Saudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister

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Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
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Mosques in Makkah will remain closed in accordance with orders from the Minister of Islamic Affairs. (SPA)
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Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister

  • Saudi Arabia records 1,581 new coronavirus cases, 2,460 recoveries, 17 deaths
  • They will also have to perform ablution at home and maintain a 2-meter distance between each other

JEDDAH: The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs announced on Friday the readiness of the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers after he completed field trips to check on necessary preparations.

“Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” said Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh.
“Whatever remains falls upon citizens. I hope that citizens and residents follow healthy precautionary measures as instructed by professionals. I hope that they’re careful with their own lives and the lives of others.”
Meanwhile, the Kingdom recorded 17 new COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, raising the total to 458. There were 1,581 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning 81,766 people have now contracted the disease. There are 24,295 active cases.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom reached 81,766.

The Health Ministry announced that 2,460 more patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 57,013.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 787,465 tests for COVID-19. The Health Ministry said anyone can set up an appointment on the Sehaty app to get tested. The initiative is part of the ministry’s efforts to combat the virus and promote mass testing. The ministry reminded Saudis and expats to be mindful of the elderly as they have a higher risk of contracting the virus.
Saudi authorities launched a detailed timetable on Monday for a three-stage easing of coronavirus restrictions, designed to introduce a return to normal life in the Kingdom in less than a month.


Amal Omar Al-Katheiri, executive manager of local initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies

Amal Omar Al-Katheiri
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Amal Omar Al-Katheiri, executive manager of local initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies

  • Al-Katheiri has successfully led several initiatives at AP, such as the Captinah initiative to pledge 100 cars to Careem female captains to empower women

Amal Omar Al-Katheiri has been the executive manager of local initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies since 2014.
Alwaleed Philanthropies is a charitable organization with a global reach. It initiates projects around the world, regardless of gender, race or religion in collaboration with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organizations.
Al-Katheiri holds a wide range of responsibilities for all local projects and initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP). She is also the main point of contact for AP’s local affiliates and third parties.
Her responsibilities also include creating policies that meet with AP’s objectives, monitoring and improving operational processes and helping in developing key performance indicators for the organization.
One of the key projects that Al-Katheiri currently leads includes the organization’s programs to provide housing units and cars to Saudi citizens.  
She has successfully led several initiatives at AP, such as the Captinah initiative to pledge 100 cars to Careem female captains to empower women.
Al-Katheiri obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospital administration at the King Saud University, Riyadh.
She has an extensive experience in overall organizational development, governmental programs, and management in health care and philanthropic sectors.  
Before joining Alwaleed Philanthropies, she worked as an organization planner at King Abdul Aziz Medical City; case manager for patient affairs at Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Humanitarian City; and served as operations auditor for the Ministry of Social Affairs.