First all-women media team to be set up in Saudi Arabia

Role of women serving at the Two Holy Mosques to be highlighted. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2018
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First all-women media team to be set up in Saudi Arabia

  • The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced the move

MAKKAH: The first female media and public relations company in the Kingdom’s history has been set up with the aim of highlighting the role of women in serving the Two Holy Mosques.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced the move.
Dr. Mohammed Hindiya, head of the media department at Umm Al-Qura University, said: “It is a great step we have been longing for for so long since half the pilgrims are female. This is a good reason to establish this completely independent department to highlight the role of women in Islam and the services they provide in serving pilgrims.”
Dr. Salem Arija, director general of public relations and media department at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, said they wanted to highlight the important role Saudi women play in serving the Two Holy Mosques. 
“This initiative stems out of our deep belief in its pivotal role in serving pilgrims,” he added.
Dr. Arija underlined that the pioneering step aims to empower women in various media fields. “It is a vital role that will highlight the leading role of women in serving pilgrims and achieve the objectives of providing the best services in the field of media and public relations,” he said.
The female appointees will be highly qualified and multilingual so that they are able to serve pilgrims from inside and outside the country.
“Some of the duties assigned to this specialized department include receiving media delegations from abroad, communicating with women’s media outlets, (they will need to) provide proper media and journalistic content in several languages,” explained Dr. Arija.
Dr. Hindya noted that the establishment of this type of media department requires concerted efforts to be successful, stressing that the Umm Al-Qura university was the first university to have a department dedicated to public relations. 
“This would give a varying image of media in Makkah, especially that both Makkah and Medinah abound with rich historical heritage, in which women have played prominent roles, some of which have been documented, while others have not been properly covered,” he said.


UNHCR praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts for refugees

Updated 25 September 2018
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UNHCR praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts for refugees

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s approach to refugees is a model of linking Islamic values and humanitarian action, a UN official said on Monday.
Khaled Khalifa, the UN Refugee Agency’s Regional Representative to the GCC Countries, used the Kingdom’s 88th National Day to outline several humanitarian achievements in the country, SPA reported.
Saudi Arabia has contributed more than SR1 billion ($270 million) in the last 10 years to UNHCR, Khalifa said.
This year, Saudi Arabia’s total contribution to UNHCR’s programs totalled SR216 million, making the Kingdom among the top donors in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Khalifa said that the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSRelief) is one of the most important partners of UNHCR, which has provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world during the current year, providing basic relief materials for internally displaced people in Yemen, and emergency support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Also, earlier this month KSRelief has provided direct life-saving assistance to Syrian refugees suffering from kidney failure, by allowing hundreds to receive treatment in Jordan and Lebanon.