Mosques across Saudi Arabia prepared to ensure worshippers’ safety

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People practice "social distancing" rules as they worship at a mosque in Al-Baha. (SPA photo)
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People practice "social distancing" rules as they worship at a mosque in Al-Baha. (SPA photo)
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People practice "social distancing" rules as they worship at a mosque in Al-Baha. (SPA photo)
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People practice "social distancing" rules as they worship at a mosque in Al-Baha. (SPA photo)
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Updated 20 June 2020

Mosques across Saudi Arabia prepared to ensure worshippers’ safety

AL-BAHA: The General Directorate of Health Affairs in Al-Baha continues to facilitate worshippers’ entry to mosques for Friday prayers in accordance with precautionary measures.

This comes in cooperation with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, and volunteers who helped worshippers perform Friday prayers in more than 136 mosques in the region.

Mosques have been prepared and sanitized, with stickers placed on each row to keep a safe distance between worshippers.

Meanwhile, Qassim police continue to ensure adherence to measures among worshippers, including social distancing and wearing masks.

Hafr Al-Batin Health Affairs continues to participate in a campaign to educate worshippers under the slogan “Return Carefully,” with more than 90 volunteers in 13 mosques, in coordination with the Mosques, Dawah and Guidance administration in the governorate.

The volunteer teams instruct worshippers to follow necessary health requirements, such as bringing prayer mats for personal use, and washing hands or using sanitizer before and after visiting the mosque.

These awareness campaigns come within the precautionary measures set in place by Saudi authorities to curb the spread of coronavirus.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.