Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

Updated 28 September 2015
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Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

MINA: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, expressed pride toward the praise extended by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the efforts made by security officers in serving the guests Allah despite the tragic accident of the stampede in Mina.

He pointed out that this does not in any way downplay the efforts they made, and prayed to God the Almighty to grant forgiveness to the deceased and that they rest in peace in paradise, and prayed for the injured to be blessed with a speedy recovery.
The crown prince was speaking during an inspection visit to the Haj Control and Command Center at the headquarters of the Public Security in Mina.
The crown prince expressed his confidence in security sector members, stressing their efforts in performing their duties as best as possible.
Prince Mohammed bin Naif also followed up on security plans of the different Haj phases and gave directions to complete the remaining phases with utmost accuracy, especially the plans involving the Holy Sites and the Grand Mosque.
The crown prince was welcomed by Director of the Public Security and chairman of the Haj security committee Brig. Othman bin Naser Al-Mohrej, commander of Haj forces in the Makkah police, Maj. Gen.Abdulaziz bin Othman Al-Souli and Muhammad Al-Khelawi, commander of the Command and Control Center for Haj Security.
The crown prince checked the department of the Control and Command Center and was familiarized on the course of work and operations there, and the daily statistics monitored by the center during this Haj season.
He also checked the television monitoring and computer departments, as well as the traffic department, the criminal security division and the other security sectors participating in the Haj operations this season.
Following the visit, the crown prince held a meeting with the leaderships of Haj security where he was briefed on the tasks assumed by the Haj forces, and all other traffic and security plans in place during the Haj.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.