Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

More than 2 million pilgrims have been in Saudi Arabia performing the Hajj rituals. AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Updated 21 August 2018
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Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

  • Pilgrims praise the organization of the Hajj ritual areas
  • Millions pass through relatively small areas to perform the rituals

ARAFAT: Pilgrims from around the world have expressed their gratitude for the services provided to them by the Saudi authorities, and praised the quality.
“Despite the small size of the holy sites area and the massive gatherings of pilgrims coming yearly to this place, Saudi Arabia has succeeded in managing the huge crowds,” said Jihad Obaid, an Iraqi pilgrim performing Hajj for the first time. The only thing he does not like is the hot weather, but the water sprinklers installed along the way have been a great help, he added.
“These sprinklers reflect how caring the Saudi government is,” he said. “We all know that man can’t control weather challenges, but the preparations made to protect pilgrims is a sign of the great efforts to help pilgrims carry out their rituals comfortably.”
Mas’ood BuHadji, from Algeria, thanked the security guards for the work they do for pilgrims.
“I would like to extend my thanks and appreciations to the security men who spare no effort in assisting the pilgrims to easily complete their rituals,” he said. “Although I am not Saudi, I feel proud of these Muslim security men, whose job here is not only to secure pilgrims a safe Hajj, but also offer them bottles of cold water.
“Hajj is now easier than ever; the Jamarat Bridge, the services and everything.”


Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

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Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

Saudi Arabia is committed to achieving sustainable development, and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans fall in line with the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN.

In his address to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, Al-Mouallimi said that this year’s focus on empowerment, justice, comprehensiveness, and expertise exchange and capacity building would have a great impact on achieving the objectives of the sustainable development agenda and on overcoming the obstacles to a more inclusive and just world.

Al-Mouallimi stressed the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to create jobs through strategic initiatives and giant projects, and its great achievement in integrating its financial market to the indexes of international emerging markets, and to the UN initiatives for sustainable markets.

With regards to the environment, Al-Mouallimi pointed out that the Kingdom continues to strengthen its measures on climate change, toward the full implementation of the Paris Convention. In addition, it continues its cooperation with other GCC countries to meet global, environmental, and climatic challenges related to fossil fuel uses.

Al-Mouallimi noted that the Quality of Life Program 2020 continues to progress. The number of Saudi citizens over the age of 15 has increased by 50 percent in 2018. In addition, and as part of its commitment to the principle of inclusiveness and social diversity, a special residence system was established for non-Saudis to enable them to live with their families and to go about their work with ease.