Saudi Arabia participates in China Belt and Road forum

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Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi visits the Port of Shanghai. (SPA)
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A Saudi delegation participates in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. (SPA)
Updated 28 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia participates in China Belt and Road forum

  • Ancient China had close maritime communication with Arabian Peninsula and Red Sea, says Chinese official

RIYADH: The Kingdom participated in a Belt and Road forum held in Beijing, the Saudi Press Agency reported, with officials from both sides discussing cooperation, experiences and shared interests in the fields of archaeology and transport.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is a chance for countries to pitch for investment in a massive infrastructure project aimed at connecting China with the rest of the world.
The Department of Antiquities and Museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) was part of the Kingdom’s delegation.
It reviewed the outcome of excavation work at the Sarin archaeological site south of Al-Lith through a workshop hosted by the China National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, with the participation of Abdullah Al-Zahrani, general director of archaeological researches and studies at SCTH.
Al-Zahrani highlighted the most prominent excavation works carried out in the past three years at the Sarin site, which houses ancient hills that are completely covered by sand and buildings. “Parts of pots made of different materials in various shapes are scattered on those hills, in addition to metal pieces, mainly coins and jewelry.”
Jiang Bong, head of the Chinese expedition team, talked about the most important findings of the excavation works.
“We have found pieces of broken Chinese porcelain that date back to different eras, which indicates that the site is an important commercial site on the Maritime Silk Road and confirms that ancient China had close maritime communication with the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea,” he said at the workshop.
President of the China National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Waing Daimen, said that the Saudi-Chinese expedition had contributed to an exchange between the two countries in the field of archaeological excavation. He described the Sarin project as one of the most important international cooperative research projects carried out by China.
The workshop also touched on the most important Arab sources documenting the arrival of Chinese trade and pilgrimage ships to Arab ports on the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea.
Another part of the Saudi delegation at the forum represented the Kingdom’s transport and logistics interests.
Nabeel Al-Amoudi, the Saudi minister of transport, visited the Port of Shanghai along with the chairman of the Public Transport Authority, Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih.
Al-Amoudi examined the latest container-handling technologies and discussed the possibility of transferring these operational experiences to Saudi ports, which could promote the Kingdom’s shipping industry.
Al-Amoudi stressed Saudi Arabia’s desire to promote cooperation with China.


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.