Child nurseries a first for Hajj

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Muslim parents performing Hajj can soon opt to leave their young children under the care of nurseries with the launch of a new service in Makkah. (SPA photo)
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Muslim parents performing Hajj can soon opt to leave their young children under the care of nurseries with the launch of a new service in Makkah. (SPA photo)
Updated 20 August 2018

Child nurseries a first for Hajj

  • Worshippers with children can register for the service during their completion of the Hajj permit application via the ministry’s electronic services
  • Children are received during Hajj season starting from the seventh of the month of Dhu Al-Hijja until the 13th

JEDDAH: Children’s nurseries will be available to Hajj pilgrims for the first time following the launch of a nursery service inside Makkah and Madinah.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in cooperation with the Ministry of Education launched the nursery service to provide a safe and educational environment for children under the supervision of qualified staff. 

Nurseries will also offer shelter from large crowds and limit children’s exposure to illness or potential accidents in the holy sites. Pilgrims can perform their rituals in peace, knowing their children are in good hands, a ministry spokesman said.

Worshippers with children can register for the service during their completion of the Hajj permit application via the ministry’s electronic services. 

The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and Tatweer Co. for Educational Services are also involved in the initiative. 

Children are received during Hajj season starting from the seventh of the month of Dhu Al-Hijja until the 13th. They are divided according to their age groups.

Five languages are available to teach children: Arabic, English, French, Malay and Turkish. 

The Ministry of Education has completed preparation stages of its health and educational program to host children from the age of one month to six years in seasonal kindergartens.

The opening of nurseries and kindergartens is subject to licensing by the ministry representing the Agency of Private Education.

The education ministry’s security system will ensure children’s safety. A documentation process on entry and exit of the child is done through fingerprints, which confirms the identity of the child as well as their parents. The system works in cooperation with security authorities.

Security measures also include prohibiting non-authorized persons from entering the facility, with security cameras fitted for this purpose.


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.