Ministry pledges to further improve Hajj services

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its partners in the Hajj system are constantly endeavoring to improve pilgrims’ experience. (SPA)
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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its partners in the Hajj system are constantly endeavoring to improve pilgrims’ experience. (SPA)
Updated 12 November 2018

Ministry pledges to further improve Hajj services

  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its partners in the Hajj system are constantly endeavoring to improve pilgrims’ experience

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, represented by the Vision Achievement Office, recently organized a workshop under the theme “The comprehensive scheme for pilgrims’ movement within the Hajj system, milestones and visualization.”
The undersecretary of the Hajj Ministry for Hajj Affairs, Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif, said the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its partners in the Hajj system are constantly endeavoring to improve pilgrims’ experience and enrich this trip, thanks to the unwavering support and attention of the Saudi leadership which spares no effort to improve pilgrims’ experience and provide superior services so that they can perform their rituals with ease and comfort.
He said the ministry is working according to a new perspective to reach “smart pilgrims’ traffic,” stressing that this workshop is a practical application to search for best practices and solutions.

 


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”

 

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