Focus on education to guide Arab youth: Prince Khaled

Updated 19 October 2014
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Focus on education to guide Arab youth: Prince Khaled

Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal stressed the role of the Arab Education Office in achieving educational awakening to protect youth from destructive ideologies in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
“It is the responsibility of the Arab Education Office to take steps for educational awakening in the GCC countries in addition to protecting the young generation from the extraneous destructive ideologies that the enemies of the Arab and Islamic ummah are striving to inject in the youth in the region,” the prince, who will lead the Saudi delegation to the 23rd conference of the GCC education ministers said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Saturday.
The prince said the two-day conference to be opened in Kuwait on Tuesday is a fresh opportunity to move toward formulating strategies to tackle the issues facing educational developments in the region. The conference will also highlight the importance of strengthening the ties of belonging, loyalty and patriotism of the Gulf youth in addition to integrating plans and programs that serve the interests of teachers, students and their families.
“Our countries in the region have no other way to achieve progress and catch up with the advanced countries except through education, cooperation and integration and coordination among ourselves and investing in our resources and potentials to secure the Gulf citizen and protect him from extremist ideologies,” the prince said.
He also called on other participants in the conference to closely cooperate to achieve the educational strategy for 2015-20 which aims at achieving the educational aspirations of every GCC citizen and also to be capable of countering the challenges posed by the massive inflow of satellite and electronic media.
The conference will discuss ways to encourage scientific research, adoption of advanced technology at the pre-university level of education, and cooperation with international, Arab and regional organizations for educational progress in the region in addition to finding ways to protect the young generation from destructive extraneous ideologies.


Fast track to Hajj on Jakarta’s ‘Makkah Road’

Updated 18 July 2018
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Fast track to Hajj on Jakarta’s ‘Makkah Road’

  • A fast-track clearance for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims has been opened at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport
  • The initiative comes as the first groups of pilgrims left from six Indonesian cities, including the capital

JAKARTA: A fast-track clearance for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims — known as the “Makkah Road” — has been opened at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport.
The initiative comes as the first groups of pilgrims left from six Indonesian cities, including the capital.
Indonesian and Saudi officials, including Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Indonesia, were present at the official launch of the fast-track facility on Tuesday.
Airport operator Angkasa Pura has installed 20 booths to process Hajj pilgrims, with each counter manned by two Saudi immigration officers.
“This is the first time the immigration process has taken place in Jakarta, so they will not have to go through custom clearance on arrival in Saudi Arabia and can go directly to their buses, which will take them to their accommodation, while their luggage will be handled and delivered directly to their respective hotels,” Al-Shuaibi said.
“This is a step to improve our Hajj services. We have introduced it this year at Jakarta, where about 60,000 pilgrims are expected to depart. We will introduce it in four cities next time and eventually we hope to introduce it all Hajj embarkations in Indonesia,” he said.
The envoy said that about 400 pilgrims underwent the fast-track clearance in an hour at the airport on Tuesday.
“We appreciate King Salman’s initiative that makes the pilgrims’ journey much easier. It shows that we have a deep and close relation,” Indonesia’s Minister of Social Affairs, Idrus Marham, said.
Director-General of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Nizar Ali, said that 4,486 pilgrims had left from Surakarta, Surabaya, Jakarta, Padang, Makassar and Lombok. More than 221,000 pilgrims are expected to leave Indonesia this year, with the last departure on Aug. 14.
Garuda, the Indonesian airline, expects to fly as many as 108,000 pilgrims in 280 groups from around the country.
Among the 393 pilgrims who left Jakarta was 91-year-old Mohammad Hasan Saad, from East Jakarta, the oldest person in the group.
Hanif Fakri, a member of the medical staff assisting the group, said that Saad was making his second pilgrimage after his first Hajj in 2012.
Hanafi bin Dogol, a 50-year-old pilgrim from East Jakarta, told Arab News that he been on a seven-year waiting list waiting for his chance to go on Hajj.
“I have been practicing and learning the rituals. I hope I can accomplish the pilgrimage in the most favorable manner,” he said.