Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
Updated 26 May 2019

Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip was held on the 17th day of Ramadan (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir” (Friend of the Pilgrim) initiative in partnership with the Sawt Al-Asm association in Jeddah.

A bus of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts from the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next they arrived at the Grand Mosque, where the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed iftar meals, and received souvenirs.

“Sadiq Almutamir” focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between young Saudis, as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences.

Launched late last year, the initiative “focuses on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally, contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” the ministry said in a statement.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.