Saudi Arabia says Arar border crossing with Iraq to reopen in October

A picture taken on March 12, 2017 shows a road sign reading in Arabic "Road to Jadidah" (TOP) and "Road to Iraq" (BOTTOM), in the area around Arar city along the Saudi-Iraq border. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 July 2019

Saudi Arabia says Arar border crossing with Iraq to reopen in October

  • The border had been closed since 1990
  • Kingdom and Iraq had been in discussions about opening border crossing for several years

BAGHDAD: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Iraq said on Tuesday that the Arar border crossing will officially open on October 15.

The border had been closed since 1990 when relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq deteriorated following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq had been in discussions about opening the border crossing for several years in a bid to boost trade between the two countries.

The Saudi town of Arar is 70 kilometers from the Iraqi border.


Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

The number of participants in serving pilgrims this year reached 30,000 employees of the Ministry of Health. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2019

Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

  • For the first time this year, the ministry used robotic technology for medical consultations, which gave hospitals in Mina remote access to consultants in micro specialties

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has revealed specialized services provided by its hospitals and health centers in Makkah, Madinah and holy sites for pilgrims during Hajj.
The ministry said that the number of pilgrims who received treatment in hospitals and health centers reached 649,690.
The number of participants in serving pilgrims this year reached 30,000 employees of the Ministry of Health, while 25 hospitals were prepared in Makkah and Madinah, with a total capacity of 5,000 beds.
For the first time this year, the ministry used robotic technology for medical consultations, which gave hospitals in Mina remote access to consultants in micro specialties.