18 judicial panels, six mobile notaries to serve Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

An aerial view shows Muslim pilgrims gathering on Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal Al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on Arafat Day which is the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 12 August 2018
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18 judicial panels, six mobile notaries to serve Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Justice Ministry has announced that it has set up 18 judicial panels and six mobile notaries across Makkah, Mina, and Arafat, as part of its preparation to serve pilgrims in this year’s Hajj season.
“The ministry uses all its resources to provide legal services during the pilgrimage season, to which the Kingdom attaches great importance. We are privileged to serve pilgrims during their holy journey,” said Hamad Al-Khudairi, head of the Hajj committee in the ministry.
“Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani has urged the assigned panels to get ready early in order to fulfill all legal and security procedures within the integrated system of various government agencies serving the pilgrims,” Al-Khudairi said.
The ministry has enhanced all its judicial panels, spread throughout the holy sites, with qualified staff to facilitate the work and decide on the urgent cases of pilgrims, he said.
The ministry has also been keen to provide mobile units to serve pilgrims wherever they may be during the Hajj journey, paying special attention to those with special needs and the elderly, he added.
“Mobile notarial services will be extended to pilgrims, those serving them, such as paramedics and security forces; and everyone in the holy places,” Al-Khudairi explained. “The assigned staff will go to the person in need of service at his or her exact location, whether it is an ambulance, a hospital, or otherwise.”


PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019
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PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.