Saudi Arabia the biggest donor of assistance to Yemen: Cabinet

Updated 01 August 2016
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Saudi Arabia the biggest donor of assistance to Yemen: Cabinet

JEDDAH: The cabinet on Monday defended the work of Saudi Arabia in assisting the legitimate and internationally recognized government of Yemen and highlighted the kingdom’s efforts in aiding the Yemeni people.
At the cabinet session, chaired by Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif, the government corrected some of the “fallacies about health conditions in Yemen and underestimating the coalition's efforts and its positive role in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the brotherly Yemeni people,” said a cabinet statement responding to stories circulating in media quoting some non-governmental relief and human rights organizations.
The cabinet said the kingdom was the biggest humanitarian supporter of Yemen with $500 million given in aid to the Yemenis thus far.
On the formation of a political council in Yemen by the Houthis and followers of Ali Saleh, the Saudi government said the move was a “flagrant violation of the resolutions” of a number of international bodies and saw it as an obstacle to peace.
Saudi Arabia called once again to intensity the fight against terror and welcomed the declaration of Nouakchott and resolutions issued at the 27th Arab summit in Mauritania. The cabinet statement said the many of the terror attacks being witnessed pose a threat to the “Arab peoples and nations and international peace and security and that many of culprits taking part in these terrorist crimes are trying to attach them to Islam which is innocent of such accusations.”
On the occupation of Palestine the cabinet statement said: “[the cabinet expressed] the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's denunciation of the decision of the Israeli occupational authorities, allowing the construction of 770 new residential units in occupied Eastern Al-Quds as part of the continuing aggression against the State of Palestine, targeting the Palestinian well-bing and dismembering its unity and continuation of the Israeli intrasegence and systematic violation for the bases and principles of the peaceful settlemnt and the resolutions of the internatioanl legitimacy supportive for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right in establishing an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.”

Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi said that the Cabinet reviewed the topics on the agenda and issued the following resolutions:

First:

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of countering cross-border crimes between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United Mexican States, which was signed in Riyadh on 07/04/1437.

Second:

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, museums, architectural heritage, crafts and handicrafts between the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Peru, which was signed in Lima on 03/12/1436.

Third:

The Cabinet approved an agreement in the military and technical fields between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, which was signed in Rabat on 04/03/1437.

Fourth:

Based on a recommendation by the Standing Committee of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, the Cabinet approved a number of arrangements regarding the activation of the role of the private sector as well as the increase of its contribution to the GDP via stimulating investments related to capital and private ownership.

Fifth:

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of atomic energy between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Finland, which was signed in Helsinki on 24/11/1436.

Sixth:

The Cabinet approved the two final accounts of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and the Small and Medium Enterprises Loan Guarantee Program for the fiscal year 1435/1436.

Seventh:

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud appointed to the post of the President's Undersecretary for Female Section (Rank 15) at the General Authority for Sports.

2- Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Khunain transferred from the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 15) to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

3- Mohammed bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Ghufeili appointed to the post of Economic Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Finance.

4- Mishaal bin Naif bin Thellab Otaibi appointed to the post of Financial Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Health.

5- Sefer bin Sweyed bin Sefer Al-Ghamdi appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Principality for Development Affairs (Rank 14) at the ) Baha Region Principality.

6- Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Khamis transferred from the post of Al-Mahd Governor / A Class (Rank 14) to the post of Security Advisor (Rank 14) at Madinah Region Principality.

7- Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Asker transferred from the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) to the post of Director General of General Budget (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.

8- Jamal bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Abdulhadi appointed to the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.

9- Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Mowais appointed to the post of Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.

10- Uqab bin Munahi bin Uqab bin Aboud appointed to the post of Director General of Health Affairs in Eastern Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.

11- Saad bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Yousef appointed to the post of Petroleum Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

12- Yousef bin Abdullah bin Hamid Al-Hamed appointed to the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

13- Sulaiman bin Hassan bin Mansour Al-Zughaibi appointed to the post of Director General of the Ministry's Branch in Riyadh Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.


Health and safety tips for pilgrims

Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 17 min 41 sec ago
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Health and safety tips for pilgrims

  • Moving personal belongings to the Grand Mosque and its squares is prohibited.
  • Observe these tips to yourself a hassle-free pilgrimage

Performing Umrah and praying at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan leads to a much greater movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the roads leading to the central area surrounding the Grand Mosque. This requires exceptional organizational procedures for transporting pilgrims and worshipers and managing their movements inside the Grand Mosque and on the roads leading to it.
Our goals are to maintain your safety and to facilitate your Umrah rituals with ease, tranquility and placidity.

How to reach?
The density of pedestrian traffic is very high on all roads leading to the Grand Mosque and continues for hours before, during and after prayers all the time.
To keep your safety and facilitate your way to the central area surrounding the Grand Mosque, the roads in the central area surrounding were specified for the pedestrian movement during the time of prayers. Pilgrims and worshipers are transported to the central area around the Grand Mosque and their accommodation using public transport buses from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and 13 parking spaces to nine other public transport stations around the Grand Mosque. 

Buses used for Umrah have designated loading and unloading areas in the holy sites. (SPA file photo)


Vehicles driven by drivers seeking to perform Umrah must park at the parking areas at entrances to Makkah and use public transport to their destination.
Traffic men are stationed at 34 locations on the roads leading to the Grand Mosque to follow up on the traffic status and take all necessary measures to keep pedestrians safe. They compel the vehicles used to transport worshipers and pilgrims to Makkah to go to public or private parking spaces. They prevent all types of vehicles from parking on the roads and in locations affecting pedestrian safety. They prevent motorbikes and bicycles from using roads in the central area, and to be used for charge-paid transportation.

You can reach the Grand Mosque using one of the following options:
Using public transport buses from King Abdulaziz International Airport to public transport stations around the Grand Mosque.
Using transport services between parking spaces inside the Holy Places and the public transport stations in the central region.
Using taxis to the nearest site of the Grand Mosque or to your place of accommodation.
Using private cars driven by non-pilgrims to the nearest site of the Grand Mosque or to your place of accommodation.
Walking from your place of accommodation in the central area and adjacent neighborhoods.

What you should know before heading to the Grand Mosque
The absorptive capacity defines the number of visitors who can perform prayers in the Grand Mosque and in its precincts. This capacity decreases when performing the “Taraweeh” and “TaHajjud” prayers to enable pilgrims to perform “Tawaaf” and “Saa’i,” requiring the evacuation of the “Mataf” and the “Masa’a.”.
Because of the large turnout of pilgrims and worshipers and with the view of maintaining their safety, all roads leading to the Grand Mosque are reserved for pedestrians before prayers and one hour or more after, according to the number of pedestrians. This period is extended to two hours during Friday prayers, and for prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan and Fitr prayers.

How to move in the Grand Mosque and the surrounding area:
The external and internal area of the Grand Mosque is equipped with pedestrian corridors that cannot be used for sitting, waiting or praying.
Illuminated signboards: When you enter the gates you will find signboards. When they light up in green it means that you have access to the Grand Mosque through this gate, but when it lights up in red, there is no access through this door owing to congestion.

The external and internal area of the Grand Mosque is equipped with pedestrian corridors that cannot be used for sitting, waiting or praying. (SPA photo)


Safety tips:
Move calmly, abide by traffic directions, pay attention to the elderly and other worshipers and pilgrims, and follow the instructions of the security personnel.
Move slowly when heading to public transport stations immediately after the prayer. Maintain your calm and abide by the instructions of security personnel.
Avoid obstructing pedestrian traffic by gathering in the external areas of the Mosque or by stopping by street vendors.
Pilgrims cannot perform their prayers at the doors of the Grand Mosque, near the entrances and exits of escalators, on the pedestrian corridors, on the roads and streets leading to the Mosque, on the entrances and exits of car tunnels and in front of toilets.

General instructions:
Some children who are taken to the Grand Mosque lose their parents, thus there is a dire need to monitor and take good care of them. 

Parents should make sure not to leave children alone while in crowded areas where they can easily get lost. (SPA file photo)


Pilgrims and worshipers must stay away from work or maintenance areas inside and outside the Mosque. 
Smoking, begging, taking pictures, or selling goods are prohibited inside the Mosque and surrounding areas.
Electrical plugs reserved for maintenance work cannot be used for personal purposes to avoid any electrical short-circuit that may affect the signboards in the Grand Mosque.
It is prohibited to play with escalators, regular stairs or carts inside the Grand Mosque.
It is prohibited to tamper with any of the firefighting tools such as the fire extinguishers, firefighting water hoses or fire alarms.

Prohibitions:
Carrying and entering weapons and all types of sharp tools into the Grand Mosque and its squares.
Conducting any act that would affect the pilgrims and worshipers’ safety and tranquility or would hinder facilitating the performance of Tawaf, Saa’i and praying.
Entry of motorcycles and bicycles into the areas of the Grand Mosque is prohibited.
Moving personal belongings to the Grand Mosque and its squares, or suspending them on the windows of the Grand Mosque from inside and outside, or leaving them in the courtyard of the Grand Mosque. Such belongings can be kept in the boxes allocated to this end in the courtyards.