39,959 Saudi youths benefit from training program

Updated 14 September 2015
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39,959 Saudi youths benefit from training program

RIYADH: As many as 39,959 young Saudis have benefited from various technical training programs designed for the needs of the local market.
The trainees not only get immediate jobs from sponsors, but also receive a SR3,000 monthly allowance while training. Courses are provided for 90 different professions that are in demand. According to the implementing agency, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), the joint project is based on a partnership between the corporation and a number of national companies interested in hiring Saudis.
“Such methods of employment are aimed at nationalizing many professions in the labor market through job training in the areas needed by the private sector,” said the head of the joint training program, Ahmed Jalalah.
According to him, the project is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and the Council of Saudi Chambers, where the TVTC unveiled the program for various regions of the Kingdom.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.