Saad bin Muhareb Al-Muhareb, executive head of the Saudi Publishing and Distribution House

Saad bin Muhareb Al-Muhareb
Updated 27 May 2019
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Saad bin Muhareb Al-Muhareb, executive head of the Saudi Publishing and Distribution House

Saad bin Muhareb Al-Muhareb was recently appointed executive head of the Saudi Publishing and Distribution House by the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed.

The prince previously announced the establishment of the Saudi Publishing and Distribution House, which is aimed at publishing, marketing and distributing Saudi books in Arab countries.

Saudi Arabia also aims to remove the barriers that previously existed between the Saudi author and the public, while the ministry is keen to support Saudi innovators in all creative fields and through all possible support tracks.

Al-Muhareb is a prominent Saudi author, journalist and academic. He has worked as a lecturer at media and communication college at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh since 2013.

Al-Muhareb also worked as a journalist for various publications in Saudi Arabia, including Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Eqtisadiah, Alarabiya.net, Elaph and Albilad.

He was also director of the Riyadh International Book Fair in 2016.

Al-Muhareb was editor in chief of SMS (Short Message Service) at Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) between 2007 and 2009.

He also served as a public relations officer at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) between 2003 and 2004.

Al-Muhareb holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. He also earned a master’s degree in mass communication and media studies from King Saud University in Riyadh.

He has published four books focused on Saudi media, journalism, Saudi society and literature.


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.