More than a million ‘sacrificial’ animals ready for Hajj

A Saudi man shops for sheep at a livestock market in the southwestern province of Jazan. More than 1 million livestock are expected to be butchered for sacrifice for this year’s Hajj pilgrims. (SPA file photo)
Updated 08 August 2019

More than a million ‘sacrificial’ animals ready for Hajj

MAKKAH: More than 1 million livestock have been readied for meat sacrifice to cater for this year’s Hajj pilgrims, Saudi officials have announced.

And an army of more than 40,000 operators, technicians and supervisors will be working around the clock to meet the demand of worshippers, said Dr. Bandar Al-Hajjar, chairman of both the Islamic Development Bank Group and the committee overseeing the project.

Meanwhile, the Saudi General Authority for Statistics revealed figures showing 30,908 individuals (8,685 of them women) would be employed in providing health and emergency services during Hajj. These included workers for the Ministry of Health, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority as well as those providing health services from the security and military sectors.

The total number of medical and ambulance personnel employed during the Hajj season was put at 1,141, and the authority said that health, therapeutic, preventive and ambulance services for pilgrims would be provided free by the Ministry of Health through specialized teams of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and administrators with a staff of more than 27,797. SPA Jeddah

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has also allocated 132 temporary relief centers, 370 ambulances, 20 bicycles and 2,811 people for emergency teams and manpower in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites to cover all medical and emergency services for pilgrims.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority, with a staff of 300, will be responsible for supervising food, medicines, medical devices and products being brought by pilgrims and Hajj missions.

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

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Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan


LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.