SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

Updated 26 August 2015
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SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

MAKKAH: Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh was briefed on Monday about the SR2.5 billion awarded to companies contracted to clean up the holy sites during this year’s Haj.
Al-Asheikh praised the country’s leaders and the various government and private agencies for providing top quality services for pilgrims performing the Haj this year.
In particular, he said, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Barr should be thanked for the vital role they have been playing in the city, a local publication reported.
Abdulsalam bin Sulaiman Mushat, undersecretary for services in the city, said cleaning operations have been in full swing since July 22 in 10 municipalities.
The cleaning contracts were awarded to several specialized companies, covering five cleaning zones in Makkah and the holy sites. These were worth over SR594.7 million, SR482.8 million, SR484.9 million, SR467.7 million, and SR518.5 million.


Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

Updated 18 August 2018
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Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

  • Facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks
  • Six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj

JEDDAH: More than 800 foreign media workers will cover the Hajj rituals, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi minister of media, has announced.

In addition, facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks, while six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj.

Al-Awwad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the government’s continuing efforts to provide the best services and security for Hajj pilgrims from around the world.

He said Saudi Arabia welcomes all Muslims to perform this religious rite, rejecting attempts to politicize or use Hajj for purposes other than worship.

Al-Awwad made his comments during a briefing on preparations for receiving local and international media representatives to cover the pilgrimage. He said the ministry has equipped seven media centers in Makkah and the holy sites to serve journalists and media personnel from inside and outside the Kingdom.

Sixteen digital channels will work around the clock to cover the Hajj season in six languages.

The ministry last year launched the Communication International Center and its account on Twitter @CICSaudi to enhance relations with the international media and pursue a more open policy to the global audience.

It also began to broadcast information and document data on events, facts and humanitarian works and services in the Kingdom in several languages, primarily English, French and German.

Al-Awwad said the ministry had contributed to the launch of a digital media platform documenting the creative work of government agencies, highlighting their efforts, disseminating the Kingdom’s media message locally and internationally, and presenting the governmental media work under one platform in a professional way.