Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip was held on the 17th day of Ramadan (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir” (Friend of the Pilgrim) initiative in partnership with the Sawt Al-Asm association in Jeddah.

A bus of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts from the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next they arrived at the Grand Mosque, where the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed iftar meals, and received souvenirs.

“Sadiq Almutamir” focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between young Saudis, as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences.

Launched late last year, the initiative “focuses on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally, contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” the ministry said in a statement.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.