Society gets in the way of fighting beggary

Updated 11 June 2016
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Society gets in the way of fighting beggary

MADINAH: While beggars are becoming visible at their favorite places during Ramadan, such as mosques, malls and traffic lights, officials are standing up to this phenomenon in various ways.
Abdulrahman Al-Ahmadi said child beggars subject themselves to dangers since they don’t care about the changing lights or traffic congestion, and about kidnapping, which is spreading among their ranks.
Mansour Al-Sini said visitors to the Grand Mosque find disabled people taking extra care to reveal their disabilities to earn more sympathy, and hence money, and it has become important to put up signs about places allocated for alms-giving.
Beggars of various nationalities, most of whom are children and women, have been seen in shopping malls, despite efforts of security guards to keep them away. Teacher Mansoura Al-Heibi, said women beggars, whose numbers increase during Ramadan, are usually found in various shopping malls around the Kingdom.
Sociologist Amani Al-Alyan said society doesn’t understand the reality of alms and those who take up begging as a profession to make money. Needy people should go to donation areas and special locations that have been licensed by the government. She called on relevant bodies to encourage people to pay their Zakat and organize awqaf and other property to house the needy.
The director general of the Labor and Social Development Ministry's branch in Madinah said that 14 patrols have been deployed the yards of the Prophet's Mosque, other mosques and commercial centers to catch beggars. Other campaigns will start next week, which is the time when beggars start coming from outside the city.
He added that the anti-beggary campaign teams will comprise officers from the Haia, police, the governorate and officials from social services.
The official said that any foreigner found begging will be sent to the embassy of his or her country for the necessary procedures, while cases of Saudi beggars will be studied by social affairs entities and then referred to the welfare home or psychological care if they suffered from psychological problems. Other cases will be referred to charitable and voluntary bodies.
He said society is the biggest obstacle to eliminating beggary. As soon as they are approached by a beggar in the yards of the Grand Mosque, for instance, they start defending him against any anti-beggary squad. He said people do this because they don’t know the dangers that result from such a phenomenon.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.