Second group of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arrives in Madinah

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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Indonesia pilgrims get a warm welcome as they arrive at the airport in Madinah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 July 2019

Second group of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims arrives in Madinah

  • 36,800 Algerians performing Hajj this year

MADINAH/ALGIERS: The plane carrying the second group of Indonesian pilgrims as part of the “Makkah Route” initiative arrived at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah with 393 pilgrims on board.

The pilgrims will perform Hajj this year and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.

In statements to SPA, the pilgrims thanked Saudi Arabia for its hospitality and for the initiative that helped to facilitate their travel and entry into the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, up to 36,800 Algerians have registered their names, intending to perform the coming Hajj, Saudi Ambassador to Algeria Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al-Omairini said, adding that the Kingdom was sparing no effort to best serve pilgrims.

At a press conference in Algiers, the ambassador said that the embassy had already issued 2,885 entry visas for various purposes, with 7,000 e-visas earmarked for Hajj. 

He said that Hajj-related flights from Algiers to the holy sites are set to start on July 15 and continue until Aug. 6.

 

 


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.