PNU students form largest human flag to celebrate 88th National Day

A large number of PNU students will participate on the 88th National Day to form the largest human flag and reflect the university’s love for the country. (AFP)
Updated 20 September 2018
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PNU students form largest human flag to celebrate 88th National Day

  • The three-day event starts on Friday at the PNU sports stadium
  • The event will also discuss the history of Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Princess Nourah bin Abdulrahman University (PNU) has organized the “Seerat Majd 2” event in partnership with Al-Ghad Youth Association to celebrate the 88th Saudi National Day.
The three-day event starts on Friday at the PNU sports stadium under the umbrella of the General Entertainment Authority.
A large number of PNU students will participate on the 88th National Day to form the largest human flag and reflect the university’s love for the country under the rule of King Salman and the vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The PNU has offered its students the opportunity to take part in this celebration by sending them an invitation entitled “We Celebrate Our Country,” which takes them to an online portal to register their names.
The online portal was announced through the official social media accounts of PNU and has attracted 4,912 students so far.
The event will also discuss the history of Saudi Arabia, including its unification by the late King Abdul Aziz as well as the efforts of the government to improve the quality of life inside the Kingdom, guarantee its security and prosperity, and secure a good future for the Saudi people.
The event features several activities, including music performances, folkloric dances, and shows that shed light on the Kingdom’s diverse social fabric, in addition to fireworks, skydiving, air shows, car driving, and a view of Saudi Arabia from the space. There will also be food courts and cafes.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.