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.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.