Saudi Arabia translates Arafat day sermon into 10 languages

The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
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The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
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The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
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The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
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The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
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Updated 20 July 2021

Saudi Arabia translates Arafat day sermon into 10 languages

The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into 10 languages. (SPA)
  • The sermon is broadcast both on FM radio and digitally through the Manarat Al-Haramain platform

JEDDAH: The Day of Arafat sermon was translated into 10 languages in an effort to reach more Muslims around the world.
The sermon delivered in Arabic on the main day of the Hajj pilgrimage was translated into English, French, Indonesian, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese, Turkish, Bengali, Hausa, and Malay.
Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Hamidi, vice president for translation and technical affairs at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said the Saudi leadership is keen to convey the moderate message of Islam to the world.
Bandar Al-Khuzaim, director of information technology at the presidency, said the project’s new infrastructure connects three different broadcasting sites, including the main control room in Mina, the Grand Mosque, and the Namira Mosque.
The sermon is broadcast both on FM radio and digitally through the Manarat Al-Haramain platform.
The translation project began in 2018 in five languages, reaching 13 million people. It increased to six the following year, reaching 16 million.


Saudi FM discusses current situation in Tunisia during phone call with counterpart

Saudi FM discusses current situation in Tunisia during phone call with counterpart
Updated 26 July 2021

Saudi FM discusses current situation in Tunisia during phone call with counterpart

Saudi FM discusses current situation in Tunisia during phone call with counterpart
  • During the call, Prince Faisal affirmed the Kingdom's “keenness on the security, stability and prosperity of Tunisia”
  • The two officials also reviewed bilateral relations and ways to support and enhance them

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Tunisian counterpart during which he was informed of the latest developments and events in Tunisia.

President Kais Saied ousted the government and suspended parliament with help from the army on Sunday.

During the call, Prince Faisal affirmed the Kingdom's “keenness on the security, stability and prosperity of Tunisia” and its support for everything that would achieve this.

The two officials also reviewed bilateral relations and ways to support and enhance them in various fields.

Saied invoked emergency powers under the constitution late on Sunday to dismiss Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspend parliament for 30 days.

His intervention followed protests in major cities on Sunday over the government's handling of the pandemic, with a spike in cases, and the economy.

Later on Monday, Saied extended some existing measures aimed at countering the pandemic, including a curfew and internal travel bans, but which would also have the effect of dampening street opposition.


Saudi Arabia bans unvaccinated people from events, gov’t buildings, public transport

Saudi Arabia bans unvaccinated people from events, gov’t buildings, public transport
Updated 26 July 2021

Saudi Arabia bans unvaccinated people from events, gov’t buildings, public transport

Saudi Arabia bans unvaccinated people from events, gov’t buildings, public transport
  • The Kingdom confirms 12 COVID-19 deaths and 1,252 new infections
  • 5 mosques reopened in 4 regions after being sterilized after 5 people tested positive for COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior will ban individuals who have not received the vaccine from entering government buildings, attending activities and events, and using public transportation from Aug. 1.
The ministry said they would ban unvaccinated people from “attending any economic, commercial, cultural, entertainment or sports events, or any governmental or private facilities, including educational institutions, whether they are employed” there or visiting to complete a service.
It added that those who have been vaccinated must present the Tawakkalna app to provide evidence they have received the vaccine, whether citizens or residents, and this includes using public transport.
The Kingdom confirmed 12 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,179.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,252 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 519,395 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 10,799 remain active and 1,424 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in Makkah with 316, followed by the capital Riyadh with 265, the Eastern Province with 169, Asir recorded 145, and Qassim confirmed 81 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 1,299 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 500,428.

The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce said it carried out 2,310 field tours in the Madinah region during the Eid Al-Adha holiday to monitor that commercial establishments were adhering to precautionary measures.
During the inspections, which included food stores, commercial complexes, gas stations, and gold and precious metals stores, 39 violations were recorded, and authorities seized 39,072 food products, and 6,570 products that violated the Saudi standard specifications. Regular procedures and penalties were imposed on violating facilities. 
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened five mosques in four regions after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing them after five people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 1,898 within 170 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 195 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.17 million.


Sterilization efforts intensify at Makkah’s Grand Mosque as Umrah pilgrims arrive

Sterilization efforts intensify at Makkah’s Grand Mosque as Umrah pilgrims arrive
Updated 26 July 2021

Sterilization efforts intensify at Makkah’s Grand Mosque as Umrah pilgrims arrive

Sterilization efforts intensify at Makkah’s Grand Mosque as Umrah pilgrims arrive
  • Foreign pilgrims will be able to perform Umrah with the start of the new Islamic year which is expected to fall on August 9

RIYADH: Sterilization at the Grand Mosque is being intensified as the holy site begins to receive Umrah pilgrims after the completion of Hajj 2021.
Procedures for regulating entry and exit, the allocation of specific lanes for people with special needs and the distribution of Zamzam water bottles to prayer areas, courtyards and tawaf areas are also in place to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims.
Foreign pilgrims will be able to perform Umrah with the start of the new Islamic year which is expected to fall on August 9, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj for Hajj and Umrah Services Hesham Saeed told Al-Ekhbariya news channel.


