Saudi Arabia welcomes Qatari Hajj pilgrims

This file photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows a general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia welcomes Qatari Hajj pilgrims

  • The arrival and departure of Qatari pilgrims will take place via King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah
  • The ministry affirmed the Saudi government welcomes pilgrims of different nationalities

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it welcomes the arrival of Qatari pilgrims this year.
Qataris, who wish to perform Hajj can register via a link on the ministry’s website, http://qh.haj.gov.sa.
“The arrival and departure of Qatari pilgrims will take place via King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah… through any airlines except Qatar Airways,” the ministry said.
The special link has been set up due to a lack of cooperation on the part of the office of the affairs of pilgrims in Qatar with the parties concerned in finalizing arrangements for pilgrims.
Qatari pilgrims can use the link to make arrangements for accommodation, transportation and food in Makkah and Madinah.
The ministry affirmed the Saudi government welcomes pilgrims of different nationalities, sects and races from all over the world.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE — collectively known as the Anti-Terror Quartet — insist that Qatar must comply with 13 point list of demands to refrain from supporting and sponsoring terror and stop interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.


Finance chiefs meet to map out Kingdom’s budget plans

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Finance chiefs meet to map out Kingdom’s budget plans

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.