Saudi ministries liaise to enhance services to senior citizens

The senior citizens’ project, which will be launched on Wednesday in Riyadh, will gradually expand to other cities. (SPA)
Updated 09 January 2019
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Saudi ministries liaise to enhance services to senior citizens

  • The mobile notary service is free of charge and is also available to people with disabilities or chronic illness

JEDDAH: The justice and health ministries are liaising to enhance services through the creation of a priority card for citizens above the age of 70.
The card will give senior citizens priority at hospitals and will allow them to have officials from the Justice Ministry visit them at home if they are unable to report to ministry branches to get their legal paperwork done. The ministries issued a joint statement saying the move would improve the quality of services across the spectrum. The senior citizens’ project, which will be launched on Wednesday in Riyadh, will gradually expand to other cities. Mobile notary services (in which third parties are authorized to perform certain legal formalities, such as sign deeds or contracts) are already available in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Alkhobar, Dhahran, Buraidah, and Onaizah.
Priority card applicants can send a copy of their ID on the Justice Ministry app, call 920025888 or email [email protected]
Notaries then receive an alert with the home location.
The mobile notary service is free of charge and is also available to people with disabilities or chronic illness.

 


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.