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.

 


King Salman approves health care programs

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Updated 16 July 2018
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King Salman approves health care programs

  • Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities
  • The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure

JEDDAH: King Salman on Sunday approved the implementation of an electronic sick-leave system, and directed relevant authorities to coordinate with the Civil Service Ministry in case of any amendments to the terms for granting sick leave.
He also approved a program to train Saudi professionals in clinical coding. The Saudi Health Council and the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) are cooperating to implement the training program, whose aim is to encourage the private health sector to hire the program’s graduates by leveraging the funding provided by Hadaf.
The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure. The Health Ministry’s General Directorate of Licenses will establish an electronic network linked to the licensing system of the Clinical Coding Department at the National Center for Health Information.
The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance will work with the Saudi Health Council to develop controls and find ways to employ graduates at private health care institutions.
Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities.
This initiative is part of the Saudi Health Council’s efforts to contribute to achieving the Vision 2030 reform plan, whose objectives include the Saudization of certain professions that are vital for the national economy.