Saudi scouts help monitor prices near Grand Mosque in Makkah

1 / 4
Members of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, serving Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, have been in joint efforts with staff at the Ministry of Trade and Investment. (SPA)
2 / 4
Members of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, serving Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, have been in joint efforts with staff at the Ministry of Trade and Investment. (SPA)
3 / 4
Members of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, serving Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, have been in joint efforts with staff at the Ministry of Trade and Investment. (SPA)
4 / 4
Members of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, serving Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, have been in joint efforts with staff at the Ministry of Trade and Investment. (SPA)
Updated 06 June 2018

Saudi scouts help monitor prices near Grand Mosque in Makkah

MAKKAH: Saudi scouts help monitor prices near Grand Mosque in Makkah
Members of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association, serving Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque, have been in joint efforts with staff at the Ministry of Trade and Investment to monitor commodity prices in Makkah.
The scouts are ensuring that sellers are adhering to price tags on items and are keeping an eye on attempts of commercial fraud.
Scout head Abdel Aziz AbdulRahman Al-Ghanam said the cooperation has intensified its effort during the last ten days of Ramadan, by dedicating several scout units to aid the ministry in detecting any violations.
The scouting units are spread across the central areas surrounding the Grand Mosque joined by ministry officials.
The units also help detect damaged goods, and anything unfit for human consumption.
The scouts received training on the hands of ministry officials on the mechanism of quality control.
They succeeded in the past days of detecting items that are replicas of high-end brands being sold to consumers, as well as items that aren’t abiding by the ministry’s policies.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 29 min 2 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.