Saudi Arabia prime target of terrorists

Updated 22 September 2016
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Saudi Arabia prime target of terrorists

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been able to thwart more than 95% of terrorist operations according to a security strategy praised by the world.

Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries that paid attention to fighting terrorism at various levels, as it has carried out serious steps in the fight against this phenomenon locally, regionally, and internationally, and effectively contributed to fighting it in accordance with international regulations.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said in his speech during the opening of the World Islamic Conference on Combating Terrorism, which was held by the Muslim World League in Makkah last year, that the Islamic nation is threatened by terrorism’s murders and crimes which go beyond the borders of the Islamic world, and falsely raise the banner of Islam, which is completely innocent of such terrorism.
The 42nd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation hosted by Kuwait in 2015, under the theme “Shared Vision on Promoting Tolerance and Renouncing Terrorism,” called for a commitment to the goals and principles of the organization, besides commitment to the recommendations of the World Islamic Conference which was held in Makkah.
The Kingdom has been the target of terrorist acts, where the number of attacks in the Kingdom reached 51 in only 37 years since 1979, immediately following the Iranian revolution. Until now, terrorist acts in the Kingdom have resulted in the death of more than 208 people and injuries to 1,127 people.
The strategy of fighting and combating terrorism in the Kingdom has been very clear, and it has been recognized by the world for such efforts. Saudi law enforcement agencies managed to destroy terror plots and their sources, and hunted them down regionally and internationally, besides listing organizations that are considered terrorist by the Kingdom. 
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, minister of interior, himself escaped an assassination attempt by Al-Qaeda, and that shows that Saudi Arabia is targeted by terrorism which, unfortunately, cooperates politically with many countries to create chaos and instability in the region.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.