King Salman holds annual reception for senior officials performing Hajj

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted an annual reception for heads of states and dignitaries performing Hajj this year. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted an annual reception for heads of states and dignitaries performing Hajj this year. (SPA)
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King Salman meets New Zealand police superintendent Naila Hassan in Mina on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 13 August 2019

King Salman holds annual reception for senior officials performing Hajj

  • King Salman said the Kingdom has made the safety of pilgrims the the top of their concerns
  • Guests from Yemen, Djibouti, Guinea, Iraq and Mauritania attended the reception

MINA, Saudi Arabia: King Salman held his annual reception on Monday for heads of state, Islamic dignitaries, guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, government bodies, and heads of delegations and pilgrim affairs offices who performed Hajj this year.
At the Royal Court of Mina Palace in Makkah, the guests were led by Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi; Djibouti’s Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed; Guinea’s Prime Minister Dr. Ibrahim Kasuri Fofana; former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, head of the ruling party of Mauritius, Shaukat Sudhan, who is also in charge of Hajj affairs; President of the Malaysian People’s Justice Party Anwar Ibrahim; Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wan Azizah bint Wan Ismail, who is also minister of women, family and community development; and speakers of houses of representatives from a number of Islamic countries.
In his speech, King Salman said: “In Hajj, the fundamental call of Islam is reflected in the unity of the nation, as in this great gathering in these holy sites at one time and in one place, responding to the call of Allah for Hajj to the ancient house of Allah, leaving behind the adornment of the worldly life.
“Allah has honored Saudi Arabia to serve the Two Holy Mosques and the guests of Allah, a service we are proud of; we have made their care and safety the top of our concerns and harnessed everything that helps them to perform their Hajj by integrated projects aiming to facilitate the performance of Hajj and the safety of visitors to the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, complementing the great efforts exerted by the kings of this country since the era of its founder, the late King Abdul Aziz.”
Later, King Salman arrived in Jeddah having been reassured of the comfort of pilgrims and their Hajj journey in Makkah and the sacred places on the outskirts of the holy capital, and of the quality of the services and facilities that enabled them to perform their rituals in ease and safety.
Upon departure from the Royal Court, the king was seen off by Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, and a number of senior officials.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 17 min 40 sec ago

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.