Makkah launches project to improve checkpoints for pilgrims

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The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah. (Supplied)
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The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah. (Supplied)
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The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Makkah launches project to improve checkpoints for pilgrims

  • The security-control center on Al-Shumaisi Road, which links Makkah and Jeddah, is underdoing development and should be fully operational before Ramadan
  • MRDA spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki said that the authority has also begun development of a security-control center in Al-Nawwariyah in northern Makkah

MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) has begun a modernization project of checkpoints for pilgrims undertaking Hajj and Umrah, which should reduce waiting times significantly, it has announced.
The project was launched under instructions from Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and MRDA chairman, and the supervision of Prince Badr bin Sultan, deputy governor of Makkah.


The security-control center on Al-Shumaisi Road, which links Makkah and Jeddah, is underdoing development and should be fully operational before Ramadan. Development work includes increasing the number of traffic lanes to 16, updating the center’s technological infrastructure to increase efficiency, and integrating several government services under one roof. Fifteen percent of the work has already been completed.


MRDA spokesperson Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki said that the authority has also begun development of a security-control center in Al-Nawwariyah in northern Makkah, adding that the new service facilities at the improved centers will also benefit residents of Makkah. Those facilities —  at least in Al-Shumaisi — will include administrative offices, a mosque, a civil defense center, a Red Crescent center, and a building housing other government agencies.


Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen

Updated 03 June 2020

Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen

  • Al-Jaber was appointed ambassador 10 days before the Houthi coup of September 2014

Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber is the Kingdom’s ambassador to Yemen and the executive director of Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations.

He is also the general supervisor of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen. 

Al-Jaber was appointed ambassador 10 days before the Houthi coup of September 2014.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in military sciences from King Abdul Aziz Military College and a master’s degree, also in military sciences, from the Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

He was assigned political and military roles in strategic planning and negotiation, as well as in security, before taking on his role as head of Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic mission in Yemen.

Al-Jaber led the Saudi delegation in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen peace talks in 2015 and the Yemen peace talks in Kuwait in 2016.

He also represented the Saudi Ministry of Defense at the quadrilateral border security dialogue in the US.

The Kingdom co-hosted a UN pledging event on Tuesday, and remains the top backer of the war-ravaged country with a $500 million pledge. Al-Jaber said it was a continuation of Saudi efforts to serve the Yemeni people on all fronts — humanitarian, economic, and development.

Saudi Arabia “is the biggest supporter of Yemen, with a total value of humanitarian and development aid amounting to about $17 billion,” he said.

The envoy highlighted the Kingdom’s humanitarian role and efforts, adding that it topped the donor countries in response to the UN humanitarian plan for Yemen in 2018 with $500 million, $750 million in 2019, and that it was also carrying out initiatives and programs through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.