Volunteers step up to provide services to worshipers in Makkah

Volunteers step up to provide services to worshipers in Makkah
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Updated 17 November 2020

Volunteers step up to provide services to worshipers in Makkah

Volunteers step up to provide services to worshipers in Makkah

MAKKAH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) has confirmed that a large number of people have stepped up this year to volunteer in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, eager to serve pilgrims after months of the mosque’s closure due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Only a small number of volunteers were taken in, however, due to the need to maintain social distancing and ensure the safety of pilgrims.

Director of the voluntary work at the SRCA in Makkah, Hanaa Al-Shamrani, told Arab News that in the first week of Umrah, volunteers were eager to serve pilgrims.

“Applications were received from all Saudi cities and towns without exception, but due to the current circumstances, the SRCA only accepted applications from Makkah to provide quality services in line with predefined health protocols,” she said.

Over 300 volunteers, including doctors, engineers and health practitioners, are providing first-aid services and raising awareness among pilgrims regarding the measures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, such as observing social distance and wearing masks.

Volunteers speak Urdu, English, and Turkish, among other languages they have acquired over the years by coming into contact with pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah seasons in Makkah.

“First-aid services are mainly provided for patients with diabetes and blood pressure issues, as well as those who have been exposed to heat stress and sunstrokes and those suffering from small wounds,” said Al-Shamrani. “Volunteers deal with these cases in a very professional manner, and serious cases are sent to nearby hospitals.”

She added that before the pandemic, volunteers used to distribute gifts to pilgrims, including prayer beads, rugs and light snacks, but this is no longer possible due to the virus.

SRCA Spokesman Abdul Aziz Badamoan told Arab News that its voluntary team started working in the Grand Mosque on Friday, in four different locations, with 20 female and 26 male volunteers.

“Volunteers have been providing various services in all the mosque’s corners, covering the halls, squares and prayer places allocated for women,” he said.
 


Saudi crown prince receives letter from Kuwaiti counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince receives letter from Kuwaiti counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
  • The message dealt with the strong and solid bilateral relations, and ways to enhance them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday received a written message from his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, regarding relations and the deep-rooted historical ties that bind the two countries and peoples, and ways to strengthen and develop them in all fields.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, during a meeting with Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in the capital, Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 38 new infections
  • The health ministry says 52 patients have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours
  • Municipalities close 35 businesses and issue fines to 72 others for violating precautionary measures

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,765.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 38 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 547,969 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 100 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with six, Makkah with three, and Buraidah and Dammam confirmed two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 52 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 536,999.
Over 44.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 20.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Meanwhile, Saudi municipalities have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,222 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities on Sunday, and found 72 businesses in violation of the precautionary measures.
Hail Municipality also carried out 635 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past week and authorities closed 35 commercial outlets for breaching protocols.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 241 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.91 million.


Saudi king receives letter from Oman’s sultan on bilateral relations

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi king receives letter from Oman’s sultan on bilateral relations

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
  • The message dealt with the strong and solid bilateral relations, and ways to enhance them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a written message from Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, regarding the strong and solid relations between the two countries and peoples, and ways to support and enhance them in various fields and at all levels.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, where he welcomed the Omani minister and his delegation accompanying to their second country, Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest.


3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia
Updated 18 October 2021

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia
  • The dancers were in Saudi Arabia to inaugurate a theater
  • Their vehicles crashed while on an excursion in the desert

ROME: Three Italian dancers and another person died in a car crash in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Italy’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday.

The dancers, all in their early 30s, were identified as Antonio Caggianelli, Giampiero Giarri and Nicolas Esposto. The fourth victim has not been named.

The dancers were in the Kingdom with a 10-strong all-Italian troupe to inaugurate a theater. Sunday was their day off and they had decided to go on an excursion in the desert.

For reasons as yet unknown, their vehicles crashed into a gully and overturned. Another three Italians were involved in the accident. One is in serious condition while the other two were unhurt.

Caggianelli had a leading role in the latest edition of the Notte della Taranta, one of the most prestigious summer dancing events in southern Italy.


Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers
  • The exercise also included air forces from other friendly countries

ABU DHABI: The Saudi Royal Air Force took part in the Missile Air War Center 2021 maneuvers on Sunday in Al-Dhafra Airbase in the UAE.

The exercise also included air forces from other friendly countries.

The exercise commander, Col. Pilot Ayedh Bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, said that the exercises kicked off with the highest levels of professionalism and safety measures.

The Saudi armed forces took advantage of previous experiences in similar exercises, he said, adding that the exercise included several stages and was preceded by the formation of working groups and preparatory meetings.

Al-Qahtani added that the drill aimed to raise the combat readiness level of the Saudi Royal Air Force, as well as enhance the operational ties between the SRAF and the participating counterparts.

He added that the drill included activities ranging from targeting enemy air defenses to tactical air operations, striking hostile targets, detecting and destroying enemy radar sites, intercepting enemy aircraft, and conducting strategic attack operations and air support operations for ground forces.

He noted that the participation of air forces from multiple countries in the drill helped develop scenarios that mimic what can happen on the ground, as it enables the participants to communicate and enhance their practical experiences.