Urban observatory workshop opens

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Updated 23 January 2013
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Urban observatory workshop opens

The first workshop on urban observatories was launched on Monday by the Mayor of Madinah Province, Khalid Taher, on behalf of Prince Faisal bin Salman, Madinah governor and president of the Council of Urban Observatories (CUO). The three-day event aims to train workforce on the latest methods that observatories have adopted in the production of global urban indicators. To this end, they will conduct field surveys on the socio-economic development in Madinah Province.
Taher said the event would focus on various issues, including the concepts of urban observatories and indicator systems and how to develop them. Other topics include the use of urban indicators in the preparation of local urban development policies in cities and performance monitoring and evaluation of plans, programs and projects of the municipality. The experience of Local Urban Observatory for Madinah and practical training on data and how to deal with those for the production of indicators are among the topics that will come up during the deliberations.
The workshop is the first of its kind being implemented in accordance with the instructions of the governor for the formation of urban observatories in the city and affiliated municipalities.
This is part of the adoption of a package of new indicators related to Haj and Umrah mechanism surveys, relating to social, economic and developmental issues that will be studied in future monitoring sessions in coordination with both the Islamic University and the Taibah University as well as the specialized scientific centers.
The workshop follows the completion of the establishment of urban observatories for Madinah, Ais and Wadi Al-Far.


Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

Updated 19 August 2018
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Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

  • Thousands of electric vehicles will be on hand for people unable to walk far
  • A team of maintenance staff has also been employed to ensure the vehicles remain in working order

DUBAI: A fleet of 700 electric vehicles and hundreds of wheelchairs have been provided by the Saudi Department of Mobility Services at the Grand Mosque to help elderly and disabled pilgrims perform Hajj, state news agency SPA reported.

The electric vehicles are being maintained by a special team of staff, including supervisors, technicians and administrators.

Meanwhile the General Presidency of the two holy mosques has launched the “umbrella for every pilgrim” program.

The umbrellas are being distributed to protect people from the Saudi sun.