Hajj 2021 explained: Jamarat Bridge

The new bridge was designed by Dar Al-Handasah and constructed by the Saudi Binladin Group. (SPA)
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The new bridge was designed by Dar Al-Handasah and constructed by the Saudi Binladin Group. (SPA)
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Updated 20 July 2021

Hajj 2021 explained: Jamarat Bridge

The new bridge was designed by Dar Al-Handasah and constructed by the Saudi Binladin Group. (SPA)
  • Construction of the bridge started in early 2000, with the ground level and one bridge level that had three openings that led to the pillars

MINA: Jamarat Bridge is a pedestrian bridge in Mina, Makkah. It is used by pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage for two or three days.

The bridge enables pilgrims to perform the Hajj ritual “Stoning of the Devil,” which takes place from the 10th day until before the sunset of the 13th day of the month Dhu Al-Hajjah.

The “Stoning of the Devil” is a ritual where pilgrims throw stones at the three Jamrah pillars, either from the ground level or from the bridge. Jamrah is the singular of Jamarat, the Arabic term for small pieces of stones or pebbles.

Construction of the bridge started in early 2000, with the ground level and one bridge levelthat had three openings that led to the pillars. However, the limited space resulted in fatal accidents, with more than 1 million people gathering in the area of the bridge in total each year.

In 2006, the bridge was demolished and construction expanded to build a new four-story bridge, which temporarily stopped after the ground and first levels were completed. Construction on the remaining two levels has been completed since December 2007.

The new bridge was designed by Dar Al-Handasah and constructed by the Saudi Binladin Group. It contains a wider column-free interior space, longer Jamrah pillars, additional ramps and tunnels for easier access, large canopies to cover each of the three pillars to protect pilgrims from the desert sun, and ramps adjacent to the pillars to speed up evacuation in the event of an emergency.

The efficiency of the bridge had improved, and the structure can now handle 500,000 to 600,000 people per hour instead of the previous 200,000.


Saudi Digital Library offers week of free database access

 The digital library has a wide range of periodicals, tools and information bases. Twitter: (@SDL_sa)
The digital library has a wide range of periodicals, tools and information bases. Twitter: (@SDL_sa)
Updated 21 September 2021

Saudi Digital Library offers week of free database access

 The digital library has a wide range of periodicals, tools and information bases. Twitter: (@SDL_sa)
  • The Library won the best provider of information services and resources for higher and post-secondary education at the Global Exhibition for Education Supplies and Solutions GESS 2019

JEDDAH: The Saudi Digital Library at the Ministry of Education announced the launch of a week-long free access initiative at the Kingdom level for 16 databases that provide digital information sources.
The step is to mark the Kingdom’s 91st National Day on Sept. 23, and is in cooperation with a number of Arab and foreign publishing houses.
The databases will be available for free for a week from Sept. 19.
All beneficiaries of library’s services are invited to access the link through the Saudi Digital Library portal.
The digital library has helped reduce the burden on the budgets of universities and government and private sectors, and this amount of digital information sources has assisted Saudis and expats residing in the Kingdom.
Among the library’s most important initiatives are the scientific theses project, the scientific journals project, a digital library project for Arabic books and a knowledge library project for students of general education.
During the COVID-19 pandemic period, the Saudi Digital Library succeeded in launching a comprehensive and free access initiative to a number of digital databases, in cooperation with a number of Arab and foreign publishing houses.
The digital library has a wide range of periodicals, tools and information bases.
According to the latest statistics, the library contains 169 international and Arab databases covering various academic disciplines, including 450,000 digital books, 60,000 scientific journals, and 9 million papers of research and conference papers.
The Library also contains 5,224,410 university theses, 3,061,669 scientific reports, 7 million multimedia materials that include scientific images and films in various disciplines, and more than 12 million scientific materials in the information assets owned by the library.

The number of beneficiaries from this Informatics gathering exceeded 65 entities and more than 300 global publishers, accessing its services through the portal on the internet in both Arabic and English.

More than 1.6 million students and postgraduate researchers have benefited from the digital library services, as have 71,000 faculty members in 55 public and private universities and colleges, more than 180,000 on scholarships, as well as 20 government agencies and institutions.

The digital library has won several awards, including the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information “I know” award for outstanding projects in the Arab world in 2010, and the Knowledge Summit Award in its fifth session from the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Knowledge Foundation 2018 for its contribution to the transfer and dissemination of knowledge.

The Library also won the best provider of information services and resources for higher and post-secondary education at the Global Exhibition for Education Supplies and Solutions GESS 2019.

The free access initiative includes the Taylor & Francis database for millions of press articles, the Science Book Gateway database that provides reliable scholarly references in several fields and the Al-Manhal Database that provides access to thousands of digital publications from leading Arab universities, research centers and scientific communities.

Other databases in the library include ProQuest, Wiley, EBSCO, ACM, Springer Nature, Science Direct, IGI, Encyclopedia Britannica, OECD, the integrated Arabic database “Marefa,” CABI, AskZad and JOVE.

The Saudi Digital Library expressed its thanks and appreciation to the publishers who made the free service available in the Kingdom.


