Saudi Arabia praised for successful Hajj season

The General Authority for Statistics said that the number of male pilgrims who performed Hajj this year reached 1,385,234, while the number of female pilgrims was 1,104,172. (SPA)
Updated 13 August 2019

Saudi Arabia praised for successful Hajj season

  • Chechnya President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov extended his congratulations to the king and crown prince on Eid Al-Adha

MINA: King Salman received a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Erdogan also lauded the success of Saudia Arabia’s Hajj plans, praising the efforts under the king’s leadership to facilitate the annual pilgrimage for millions of Muslims.
King Salman said the Kingdom would do everything it could so that pilgrims could perform their rituals with ease, security and safety.
Chechnya President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov also extended his congratulations to the king and crown prince on Eid Al-Adha.
He praised Saudi Arabia for its achievements and services at the holy sites of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, stressing that these efforts were appreciated and welcomed by all Muslims.
He said the success of the Hajj was a message to anyone doubting the Kingdom’s leading role in the service of the Two Holy Mosques, calling on all Muslims to support Saudi Arabia in the challenges it faced.
The secretary-general of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, also congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
Al-Tuwaijri praised the Kingdom’s massive development projects, which are aimed at serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques.
Egypt’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Omar Marwan expressed his appreciation for the king and crown prince’s services to Hajj. He said that the good planning and wealth of experience among Saudi authorities and agencies meant that pilgrims were able to move between sites smoothly, as well as perform their Hajj rituals with ease.
The chairman of the African Scholars Forum, Sheikh Mohammed Alhafiz Alnahawi, remarked on the development of services provided to pilgrims in Makkah, the holy sites and Madinah.


Ahmed Al-Balawi, Director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization

Ahmed Al-Balawi
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Ahmed Al-Balawi, Director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization

  • National Project Management Organization since

Ahmed Al-Balawi has been the director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization since May 2016.
Al-Balawi did his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1989. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu as a mechanical engineer in 1997. During his tenure at the commission, he served in key positions and continued to climb the ladder to become the general manager of technical affairs in 2010.
Mashroat is the government arm enabling infrastructure projects. It provides consultancy and technical support to government agencies in project management, operation, and maintenance to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the national infrastructure, as well as ensuring the projects are in line with global best practices and meet the aspirations of Vision 2030.
Mashroat and King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) signed a memorandum of understanding to raise the efficiency of KFCA’s facility and asset management as well as its overall operation and maintenance practices as it embarks on ambitious plans to build a second causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Commenting on the deal, Al-Balawi said: “Our role will be to help them (KFCA) benefit from global standards and enhance the facility and asset management operation.
“Our partnerships represent positive progress towards achieving facility management at an international level and raising the overall efficiency and sustainability of major infrastructure projects.”