TheFace: Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman, board member of General Entertainment Authority

Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 17 August 2018
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TheFace: Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman, board member of General Entertainment Authority

  • In 2011, Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman was awarded the title of the fifth most powerful woman in the Arab world

Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman is a board member of General Entertainment Authority and board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has a Ph.D. in health and nutrition from King’s College of London.
She was the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be elected as a board member of the chamber of commerce in 2005, and was re-elected deputy chairwoman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in December 2009, becoming the first female to hold such a post in Saudi history; she is also the first woman to join the Committee on Entertaining.
In 2011, she was awarded the title of the fifth most powerful woman in the Arab world, in a list compiled by Arabian businesses, and she was a board member of Club Med in France. She heads the Saudi delegation at the ILO, where she represents the private sector.
Al-Sulaiman is also a board member and business developer at Rolaco Holdings, a board member of Foras Investment in Saudi Arabia, and a member of Coutts advisory board.
She is a board member of the Khadijah Bint Khuwailed Lobbying Center for Women, and a member of the Ministry of Labor advisory board on women’s issues.
Al-Sulaiman is a Fellow of the third class of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a guest expert at UN Women.
She is a member of the King’s College philanthropic board, and board member of the Society of Majid bin Abdul Aziz for Development and Social Services.


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.