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.”


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah