Over 1 million tried to log on local Hajj online service in early hours

Updated 28 July 2017

Over 1 million tried to log on local Hajj online service in early hours

JEDDAH: Over 1,200,000 citizens and residents on Monday tried to log on the local Hajj online service website at 8 a.m., on the first day of registration, according to Makkah daily.
This made it difficult to register because of the tremendous volume of traffic caused by the attempts to log on the website, according to the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj Affairs, Hussein bin Nasser Al-Sharif.
Al-Sharif said in a televised interview on Wednesday that about 992,000 wanted to log on and review and book programs. “About 85,000 pilgrims were able to register within 48 hours; however there are about 108,000 seats that were not booked,” he said.
Al-Sharif has also noted that “the registration numbers are not fixed due to probable cancelation of reservations from applicants, or in the event of a company not being able to provide the service. Then, the ministry will add waiting-listed seats in place of those who cancel their reservations.”
He stated that reservations in the low-cost and affordable Hajj programs are almost fully booked online.
The president of the coordinating council of institutions and companies serving local pilgrims, Abdulrahman Al-Haqbani, said that the local Hajj online service website made it easier for citizens to register for Hajj programs and to review about 180 companies to choose the program which they want.
On Wednesday, 109 pilgrims arrived at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah from South Africa, representing the first group of non-Arab African pilgrims to perform the rituals this year.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 53 min 21 sec ago

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.