Makkah Municipality ready for Hajj season

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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites. (SPA)
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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites. (SPA)
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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites. (SPA)
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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites. (SPA)
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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites. (SPA)
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Updated 27 July 2020

Makkah Municipality ready for Hajj season

  • More than 18,000 workers ready to serve pilgrims

JEDDAH: Makkah Municipality announced the readiness of its operational plan for this year’s Hajj in line with precautionary measures to protect pilgrims from contracting COVID-19.

The municipality has recruited over 18,490 workers to implement its plan for the Hajj season this year to provide the best services to the pilgrims.
There are 28 new and fully equipped service centers spread across the holy sites in addition to sub-municipalities.
More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites, particularly in crowded places and on peak days. There are 87,900 compact garbage containers placed underground in the Mina area.
There will be a number of teams and committees to monitor markets, food stores, and restaurants around the clock.
These public health activities will target grocers, restaurants, cafeterias, barber salons, laundries, bakeries, and other services.
These teams will test food on an ongoing basis and destroy damaged materials, manage prices, supervise water sanitization, and monitor slaughterhouses as they have the highest operational capacities during the season.
They will carry out field tours to detect any epidemic cases between animals and to ensure the safety of meat provided to people.
Makkah Municipality will also increase its supervision and maintenance work on electricity networks, roads, tunnels, bridges, toilets, and torrent drainage networks in addition to allocating an emergency unit and support teams to deal with situations such as fire and heavy rain.

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More than 13,500 cleaners with the latest equipment will work for 24 hours across the city and holy sites, particularly in crowded places and on peak days.

Makkah Mayor Mohammed Abdullah Al-Quwaihis said that the plan was based on Saudi Arabia’s decision to limit this year’s Hajj to people already living in the Kingdom.
He said that the municipality had mobilized its energy, human and material resources to achieve a successful and safe Hajj season, with support from teams in other sectors and municipalities, as well as from public security and scout groups.
Al-Quwaihis added that the municipality was doing its best to ensure the provision of all services for pilgrims so they could perform their Hajj rituals in ease, comfort, and safety under the follow-up and guidance of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, his deputy Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, and the minister of municipal and rural affairs, Majid Al-Hogail.
The General Directorate of Civil Defense has started an awareness campaign to educate pilgrims and workers on ways to stay safe in case of an emergency.
Messages are delivered to pilgrims through SMS as well as guide boards, screens, and televisions across holy sites and inside pilgrim accommodation.


Saudi artists beautify Riyadh with Arabic calligraphy

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Saudi artists beautify Riyadh with Arabic calligraphy

  • Roads and tunnels among sites being decorated

RIYADH: Saudi artists are decorating Riyadh with Arabic calligraphy, as part of the municipality’s efforts to beautify the capital.

The capital is witnessing a transformation, with several development projects underway that aim to improve people’s standards of living and ensure a sustainable environment in line with international standards. 

There are efforts underway to make Riyadh greener, in addition to gracing the city’s infrastructure with artwork. 

One of the people involved in the calligraphy initiative, graffiti artist Noura bin Saidan, said she wanted the city to be the most beautiful in the world in terms of art and design.

“The initiative was launched in March 2020,” she told Arab News. “I designed the place and chose the appropriate colors for the tunnel on King Khalid Road, which is near the heritage city of Diriyah. The colors I used are also inspired by the city’s heritage. We took advantage of this opportunity to participate in the Year of Arabic Calligraphy 2020, which is led by the Ministry of Culture.”

She used the Thuluth font to write the words of Saudi Arabia’s national anthem as the country’s National Day was approaching, and said the idea was to open up a wider space for artists to participate in such projects.

“After getting approval for the design, we selected several artists based on their experience in this type of art.”

Bin Saidan is vice president of the arts and architecture division of the Omran Society and owns a studio called ns4art. Her passion for graffiti and murals began with her master’s thesis about the role of art in beautifying roads and tunnels.

“10 years later the dream came true and I started coloring Riyadh,” she said.

The artists have moved to the next tunnel, on King Fahd Road, named Cairo Square, which was one of the activities of Saudi Arabia’s 90th National Day. She said the tunnel project took seven days to complete.

Bin Saidan said that people were happy about the final result and that she had been contacted by municipalities from different parts of the Kingdom about working with them.

Riyadh’s weather and the location of the projects were among the challenges that Bin Saidan and her team faced, as most of the sites were on highways.

And, while beautifying roads and tunnels is not her first project, she considered it one of her major ones.

“There are more projects to come, but we are waiting for the final approval.”