DiplomaticQuarter: Egyptian Embassy celebrates National Day in style

Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy cutting cake with Riyadh Acting Governor Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
Updated 11 July 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Egyptian Embassy celebrates National Day in style

  • Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy said that the 66th anniversary celebrated a turning point in the history of modern Egypt

The Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh celebrated their National Day with an invited audience of VIP guests, including a member of the royal family, senior diplomats and business leaders.

Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of Riyadh, represented the Saudi government at theNational Day celebrations on Tuesday night at the Egyption Embassy.

The ceremony was also attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom and members of the Egyptian community in the Kingdom.

Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy said that the 66th anniversary celebrated a turning point in the history of modern Egypt. 

It was “an expression of our people’s aspiration for independence, which redefined the Egyptian foreign policy and relations with the Arab world, African countries and with the Islamic world, which is very much valued even today by the Egyptian state under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi,” he said. 

He added that Egypt seeks to strengthen its relationship with all these friendly countries, considering it as pillar of growth.

Hamdy said: “I would like to refer to the ongoing cordial and prosperous Egyptian-Saudi brotherhood under the visionary leadership of King Salman and President El-Sisi.”

He added that the leaders of the two countries are acting as the safety valve for the Arab region against internal and external threats and that the two countries will continue to remain united in the interest of the Arab and Islamic nations.

“The first foreign visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after being appointed crown prince last June, was to Egypt. The visit resulted in the signing of economic agreements and memoranda of cooperation aimed at consolidating the partnership between the two brotherly countries for the benefit of the Egyptian and Saudi people,” he added.

Egyptian nationals are the largest Arab expatriate group in Saudi Arabia, representing about 40 percent of the Arab expatriates working in the Kingdom.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.