Amenities provided for pilgrims on Arafat

Pilgrims performing the Hajj rituals continue, despite the sweltering heat. (SPA)
Updated 21 August 2018
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Amenities provided for pilgrims on Arafat

  • There are 2.4 million pilgrims performing the Hajj pilgrimage
  • With temperatures soaring into the high 40s, it is essential to keep hydrated

ARAFAT: On the most important day of Hajj, pilgrims flocked to Mount Arafat, but the high summer temperatures were a hindrance to those wanting to perform their religious obligation as Muslims.
But various organizations stepped in to help, providing help to pilgrims on Arafat. Umbrellas were distributed to provide shade and avoid heat stroke, there was also cold water to quench pilgrims’ thirst, as well as food and drink.
Copies of the Qur’an have also been distributed to help pilgrims perform an Islamic ritual that abolishes worshippers’ sins.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.