Makkah Route should extend to Uzbekistan: Envoy

Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ulugbek Maksudov. (Social media)
Updated 05 August 2019

Makkah Route should extend to Uzbekistan: Envoy

  • About 6,000 pilgrims from 72 countries will perform Hajj this year as part of the program

JEDDAH: Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ulugbek Maksudov has said that the Makkah Route initiative is a very useful project to serve Hajj pilgrims.

Speaking to Arab News, Maksudov expressed his gratitude and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for providing the best services and security for pilgrims.
He added that the Makkah Route initiative was expected to serve more than 225,000 pilgrims passing through airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tunisia this year, and that in the future he would like to see it extended to his own country.
“All necessary measures have been taken to create favorable conditions for pilgrims, as well as reduction of cost of the Hajj,” said Maksudov.

NUMBER

96m - According to the General Authority for Statistics, the Kingdom has served more than 95.85 million Hajj pilgrims in the last 50 years.

This year 7,200 pilgrims from Uzbekistan will perform Hajj. “We opened more ports in Uzbekistan to facilitate our pilgrims,” he added.
The number of pilgrims arriving via the Makkah Route initiative has reached 164,040. The services include issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements and sorting luggage at airports in the pilgrims’ own countries.

Guests program
So far this Hajj season, 911 pilgrims from 37 countries have arrived in Makkah as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.
About 6,000 pilgrims from 72 countries will perform Hajj this year as part of the program, the SPA reported.


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.