Acting governor of Saudi Arabia’s Jazan receives commander of region’s security forces

Jazan Acting Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz receives the commander of the region’s Facilities Security Forces, Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Dossari. (SPA)
Jazan Acting Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz receives the commander of the region’s Facilities Security Forces, Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Dossari. (SPA)
Updated 21 September 2021

Acting governor of Saudi Arabia’s Jazan receives commander of region’s security forces

Jazan Acting Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz receives the commander of the region’s Facilities Security Forces, Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Dossari. (SPA)
  • The governor ordered the bodies under the responsibility of the forces to continue to abide by the security and safety requirements, and he wished the forces’ members every success in their work

JAZAN: Jazan Acting Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz received the commander of the region’s Facilities Security Forces, Brig. Gen. Khalid Al-Dossari, in his office on Monday. Prince Mohammed received a report on the missions and achievements of the forces, highlighting the support they receive from the Saudi leadership.

This includes the human cadres and military equipment they need to carry out the role they were entrusted with in terms of maintaining the security of the Kingdom’s key facilities. The governor ordered the bodies under the responsibility of the forces to continue to abide by the security and safety requirements, and he wished the forces’ members every success in their work. The meeting was also attended by the undersecretary of the region’s principality, Dr. Abdullah Al-Saqr.


Saudi Space Commission launches Space Hackathon

The Saudi Space Commission. (SPA)
The Saudi Space Commission. (SPA)
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Saudi Space Commission launches Space Hackathon

The Saudi Space Commission. (SPA)
  • The initiative was part of its efforts to prepare future astronauts and engineers and attract talent through quality training programs

RIYADH: The Saudi Space Commission has announced the opening of registration for the Space Hackathon.
The event aims to attract innovators and developers to qualify for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge next month and to participate in providing developmental and innovative solutions to the challenges facing Earth and space.
The hackathon will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and will offer financial prizes of SR200,000 ($53,000).
The Saudi Space Commission demonstrates the aligned vision of creating better, secure environments for its citizens.
In August, the commission launched a training camp to introduce high school students to space sciences and technologies.  

The initiative was part of its efforts to prepare future astronauts and engineers and attract talent through quality training programs.

The camp linked school maths and physics curricula to space sciences. It provided participants with an applied learning experience for three hours every day for a total of 30 hours.  


Saudi Arabia participates in G20 space economy leaders meeting in Italy

Saudi Arabia participates in G20 space economy leaders meeting in Italy
Updated 21 September 2021

Saudi Arabia participates in G20 space economy leaders meeting in Italy

Saudi Arabia participates in G20 space economy leaders meeting in Italy
  • Head of Saudi Space Commission says Saudi Arabia aspires to be one of the leading countries in the field of space by 2030
  • The Kingdom initiated the meeting during its presidency of the G20 last year

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has included the space economy as one its main targeted sectors in its Vision 2030, an official said.
“As the Kingdom attaches great importance to the field of space and its economy, as an extension of what it started with the first space flight in 1985, it aspires to be one of the leading countries in the field of space by 2030,” Dr. Mohammed Al-Tamimi, acting CEO of the Saudi Space Commission said.
He was speaking during the second edition of the G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting, held in the Italian capital, Rome, on Monday.
He said that the slogan of this year’s meeting “Space for People, Planet and Prosperity,” embodied the fact that space exploration is not only a scientific achievement, but is also an important economic resource, and a factor in the prosperity of mankind.
Al-Tamimi added that the Kingdom hoped the meeting, which it initiated during its presidency of the G20 last year, would continue to succeed, and looked forward to continuing efforts toward supporting countries toward diversifying their economies and preserving limited natural resources to enhance the space economy.
He thanked Italy’s government, represented by the President of the Italian Space Agency, Giorgio Sacuccia, and the agency’s officials for their efforts in convening the second edition of “this important meeting.”
The meeting discussed strengthening the role of the space economy globally and its concrete contributions to facing global challenges and achieving sustainable development goals, with the participation of space agencies and bodies from the G20 member states, a number of representatives of invited countries and heads of international and regional organizations.
The Kingdom received widespread praise for its efforts and initiative to organize the first meeting of space leaders, which it included for the first time among the topics of the group’s agenda last year, with the aim of enhancing space cooperation between countries to maximize the benefits of the space economy and using space data to support sustainable development, food security and global health.


Saudi Arabia excels in providing govt services

General view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
General view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 21 September 2021

Saudi Arabia excels in providing govt services

General view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
  • Saudi leadership for all technical aspects, which directly contributed to the excellence of government agencies in providing digital services and interacting with citizens with high quality

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia ranked among the most innovative countries in the world in the provision of government services and interaction with citizens, according to the GovTech report issued by the World Bank.
Eng. Ahmed bin Mohammad Al-Suwayan, governor of the Saudi Digital Government Authority, praised the support that government bodies received from the Saudi leadership for all technical aspects, which directly contributed to the excellence of government agencies in providing digital services and interacting with citizens with high quality.
The report measures the extent of providing digital government services, interacting with citizens and enabling government digital transformation within four main indicators and more than 48 sub-indicators.