Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing

Majid Al-Hogail. (Supplied photo)
Updated 30 March 2019
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Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing

Majid Al-Hogail is Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing, a role he has held since July 2015. He has also been the chairman of the Real Estate General Authority since January 2017, and has served on the boards of the Qiddiya Investment Co. since April 2017, and NEOM since October 2017. 

Al-Hogail gained a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and completed an extended development program in management at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007.

He then became the managing director of the RAFAL Real Estate Development Co. from August 2007, before joining Aljazira Capital in January 2014 as its chairman, leaving both in July 2015. During the same period he was also a board member of budget airline Flynas.

Since then, in addition to his roles at Qiddiya, NEOM and in government, he has also been chairman of the Real Estate Development Fund since July 2015, and the chairman of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company since August 2017.

On Sunday, Al-Hogail and Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi launched “Benaa Housing,” a new website which will help construction companies and contractors to contribute to a development program in the Kingdom.

The project, estimated to have cost SR3.5 billion ($910 million), aims to speed up the process of building 10,000 units across Saudi Arabia by enabling small and medium construction firms to access and contribute to projects. 

“The Ministry of Housing is always keen to provide solutions and services to all families, especially beneficiaries of the Housing Development Program, in all regions of the Kingdom,” said Al-Hugail.


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

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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.