British PM hails Dar Al-Hekma role in women’s empowerment

Updated 08 November 2012

British PM hails Dar Al-Hekma role in women’s empowerment

JEDDAH: British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his admiration for Dar Al-Hekma College's achievements and accomplishments, and its role in educating and empowering women in Saudi Arabia and the region.
He made the remarks during a visit to the college.
One of the highlights of Cameron’s visit to the college was the round table conference with selected students from the law program, and a few alumnae members.
"It was an inspirational session with a fascinating group of ladies, who will clearly do amazing things for the Kingdom and our world,” he said at the end of the conference.
The prime minister was welcomed at the college by the Dean, Dr. Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi, members of the Board of Trustees, senior management, students and the faculty. “It brings us great pleasure and pride to host British Prime Minister David Cameron at our campus,” said Al-Qurashi.
Al-Qurashi said that among DAH’s various academic programs, it had the distinction of offering one of the best legal programs for women in the Kingdom.


Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents

Updated 06 July 2020

Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has opened Hajj registration for foreign residents in the Kingdom, saying they will make up 70 percent of the pilgrims this year.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that health standards would be the main determinant for choosing the pilgrims participating this season. 
It said registration is now open at localhaj.haj.gov.sa and will be available for five days starting Monday. 
The Kingdom scaled down the number of participants taking part this year to curb the spread of coronavirus due to the health risks involved. 
The ministry said the percentage of non-Saudis who are already residents in the Kingdom will be 70 percent of the total number of pilgrims.
Saudi citizens will make up the remaining 30 percent, with the ritual restricted to medical professionals and security personnel who have recovered from the virus, the ministry said.
They will be selected through the database of coronavirus recoverers, in appreciation of their role during the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia announced last month it would hold a “very limited” Hajj and has decided to exclude pilgrims arriving from outside the Kingdom to avoid the spread of coronavirus.