Saudi grand mufti praises MWL’s control of halal meat imports

MWL is performing its role to impose the Islamic halal slaughter. (SPA)
Updated 01 September 2018
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Saudi grand mufti praises MWL’s control of halal meat imports

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who is also the head of the Supreme Council of Scholars, praised the efforts of the Muslim World League (MWL) to unify Muslims, advocate for their cause and protect them, making sure that everyone is aware of the league’s blessed efforts and great achievements.

Al-Asheikh said: “The Muslim World League is performing its role to impose the Islamic halal slaughter, by making sure animals are slaughtered according to the halal standards and trusted mechanisms.”

MWL reaffirmed its commitment to applying the highest standards of halal slaughter. When issuing halal certificates, MWL adheres to regulations and standards set by the GCC Standardization Organization. 

MWL recently suspended several abattoirs and slaughter companies around the world for violating the rules of halal slaughter.

A royal decree gave the MWL sole responsibly for issuing halal certificates, in recognition of its international-relations expertise in coordinating and cooperating with local and international bodies, and having met Shariah requirements for producing, manufacturing and marketing halal products.

The Supreme Council of Scholars issued a fatwa through the Ifta permanent committee, presided over by Al-Asheikh, stating that the only authority responsible for imported slaughtered halal products is the MWL, as it represents the older Islamic organization working in the field of halal and foods and has an expertise of more than 30 years as well as partners, centers and offices around the world.

The MWL works on finalizing the largest center for halal in the world, as part of its headquarters in Makkah. 

The center’s functions include supervising slaughter and the production of halal goods, and issuing certificates, directly or through its offices and representatives abroad, according to the halal certification mechanism and international standards.

The center also issues certificates for selling halal goods, provides technical and Islamic consultancy services and introduces businesses to halal food.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.