work under this MoU to adopt and propose programs to explain and promote concepts of moderation in Islam and assist the progress and advancement of Muslim nation in various fields.
The two sides will also share information, coordinate their efforts during international events, and cooperate in preparing studies and conducting research related to protecting, reviving and spreading Islamic heritage.
The MoU also stated that the two sides shall encourage the exchange of visits at various levels, participate in Islamic seminars and conferences held in both countries, and form a joint committee for the implementation of the MoU’s content.
The MoU concluded that the Hijri date is to be used in all correspondence between the two sides. The MoU shall enter into force on the date of its signature between the two sides and it shall be implemented within five years and will be automatically renewed for the similar duration unless one side informs the other that they wish to amend or terminate it.
Al-Asheikh said: “This memorandum of understanding comes under the guidance of King Salman and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in the framework of the distinguished historical relations between the two countries, especially in serving Islam and Muslims.”
He referred to what has been achieved through Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Mauritania, which was the first visit of a senior Saudi official to Mauritania in four decades to strengthen relations between the two countries to unprecedented levels.
Al-Asheikh pointed out that the MoU will promote joint cooperation in various fields.
The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields.
He also praised the articles of the MoU, which he described as important and historical.