Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

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Updated 12 October 2012
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

Berlin: In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation, and Mayor of Berlin Claus Wowereit, a handing-over ceremony of the Award in its fifth year was held Monday in Berlin.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that this ceremony resulted from close friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany and joint keenness of the two leaderships to achieve continuous progress of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries as well as effective coordination about common issues.
The Prince conveyed to the audience the greetings of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his great appreciation of the Federal Republic of Germany and its role in enriching translation movement and human cultural dialogue, adding, ‘ The King has given special attention to this global award and its development which keeps abreast with his human initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, and promotes dialogue among civilizations according to various knowledge frameworks which are open toward more rapprochement and understanding to serve a culture of peace emanating from complete belief in the importance of translation in achieving rapprochement between peoples.
The Prince noted that the award is one of the bridges of intellectual and cultural communication between the world cultures, and aims to disseminate knowledge to promote the principles of mutual understanding and common human values for a bright future for this generation and future generations. He stressed the Kingdom’s welcome of all hands extended for tolerance and dialogue and its seeking for stability in all fields which yield fruitful results for the development of peoples.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations.
He praised what he saw during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum which shed light on the Kingdom’s history.
For his part, Adviser at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library and Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar expressed in his speech his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of the projects of King Abdulaziz Public Library, especially this international award; also thanking Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for patronizing this meeting and supporting its activities.
Then prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for translation from different languages.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi and a number of German senior officials.


All eyes on Mina as Hajj begins today

A Hajj security man takes care of a child. Security forces have been deployed around the clock to deal with all emergency cases. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2018
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All eyes on Mina as Hajj begins today

JEDDAH: Around 2 million pilgrims arrived in the Holy Land from outside and inside the Kingdom in preparation to set out from Makkah for Mina.
They will retrace the noble tradition of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and spend the Tarwiyah Day on Sunday in Mina. Here they will make final preparations for the Standing (Wuquf) at Arafat, which marks the climax of the annual pilgrimage, on Monday.
To be able to serve the pilgrims and enable them to perform Hajj rituals with ease and comfort, the government and private sectors concerned with Hajj and pilgrim affairs intensify their preparations, under the direct supervision of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman, the governor of Makkah region and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, and followed up by his deputy, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar.
The Ministry of Health will provide intensive and continuous health services supported by skillful human cadres and state-of-the-art medical technologies, in order to provide the best health services for pilgrims. The Ministry of Health has employed a total of 29,495 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and technicians to provide extensive health care to the pilgrims.
According to the ministry, its manpower during the Hajj consists of 780 consultants in various medical specializations, 1,248 specialists; 2,718 general practitioners; 1,428 pharmacists; 3,553 nurses; 1,173 technicians and lab specialists; 198 specialists in nutrition; 5,587 administrators; 165 engineers; and 1,491 ambulance drivers.
The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque will operate and maintain all technical devices and systems of lighting, air-conditioning and ventilation, sound and control systems, cameras, communication devices and electrical stairs, buildings and libraries in the Two Holy Mosques.
Air-conditioning has been installed in the basement and ground floor and many other areas. Thousands of fans have been installed in the Two Holy Mosques and their yards.
The area around the Two Holy Mosques has been equipped with more than 8,441 toilets, as well as more than 6,000 ablution units. All power supply lines have been prepared to make sure there is power 24/7.
More than 10,000 male and female employees will be available to follow up on work and monitor it during Ramadan, in addition to a large number of cleaners.
Among the services also provided by the Presidency are translation of Friday sermons into 10 languages, organization of various scientific programs, and competitions.
A total of 210 doors in the Grand Mosque and 100 doors in the Prophet’s Mosque have been prepared, as well as 28 escalators in the Grand Mosque and four escalators in the Prophet’s Mosque. There are 38 doors for people with special needs and seven for women.
The Saudi Red Crescent deployed 127 emergency centers, 361 ambulances, 20 motorbikes, and more than 1,861 people to work in the ranges of Makkah and Madinah.
There will be 22 operational hospitals in Madinah and the holy sites, 15 temporary emergency centers, supported with more than 87 ambulances and 653 paramedics.
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs mobilized its human and mechanical capabilities to enable pilgrims to perform their duties in a safe and healthy environment by employing more than 26,000 individuals and 717 mechanisms to implement the hygiene plan in Makkah and the holy sites, as well as specialized field teams to control 33,069 food facilities in Makkah.
Civil defense teams will be deployed around the clock to deal with all emergency cases, where the injuries will be transferred using stretchers and wheelchairs to several medical evacuation sites inside and outside the mosque.
These teams will also be carrying out extraction and rescue operations inside the Holy Mosque and the surrounding area, in addition to providing urgent first aid, and transferring critical cases to the nearest hospitals and health centers, in coordination with the Red Crescent teams around the Holy Mosque. The Hajj security forces leaderships announced their readiness to maintain the security and safety of pilgrims during the pilgrimage season.
The General Command of the Air General Security is supported by all the security services and various government sectors.
In preparation for the Hajj season, the Saudi General Security Aviation Command announced that it has started implementing the first phase of its security plan to ensure the safety of pilgrims in the Kingdom. The aviation command will commence security operations over the holy sites, where special helicopters will monitor the activities surrounding the Hajj season this year. The planes are stationed in the designated locations in Makkah and Madinah from various bases to carry out the tasks assigned to them, namely traffic and security, logistical support for other security bodies, humanitarian services and the monitoring of pilgrims not following the rules.