More than 1.5 million Hajj pilgrims benefit from e-services

The e-services helped pilgrims perform their Hajj with ease. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2019
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More than 1.5 million Hajj pilgrims benefit from e-services

  • Broadcasting via Wi-Fi technology made content available on screens, covering an area of 100 cubic meters indoors, and 360 cubic meters outdoors, for the largest number of beneficiaries

RIYADH: A total of 1,519,427 pilgrims benefited from the electronic services provided by the General Presidency of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice during this year’s Hajj season. The e-services were provided during the first period of Hajj through digital awareness tools in 15 different languages, as instructed by the general president of the commission, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, to help pilgrims perform their Hajj with ease.  
The commission, represented by the Committee of Awareness, Guidance and Publications, developed its services for Hajj, and provided many programs and digital initiatives that made it easier for visitors to complete their pilgrimage.
One of the most useful e-services were screens and interactive devices that worked around the clock, where the user could experience audio, video and printed guidance materials in 15 languages. A total of 113,625 pilgrims benefited from these services, which also offered instruction manuals and download links on how to better use them.
Broadcasting via Wi-Fi technology made content available on screens, covering an area of 100 cubic meters indoors, and 360 cubic meters outdoors, for the largest number of beneficiaries. Each screen offered services to 6,000 pilgrims at the same time through wireless technology.
Users could download the content directly to their mobile phones without the need to go through the internet, as screens contained 210 guidance materials, 1,207 audio materials, 32 books, and screens that featured 5,760 guidance segments 24 hours a day.
The presidency provided its new services in its steering centers in addition to King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Taif International Airport, Haramain High-Speed Railway Station, Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz International Airport and Al-Qassim Railway Station.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC). Her appointment was approved by the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday.

Al-Mutairi received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University, and her Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds a postdoctorate in molecular biology and genetics from Harvard School of Public Health. 

She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health between 1998 and 2000. Later that year, she joined PerkinElmer as a microarray scientist in Chicago.

In 2003, Al-Mutairi began her ten-year career with Aramco, first as a preventive medicine adviser and from 2007 as an administrator of general medical relations.

In 2009, she served as chief of quality improvement and risk management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services, moving in 2011 to be administrator of the workforce planning and analytics division. In 2012, she was appointed as the manager of the medical support services department. 

Al-Mutairi was the manager of the Johns Hopkins Aramco joint venture integration project between 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she took up the post of senior adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment until 2017, when she became assistant minister for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in 2018.