Fewer fake Haj organizers this year

Updated 15 October 2015
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Fewer fake Haj organizers this year

JEDDAH: Minister for Haj Bandar Hajjar said that the electronic Haj service of the ministry successfully reduced the number of fake Haj organizers in operation in the Kingdom, and has also stopped the increase in prices of Haj packages.
The electronic services also cut down the time required by domestic pilgrims to complete all the necessary procedures for participating in Haj campaigns at reasonable prices.
“Pilgrims were previously wasting their time looking for Haj programs at fair prices. But the electronic services of the ministry have enabled these procedures to be completed much more easily,” Hajjar said during a speech at the third meeting of the Haj service companies.
Undersecretary of the Ministry for Haj Affairs Hussein Al-Sharif explained during the meeting that the electronic process of the online Haj services has raised awareness about various Haj campaigns among domestic pilgrims to show them the importance of the ministry’s activities to serve pilgrims.
The Haj minister discussed with the heads of the Haj service companies their achievements during the Haj season for this year, while also ordering three teams from the ministry to take technical notes of the electronic services, awareness issues and their relationship with other government agencies that also play a role in running the electronic services.


Saudi Security Aviation Command evacuates family trapped due to storm

Updated 9 min 36 sec ago
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Saudi Security Aviation Command evacuates family trapped due to storm

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continues its work in rescuing, evacuating and providing food aid to the Yemeni victims of tropical storm Luban, which had hit the eastern Al-Mahra governorate.
The command said that on Saturday an evacuation task had been carried out to save a family of seven members that were trapped in Al-Ghaydah, the capital city of Mahra.
They were transported to an area 80 kilometers east of Al-Ghaydah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The command also carried more aid tasks by transporting tents and distributing more than 1,800 kilograms of food aid to the areas 180 km north of Al-Ghaydah.
Two members of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) were on board the relief flights.