Saudi food bank serves up a taste of Ramadan through a delivery app

Muslims are encouraged to help the needy, especially during Ramadan. (Supplied)
Updated 03 June 2019
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Saudi food bank serves up a taste of Ramadan through a delivery app

  • The Itaam initiative aims to spread the idea of professionally managed food banks in Saudi Arabia that protects the privacy of both donors and recipients

JEDDAH: A Saudi food bank has teamed up with a delivery app to nourish the needy during Ramadan.
Itaam, a nonprofit initiative set up by entrepreneurs from the Eastern Region during the holy month, signed an agreement with the food-delivery app Hunger Station to launch the new service, Otloblhom.
Muslims are encouraged to help the needy, especially during Ramadan, with charity campaigns facilitating the process of feeding those who are less well off or who are unable to fast because of health problems.
The Itaam initiative aims to spread the idea of professionally managed food banks in the Kingdom that protects the privacy of both donors and recipients.
Itaam began operations on the first day of Ramadan, allowing people to order iftar meals at a symbolic price. Meals are then delivered through Hunger Station.
Charitable activities used to be carried out randomly in the street, with people distributing food in areas where the poor and homeless lived. Now, however, a number of campaigns, volunteers and phone apps help to provide the same service.
Through their agreement, Hunger Station and Itaam aim to perform a valuable social role during the holy month.
To order, open the application, press “Otloblhom,” select the restaurant and number of meals, and pay by credit card.
Other charitable apps are active not only at Ramadan but also throughout the year. These include Faed and Khair Alsaudia, which help to distribute clothes, food, furniture and household appliances.


King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

King Salman. (AFP)
Updated 54 min 48 sec ago
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King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

  • The Justice Ministry will participate in the 22nd diplomatic session of The Hague Conference on Private International Law

RIYADH: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks.
The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the ministry launched an e-notarization system to provide several services that dispense with paperwork and spare clients the need to visit notarial offices for low-risk powers of attorney.
The ministry also conducted 193,229 verification operations through its various electronic channels.
The Justice Ministry will participate in the 22nd diplomatic session of The Hague Conference on Private International Law.
The meeting, which takes place until July 2, will discuss and approve the final version of The Hague convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.
A delegation from the Kingdom’s foreign affairs, justice and interior ministries will take part in the session alongside representatives of 83 states, and international organizations including the EU.
The meeting will conclude a series of gatherings held over a number of years to discuss the convention’s articles. Saudi Arabia is also party to another convention aimed at enforcing foreign arbitral awards.
The system for the implementation of foreign judgments in Saudi courts is one of the most important elements in stimulating trade and investment between the Kingdom and member countries of the relevant conventions and enhances the international status of the Saudi judiciary.