King Salman’s guests visit historical sites in Madinah

Hajj pilgrims visited King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, Quba Mosque and Martyrs of Uhud in Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 16 August 2019

King Salman’s guests visit historical sites in Madinah

  • The Kingdom has served more than 95.85 million Hajj pilgrims in the last 50 years

MADINAH: Thousands of pilgrims have visited King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, Quba Mosque, Martyrs of Uhud and a number of historical sites in Madinah. The guests, who came as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, described the complex as a great edifice to serve Islam and Muslims all over the world.
The pilgrims also expressed their thanks and appreciation to the king for enabling them to perform Hajj this season.
As many as 6,500 pilgrims from 79 countries were hosted by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, which supervised the implementation of the program. There have been 53,747 beneficiaries of the program since its inauguration.
The pilgrims expressed their congratulations to the Saudi leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
The guests said that they valued the services accorded to them during their stay in the holy sites and Makkah while performing Hajj at the expense of King Salman.
There were 2,489,406 pilgrims at this year’s Hajj, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT), and 1,855,027 of them came from outside the Kingdom. There were 634,379 domestic pilgrims, of whom 67 percent were non-Saudi.
The authority stated that the number of male pilgrims reached 1,385,234, while the number of female pilgrims was 1,104,172.
Last year, more than 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.
The Kingdom has served more than 95.85 million Hajj pilgrims in the last 50 years.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.