Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims

Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims
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Updated 27 October 2020

Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims

Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims
  • The official delivered these details at a virtual workshop on Monday

MAKKAH: People arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are not supposed to wear Ihram on their arrival, as they have to undergo a three-day quarantine in their hotels, said Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

He said at the end of their hotel stay, their respective Umrah companies will transport them to the nearest “Miqat” to don Ihram and continue with their rituals.

In the third phase of Umrah resumption, which begins on Nov.1, pilgrims from around the world will be allowed to enter the Kingdom. Some 20,000 pilgrims — residents and visitors — can perform rituals daily amid strict social distancing measures.

Al-Maddah said the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) is monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation in every country to help inform the relevant authorities before Umrah arrivals.

The official delivered these details at a virtual workshop on Monday.

He said the Eatmarna app has been downloaded around 3 million times and more than 1.4 million people have applied for permits, with over 1 million being issued for Umrah and prayers in the Grand Mosque.

Al-Maddah said in case of a hike in infections, authorities may limit the number of pilgrims at any point.

He said full medical insurance is mandatory to ensure adequate health care for pilgrims in case of COVID-19 infection or any other health issues.

Al-Maddah said Weqaya will determine which countries can send pilgrims depending on the number of infections. He reassured that Umrah companies will be provided with regular updates.


Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday
Prince Sultan bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 17 January 2021

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday
  • Aims to encourage innovation in technology that contributes to increase their professional freedom

RIYADH: Winners of the the King Salman International Award for Disability Research will be announced on Monday at a press conference in Riyadh.
The aim of the award is to enrich scientific knowledge through qualitative research in different disability fields.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, who is chairman of the board of trustees at the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), established the award to encourage scientific research because he saw prevention, treatment and rehabilitation as the best ways of fighting disability.
The center specializes in carrying out, supporting, and fostering interest in disability research and programs, as well as working with the government and private sectors alongside encouraging scientific research and effective practices in the fields of disability. The award carries the name of King Salman, who has supported KSCDR since it was set up in 1991. KSCDR aims to become a leader in the field of disability research and have a global impact.
The objectives of the award include creating an environment of creativity and scientific excellence that seeks to find adequate methods, means and solutions aimed at preventing or minimizing the effects of disability on the disabled and their families, establishing a culture that fosters scientific research locally, regionally, and internationally, and using scientific research to adapt modern technology to the needs of people with disabilities in order to help them achieve their goals, hopes, and aspirations.

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The sixth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation will be held next January under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman.

It also aims to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in specialist scientific research, enriching the field by showing how to apply research findings to different aspects while serving people with disabilities and their families, discussing scientific issues and contemporary trends to empower them, discussing international scientific expertise in facilitating safe transition from childhood to adulthood, benefiting from evidence-based experiences and practices to face challenges in the field, strengthening partnerships to serve and assist people with disabilities and encouraging innovation in technology that contributes to the empowerment of the disabled and increase their professional freedom.
The sixth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation will be held next January under the patronage of Prince Sultan.