Makkah pedestrian pathways provide integrated services to assist Hajj pilgrims

Updated 26 August 2017

Makkah pedestrian pathways provide integrated services to assist Hajj pilgrims

MAKKAH: The secretariat of the holy capital implemented a plan to pave and prepare pedestrian pathways at the holy sites which are now more accommodating to all pilgrims, including those with special needs, the elderly, and those who use wheelchairs.
The project included replacing the former asphalt and adding benches along the route, and rehabilitating the restrooms by renovating toilets and the lighting. It also includes providing free cold water during the whole pilgrimage journey on these pathways from Arafat to Muzdalifa or Muzdalifa to Mina.
The secretariat confirmed that paving the pedestrian pathways at the holy sites is an important initiative since 15 percent of the pilgrims take these roads.
The initiative was taken to develop services offered to pilgrims in performing Hajj with all ease and security, and to fulfill the expectations of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to serve the pilgrims.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.