Forum held for projects on better serving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

Prince Saud bin Abdullah, center, with Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, left, and Dr. Osamah Tayyeb at the Makkah Cultural Forum on Monday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 20 November 2018
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Forum held for projects on better serving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

  • Mashat said Jeddah was the gate to Makkah and the first destination to the holy sites
  • Hajj and Umrah Ministry’s main role is to arrange all Hajj and Umrah works and coordinate with all participating government bodies

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of the Governor of Jeddah, Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the Hajj and Umrah Ministry organized an explicative forum on Monday for the Jeddah Prize for Creativity 1440H, under the title “Developing our cities for Hajj and Umrah.” The prize comes as part of the third Makkah Cultural Forum, under the slogan “How to set an example.”
The meeting, which was held at the Hilton Hotel, was attended by Deputy Governor of Jeddah Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi; Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat; the chairman of the prize advisory committee Dr. Osamah Tayyeb, along with senior officials.
Prince Saud bin Abdullah said all the projects and ideas that the meeting proposed about Hajj and Umrah will be of great importance to the Jeddah governor.
He added that the governorate sought the submission of integrated projects to provide an incorporated industry with a positive impact on the service of pilgrims going to the holy sites through Jeddah.

Rich in knowledge
In his speech, Mashat said Jeddah was the gate to Makkah and the first destination to the holy sites. “Pilgrims feel comfortable when they arrive in Jeddah on their way to the sacred places. Jeddah combines originality, modernity and cultures in a city that is also rich in knowledge.
“A city like this should stick in the memories of pilgrims rather than just being a transit station and this comes in compliance with Vision 2030,” he said.
He added that the model for Hajj and Umrah, which was developed by the prize committee this year, is about the initiatives undertaken by individuals and governmental and nongovernmental entities to improve his ministry’s performance and services targeting pilgrims and Umrah performers.
“This branch of the prize can help generate ideas and initiatives to help us better serve pilgrims in order to ease the process of performing their rituals. The ideas can also help us continually develop our services to meet the pilgrims’ expectations.
“Moreover, they can support us to leave a shining mental image with pilgrims about Saudi Arabia,” he added.
Initiative
Although the Hajj and Umrah Ministry’s main role is to arrange all Hajj and Umrah works and coordinate with all participating government bodies, the ministry never hesitates to adopt any initiative that can help improve its performance.
“Through such initiatives, we are hopeful that we can enrich the experience of pilgrims to the two holy sites,” Mashat told Arab News.
He added that one of their tasks is to facilitate pilgrims’ entry procedures, and not only to work on the guests of Allah’s comfort but also try to make their visit to Saudi Arabia an unforgettable experience.
Mashat said his ministry’s interest in utilizing digital platforms has added much, not only to the Hajj and Umrah Ministry but also to all ministries and entities serving the pilgrims.
He added that they receive pilgrims as guests to the country who should be offered the best possible generosity and magnanimity.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.