Violations by Hajj pilgrims dropped 29% compared to 2018, says Prince Khalid Al-Faisal

Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said all Saudis were proud of the efforts they made to help pilgrims during their stay in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2019

Violations by Hajj pilgrims dropped 29% compared to 2018, says Prince Khalid Al-Faisal

  • Prince Khalid told the media that health services were provided for more than 500,000 pilgrims

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for supervising the services offered to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Khalid said all Saudis were proud of the efforts made to help pilgrims during their stay in the Kingdom.
He thanked local and international media representatives for their coverage of the pilgrimage, telling a press conference in Mina that the number of Hajj pilgrims this year reached 2,489,406.
Of these, 1,855,027 were from outside the Kingdom and 634,379 were from inside Saudi Arabia.
He said that the number of people violating Hajj permit and entry regulations was 298,379, a 29 percent drop from last year’s figure.
The Makkah governor said that more than 350,000 people had worked to provide pilgrims with support and services.  He also said that 35,000 volunteers, in addition to 120,000 security personnel, 30,000 health practitioners and 200,000 workers from other sectors, had contributed to the success of the Hajj season.
Prince Khalid told the media that health services were provided for more than 500,000 pilgrims. As many as 173 hospitals, health centers, and mobile clinics with a capacity of 5,000 beds were available. Health professionals carried out 336 open heart operations and cardiac catheterizations, as well as 2,700 other procedures.


Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate project cornerstone to be laid Tuesday

The event comes as the country continues its transformation plans in line with Vision 2030. (SPA)
Updated 26 min 45 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate project cornerstone to be laid Tuesday

  • Diriyah Gate Project will kick off in earnest at the beginning of 2020, and will be one of the biggest projects within the Kingdom’s plans, at a cost of more than SR64 billion

RIYADH: The adobe city of Diriyah, the birthplace of the Saudi nation, is hosting the cornerstone-laying event organized by the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA,) on Tuesday night, to inaugurate the Diriyah Gate project.

It aims to restore the historical city as a cultural heritage project, and restore it to its former state, to become a local and international tourist destination.

The event comes as the country continues its transformation plans in line with Vision 2030, with Diriyah considered one of the most prominent destinations for tourism and culture. The event will also feature fireworks and a performance by an Orchestra.

Diriyah Gate Project will kick off in earnest at the beginning of 2020, and will be one of the biggest projects within the Kingdom’s plans, at a cost of more than SR64 billion ($17 billion).

It will become a mixed-use traditional urban community, home to over 100,000 tourists, guests, residents and students at a time.

It is hoped Diriyah Gate will attract 25 to 30 million visitors annually, to enjoy word-class cultural, educational and recreational facilities, including museums and galleries that will offer visitors interactive and fun experiences.

The project will also include exhibitions, restaurants and arts academies that will launch educational initiatives in local specializations, including Arabic calligraphy, Islamic arts, Najdi architectural style, Najdi cuisine arts, theater, and Arab music.