British Muslims laud Saudi Arabia’s efforts during Hajj

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British Consul General Barrie Peach with Rashid Mogradia of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) at a reception in Jeddah. (Photo / Supplied)
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British Consul General Barrie Peach with Rashid Mogradia of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) at a reception in Jeddah. (Photo / Supplied)
Updated 30 August 2018

British Muslims laud Saudi Arabia’s efforts during Hajj

  • Delegation leader Rashid Mogradia thanks Consul General Barrie Peach
  • Peach congratulates CBHUK for supporting the needs of British pilgrims

JEDDAH: British Consul General Barrie Peach on Tuesday met with a delegation from the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK) in Jeddah.
They discussed issues affecting British pilgrims, from Hajj fraud to health and welfare. They lauded Saudi efforts to serve pilgrims and keep Hajj incident-free via enhanced crowd-management techniques.
“I congratulate the CBHUK for the important work they do in supporting the needs of British pilgrims, in close cooperation with the consulate,” said Peach.
Delegation leader Rashid Mogradia thanked Peach “for hosting us and the cooperation extended by his team in the run-up to and during Hajj.”
Mogradia added: “Our ability to engage with local partners, volunteers and local government departments has allowed us to strengthen our network to support British pilgrims in cooperation with the consulate.”
He said: “In particular, we commend the rapid response from the Saudi Health Ministry in deploying a field team of nurses and doctors to a UK tour group in which more than 20 members had reported cases of projectile vomiting and diarrhea. Through our network and support from the ministry, we were able to prevent a possible public health outbreak.”
Prince Islam Elsawy of Elsawy Travel said: “We were honored to host the CBHUK team in our camps and witnessed first-hand the important work they do in supporting British pilgrims in their life-defining journey of Hajj. I extend my thanks and appreciation to the British Consulate team for visiting us and other licensed Hajj organizers in the European camps during Hajj.”


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.