Saudi navy unveils latest warship Jazan in Spain

Saudi and Spanish officials attend the unveiling of the latest Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) at the Navantia shipyard in Spain on July 24, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi and Spanish officials attend the unveiling of the latest Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) at the Navantia shipyard in Spain on July 24, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 26 July 2021

Saudi navy unveils latest warship Jazan in Spain

Saudi and Spanish officials attend the unveiling of the latest Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) at the Navantia shipyard in Spain on July 24, 2021. (SPA)
  • The Avante 2200 corvette is the fourth of its type being built in a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Spain's Navantia

MADRID: The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) recently celebrated the launch of the Avante 2200 corvette, which is the fourth warship of its type within the Sarwat project.

The ship, named Jazan, was unveiled by the Spanish shipbuilder as part of its ceremonial launching held at the shipyard of the Navantia Naval Industries Co., Spain.

The corvettes are being built in a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), and Navantia S.A., named SAMI Navantia Naval Industries.

They will be delivered in 2024, a year later than initially planned, and will feature special combat and fire control systems and integrated communications among other technologies.

The launch event was attended by the Saudi ambassador to Spain, Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain; the vice president of SAMI for corporate communication, support services and information technology, Wael bin Mohammed Al-Sarhan; as well as other senior officials from RSNF, Spanish Navy and SAMI Navantia Naval Industries.

Saudi ambassador to Spain, Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain, meets with officials of the SAMI Navantia Naval Industries in Spain on July 24, 2021. (SPA)

The commander of the RSNF, Lt. Gen. Adm. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, said: “The Sarawat project will contribute to raising the level of readiness of the RSNF, enhancing maritime security in the region and protecting the vital strategic interests of the Kingdom. In addition, the project ships are an important addition to the capabilities of the RSNF in protecting the Kingdom’s maritime interests and localizing advanced military industries technically.”

The Sarawat project warships feature the latest combat systems to deal with all air threats, surface and subsurface, as well as being equipped for electronic wars. They have more capabilities than many of the world’s navies, and are a further addition to the capabilities of the RSNF in protecting the nation’s maritime security.

The project also includes training services for crews, training simulators, logistics, and long-term after-sales technical and logistical support.


Umrah companies gear up to receive foreign pilgrims

Following the temporary closure of Umrah due to the emergence of the pandemic, worshippers were allowed to perform the Umrah rituals in early October. (AFP/File)
Following the temporary closure of Umrah due to the emergence of the pandemic, worshippers were allowed to perform the Umrah rituals in early October. (AFP/File)
Updated 26 July 2021

Umrah companies gear up to receive foreign pilgrims

Following the temporary closure of Umrah due to the emergence of the pandemic, worshippers were allowed to perform the Umrah rituals in early October. (AFP/File)
  • Industry workers could be trained to operate under pandemic conditions, says official

MAKKAH: Hundreds of companies are gearing up to receive fully immunized foreign pilgrims wishing to perform Umrah from Aug. 9.

Via an online platform, pilgrims will be given access to 500 businesses providing access to flights, transport, hotels and Umrah companies.
Hani Al-Omairi, a member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah and the Hotels Committee in Makkah, told Alarabiya that nearly 30 websites and platforms will be available for international reservations.
“Health courses and crowd management courses were given to all employees as several companies have commenced operations. Procedures for the rest of the companies and institutions are being finalized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and other relevant authorities,” said Al-Omairi.
Commenting on the news, Mohsin Tutla, chairman of the World Hajj and Umrah Care Foundation, told Arab News the return of pilgrims could be ensured through training the industry to provide services under pandemic conditions. He added that the introduction of vigilance technology throughout the pilgrimage and further measures would help smoothen the process.
Tutla told Arab News that the demand from pilgrims to conduct rituals during the pandemic is not as high as people may think.

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• Via an online platform, pilgrims will be given access to 500 businesses providing access to flights, transport, hotels and Umrah companies. 

• Hani Al-Omairi, a member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah and the Hotels Committee in Makkah, says nearly 30 websites and platforms will be available for international reservations.

“Even though we can assume that people have been queuing to perform Hajj and Umrah, the reality is that people’s financial capability has been depleted.
“Where Hajj and Umrah were available and easy for the mass population and the middle income population, it is now only possible for the rich and thrifty savers.”
Tutla added: “The road to recovery and rejuvenation is not dependent on only demand, it is dependent on the development of global safety mechanisms such as the Hajj and Umrah Safe Corridor, which is currently being developed by the World Hajj and Umrah Care Foundation, and is being installed in 25 countries worldwide.

Demand from pilgrims to conduct rituals during the pandemic is not as high as people may think. 

Mohsin Tutla, Chairman of the World Hajj and Umrah Care Foundation

“Globally you will realize that demand would have dropped by approximately 40 percent for international Umrah and 15 percent for international Hajj pilgrimages.” Following the temporary closure of Umrah due to the emergence of the pandemic, worshippers were allowed to perform the Umrah rituals in early October. As many as 250,000 domestic pilgrims were able to register, book appointments and granted permits in the first phase.
Some 10,000 foreign pilgrims were gradually allowed back into the Kingdom in the third phase on Nov. 1 after a seven-month hiatus of strict regulations.