126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2018

126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

  • Bangladeshi pilgrims were in a good condition and everything, from accommodation to treatment, was going well

DHAKA: The last Hajj flights from Bangladesh will leave for Saudi Arabia this morning.
About 125,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims have already reached the holy city Makkah, on special flights operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines
(Saudia).
The two operators will take the last batch of 1,400 pilgrims from Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, after which the Hajj flights will be closed until Aug. 27.
The Bangladesh government has made extensive efforts to cooperate with the Kingdom in arranging travel plans for pilgrims, said officials in Dhaka.
“Our Ministry of Religious Affairs is highly concerned about the well-being of the pilgrims,” Saiful Islam, director of the Hajj Office in Dhaka, told Arab News.
“About 250 Bangladesh officials, including the staff of the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia, have been deployed at places that the pilgrims will visit while performing the rituals of Hajj,” he told Arab News.
Most of the staff of the Religious Affairs Ministry have been sent to Saudi Arabia to assist Bangladeshi pilgrims and provide them with emergency support, Islam said.
“Three medical camps have been established in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah with 30 doctors and nurses to cater to pilgrims’ medical needs. In case of emergency, arrangements have been made to move a pilgrim in critical condition to specialized local hospitals,” he added.
“This year, so far, everything is under control and running very smoothly,” said M. Shahadat Hossain Taslim, secretary-general of the Hajj Agencies Association of Banglaesh (HAAB).
Speaking to Arab News from Makkah, Taslim expressed his gratitude to the Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia for its “better Hajj management this year.”
“Last year, many Bangladeshi pilgrims faced difficulty due to lack of transport in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah,” he said. “But this year, we have addressed the issue well ahead of time and are not facing any problem in this regard.”
Bangladeshi pilgrims were in a good condition and everything, from accommodation to treatment, was going well, he added.
A total of 126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj this year.
The Hajj flights from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia will be closed after Friday and resume on Aug. 27 to bring the pilgrims back home.


Saudi executive to head Arab League copyright team

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JEDDAH: A Saudi Arabian candidate, Sami Al-Sudais, was named chairman of the Arab League’s Technical Committee for Intellectual Property on Tuesday.
The two-year unanimous appointment recognizes Al-Sudais’ work on intellectual property projects as executive vice president for Intellectual Property Policies and Partnerships at the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority (SAIP).
The decision came during the committee’s fifth meeting, organized by the Department of Intellectual Property and Competitiveness at the Arab League headquarters.
“One of the committee’s chief objectives is to enhance coordination in the domain of intellectual property in Arab countries, unify opinions and benefit from the experiences and capabilities in the Arab countries, and improve the intellectual property system in the Arab countries,” Al-Sudais said.
SAIP initiatives are aimed at strengthening the intellectual property system in the Kingdom in addition to preparing the national strategy for intellectual property, he added.
Intellectual property is a key aspect of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative to encourage business.
“Whenever we ensure that there is a compatible intellectual property system at the national level, we will ensure the facilitation of doing business as well as attracting foreign investment,” Al-Sudais said.