Saudi Arabia’s Interior minister officiates ceremony for prisons plan

The initiative aims to promote security and build a strong rehabilitation system for prisoners. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Interior minister officiates ceremony for prisons plan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif announced a strategic plan for the General Directorate of Prisons, during a ceremony held at the Jeddah correctional prison.
The minister was received by the deputy governor of Makkah, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, and the general director of prisons, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Asmari.
Al-Asmari, in an address to the gathering, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their unlimited support toward the directorate and all other security sectors, adding that the prisons’ plan was to promote security and build a strong rehabilitation system for inmates.
After watching a documentary that showcased the prisons’ strategic plan and its components, Prince Abdul Aziz launched several initiatives, including the “Thiqa” (Trust) program — for rehabilitating inmates who still have to serve six months in prison — and the business centers’ initiative to facilitate procedures for inmates charged with defaulting on financial claims. AN Jeddah
Additionally, he oversaw the signing of an agreement between the General Directorate of Prisons and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to support the establishment of three research seats at three specialized universities, for crime prevention.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the General Directorate of Prisons and Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, based on which inmates will be allowed to study at the university and training programs will be organized for the prisons’ staff.


Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

Updated 2 min 26 sec ago
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Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

  • Saudi government takes special measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques
  • Zamzam water is drawn from a 30-meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: The very mention of the word “Zamzam” evokes a feeling of awe in the hearts of the faithful. Zamzam water is considered holy in Islam. 

It is found in a 30 meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, about 20 meters east of the Kaaba. The water is believed to possess healing qualities, and is treated with reverence by all Muslims.

The Saudi government takes special measures to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques all year round, and to pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.

In addition to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, the Zamzam bottling plant operates with a separate mission under the United Office of Zamazemah in Makkah.

Zamzam water is produced by the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, which is operated by the National Water Co., and whose new bottling plant can produce up to 30,000 liters per hour.

The construction of the new plant began in 2014. Originally consisting of two production lines, a third was added in 2017, which massively increased production capacity. With the water being dispensed into 200 milliliter bottles, it means that the plant can produce well in excess of 150,000 bottles per hour. 

The bottles are then distributed to pilgrims upon arrival in Makkah, and, under the Zamzam Water Additional Services program, are also made available near the central area of Makkah’s Grand Mosque and in other holy places, such as Mina and Arafat. 

Two further expansion phases are currently underway at the site, which also houses its administrative center, including the management and marketing departments.

Two weeks ago, meanwhile, the Saudi Shoura Council approved a new project proposal by Arbab Al-Tawaif Establishments. The project will aim to enhance the competence of employees in Hajj and Umrah services. 

It will also look to restructure Arbab Al-Tawaif, and transform its establishments from individual institutions into companies, working to ensure they provide better standards of service to pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia.