Money from illegal Hajis’ transportation ‘ill gotten’

Updated 11 September 2016
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Money from illegal Hajis’ transportation ‘ill gotten’

JEDDAH: The money earned from transporting pilgrims who do not have permits is unlawful, a senior scholar has said.
“Such money is gained illegally by committing a violation,” Sheikh Ali Al-Hakami, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said in a newspaper interview. “Anyone who violates the regulations and gets paid for this, his money is definitely ill gotten.”
Al-Hakami pointed out that permits for performing Haj is in the interest of the Muslims, and that pilgrimage is not obligatory for any person who cannot get an official permit for Haj.
“Violators badly affect the organization of Haj and harm other pilgrims,” he said.
“Any person desiring to perform Haj, but incapable of doing so because he/she does not have a permit, will get rewarded by Allah for not bringing harm to other Muslims,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the operational plan to safely transport 1.3 million pilgrims between Makkah and the holy sites has been put in place.
The pilgrims will be transported by more than 16,000 buses, said an official, adding that the plan details the movement of buses on the roads linking Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah to the holy sites.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.