Pilgrim’s progress: Moroccan completes 4-year cycle epic for Hajj

Ghulam Yassin started his journey in January 2017. (Photo/Social media)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Pilgrim’s progress: Moroccan completes 4-year cycle epic for Hajj

JEDDAH: A young Moroccan has finally arrived in time for Hajj in the Kingdom after a 4-year journey across 28 countries by foot and bicycle.
In a video shared widely on social media, Ghulam Yassin said he arrived in Saudi Arabia about seven months ago after years spent walking and cycling. He started his journey in January 2017.
“I spent four years traveling on foot just to reach Makkah so that I can perform Hajj,” said Yassin.
Saudi media personality Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi traveled to Abha, where the Moroccan traveler is staying, to welcome him and share his story.
“We came all the way from Qassim to meet you. You are our guest and the guest of every home in the Kingdom. We are so happy to have you,” said Al-Mutairi.
He was moved by Yassin’s goal and wanted to ease his travels. He placed his 26 kg backpack and bicycle in the back of a car and drove to see where Yassin sleeps.
Yassin sleeps in a portable tent filled with his personal belongings and cooking utensils.
He was planning to perform Hajj this year but had to postpone his goal because of the pandemic. He decided to stay in Abha because of its cool climate and natural beauty.
“The Kingdom limited the number of pilgrims this year to protect our health,” Yassin said. “So I decided to come to the south and enjoy my time because the weather is beautiful. I wasn’t expecting the area to be this beautiful,” he added.
“I walked from Makkah to Madinah on foot, following the journey of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The pandemic reached the Kingdom by the time I reached Madinah,” he said.
“I experienced warm hospitality every day in the Kingdom,” said the Moroccan.
Al-Mutairi and his group wanted to make sure Yassin stayed in comfort and surprised him with the offer of a well-stocked caravan.
The group made him Arabic coffee and sang traditional songs celebrating his stay in the Kingdom. Yassin documented the celebration and thanked his hosts.
A member of Al-Mutairi’s group joined the celebration and said: “The reason we came to Abha so fast was because we were touched by your story. I, too, want to gift you something. We will take care of your Hajj expenses for next year.”
Yassin was overwhelmed with emotion and cried with joy.
The traveler called his mother and told her about the surprise for next year. “I have wonderful news for you. My Saudi friends will take care of your Hajj journey next year,” he said, adding that she has never visited Makkah before.
Al-Mutairi and his group were overjoyed to make Yassin and his family’s Hajj wish come true.


Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

Updated 24 September 2020

Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

JEDDAH: The Public Investment Fund’s National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) has opened a new automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City that provides comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health sector.
This is part of NUPCO’s efforts to support the health sector and provide smart supply chains and high-quality logistical services in a partnership agreement with a pioneering private company.
The warehouse is one of NUPCO’s largest warehouses in the Kingdom, with an area covering 300,000 square meters. It is fully automated, with the latest technologies and advanced logistical services.
Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, the CEO of NUPCO, said that the warehouse represented the strategic partnership between NUPCO and private sector companies for public health facilities at its best.
It will provide advanced medical services and contribute to the health of the Saudi community.
He noted that after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic NUPCO equipped the warehouse in record time to increase the level of support for health facilities.