Pilgrims greeted with flowers, sweets — and health advice

Airport officials present flowers to the European Hajj pilgrims, as they arrive at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport on late Friday. (SPA)
Updated 29 July 2018
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Pilgrims greeted with flowers, sweets — and health advice

  • More than 200 applications to perform Hajj this year have been received by the Saudi Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg
  • The center also follows up complaints of sickness, as well as chronic disease, to make sure patients are in good health

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia welcomed the first of this year’s international Hajj pilgrims by air and sea on Friday.

A flight carrying pilgrims from the UK city of Manchester arrived at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport — the Kingdom’s main gateway for worshippers arriving by air — while two ships carrying pilgrims from Sudan docked at Jeddah Islamic Port.
The airport arrivals were greeted by the commander of the Hajj Passports Force, Col. Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Yusuf, and Barrie Peach, the British consul general in Jeddah.
Peach praised efforts by the Saudi authorities to ensure that the Hajj experience is as simple and smooth as possible, with a range of projects in Makkah and Madinah and other holy sites. He thanked the Kingdom for welcoming the pilgrims with flowers and sweets.
More than 2,300 Sudanese pilgrims arrived on two ships, the Mouda and the Nour. Staff from the port’s health center checked that the worshippers had the required health certificates, including vaccination against meningitis and yellow fever, in line with the ministry’s instructions.
Dr. Nashwan Abdullah, director of the center, said that vaccinations are provided for those who need them, and special health treatment is offered to pregnant women, the elderly and children.
Pilgrims are also offered first-aid kits, information booklets and umbrellas.
Abdullah said that processing the first group of pilgrims went smoothly thanks to the efforts of medical and support teams. The center has 115 teams, which include doctors and technicians.
In addition to carrying out health checks, medical staff provide urgently needed medication. Medical equipment is available to treat emergency cases among pilgrims and port workers.
The center also follows up complaints of sickness, as well as chronic disease, to make sure patients are in good health. Urgent cases are also reviewed, while people needing additional or more complex medical treatment are referred to hospitals in Jeddah.
Meanwhile, more than 200 applications to perform Hajj this year have been received by the Saudi Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg.
The consular section of the embassy is processing the applications in accordance with the directives of tKing Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

Updated 14 December 2018
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Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: A horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the E-Prix event being held at the Ad Diriyah UNESCO world heritage site near the capital Riyadh.
The event, which culminates Saturday with Formula E Championship street racing, is the first of its kind to be held in the region. 
It brings together world class entertainment — from artists including David Guetta and Amr Diab — and cultural activities.



“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”
People in the VIP Hospitality Section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.
“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”
The family zone also featured an area dedicated to local artisans and vendors, with everything from traditional food to handmade soap and clothing on display. The Al Bujairi section hosts exhibitions and live music.