Two Holy Mosques to welcome fully vaccinated children

Worshippers perform the farewell tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Makkah. (AFP file photo)
Worshippers perform the farewell tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Makkah. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 26 February 2022

Two Holy Mosques to welcome fully vaccinated children

Worshippers perform the farewell tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Makkah. (AFP file photo)
  • The ministry said the daily number of worshippers entering the Grand Mosque for prayers only was 82,571, while the daily average number of people performing Umrah was estimated to be 64,300

JEDDAH: Children from the age of seven will be able to enter the Two Holy Mosques as long as they are fully vaccinated, after nearly 30 months of access restrictions on youngsters because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Hajj and Umrah Ministry tweeted that entry permits for children to enter the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah were available on the condition of the child being fully jabbed against COVID-19.

Saudi health authorities have already started administering the vaccine to children aged between five and 11.

In its daily report on the electronic permits issued for Umrah, prayers, and visits, the ministry said it had issued more than 29.4 million permits to enter the Grand Mosque over the last seven months. More than 3.7 million permits were granted to worshippers for access to the Prophet’s Mosque during the same period.

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29.4 Million

The Hajj and Umrah Ministry said it had issued more than 29.4 million permits to enter the Grand Mosque over the last seven months.

3.7 Million

More than 3.7 million permits were granted to worshippers for access to the Prophet’s Mosque during the same period.

On Thursday, over 305,900 Grand Mosque entry permits were issued and more than 27,300 permits were issued for visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.

The ministry said the daily number of worshippers entering the Grand Mosque for prayers only was 82,571, while the daily average number of people performing Umrah was estimated to be 64,300.

Its figures showed that the Grand Mosque was witnessing high density during Asr, Maghrib and Isha compared to Fajr and Dhuhr prayers earlier in the day.

Most Umrah pilgrims appeared to prefer performing their rituals after dark. Those performing Umrah are given a three-hour permit to complete their pilgrimage, but nearly all of them are doing it in a maximum of two hours.

On Thursday, 11,060 permits were issued to people who had applied for permits to pray at Al-Rawdhah Al-Sharifah at the Prophet’s Mosque.

Also on Thursday, 16,249 permits were issued for those wanting to visit the Prophet’s tomb.


King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking
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King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

RIYADH: The president of King Saud University thanked Saudi Arabia’s leadership for its support after the university was ranked top in the Kingdom and the Arab world by the Shanghai Ranking, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar said the university, ranked 121st globally, is proud of the national achievement, which adds to its local, regional and, international achievements.

“We are seeing the fruits of the university’s commitment to its educational goals in the field of developing academic studies, scientific research, and innovation in order to elevate our university, as well as the continuous work in strengthening our relations with leading scientific institutions around the world to achieve knowledge exchange with them and advance the educational level at the university,” Al-Omar said.

He continued: “We believe in the importance of appreciating successes and their impact in spreading a sense of self-confidence and belief in one’s ability to achieve more as is the case at King Saud University.”

Al-Omar said the university is continuing its scientific and research efforts to strive for excellence in various fields of science and knowledge in the world.


Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan
Updated 16 August 2022

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

RIYADH: The Board of Directors of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) has approved its strategic plan for the years 2023-2027.

The ETEC is the competent authority in the Kingdom to evaluate, measure and approve qualifications in education and training.

It covers the public and private sector and raises the quality of education in service of the economy and national development.

The four-year plan aims to develop the education and training sector in an effort to reach a world-leading Saudi model for the industry.

The Saudi model is designed to achieve national development and economic growth through the commission’s work with relevant national authorities.

It also aims to raise the quality of outputs to meet the needs of the labor market and Vision 2030’s Human Capacity Development Program.

The strategic plan covers students, trainees, learning outcomes, practitioners, institutions, programs, the education and training system, and the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

Its objectives are to improve student learning outcomes and performance through modern curricula standards and assessments, and to enhance the excellence and quality of education and training professionals by setting higher standards, granting licenses and pushing the pace of excellence in the field.

This is attained by conducting effective reviews, evaluation and accreditation processes, in addition to establishing a culture of continuous improvement of the education and training system, providing data-based advice to support national decision-making, and developing and strengthening the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

The plan also includes a number of initiatives, projects, performance indicators and targets that fall under the evaluation programs: the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Assessment Program for University Achievement.

The commission’s board of directors also approved updated academic accreditation standards in order to raise performance.


Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 
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Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 
  • A team was sent to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said

A Saudi trainee pilot died when the plane he was flying crashed shortly after taking off from Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Investigation Bureau said on Tuesday. 

"The initial information indicates that the aircraft (Tecnam) took off from Al-Thumama Airport at about 6:30 a.m., with its pilot, a Saudi ‘trainee pilot,’ aboard a training flight," the bureau said in a statement. 

“Five minutes after takeoff, a mayday (distress call) was sent out from the pilot shortly before the connection was lost.”

The pilot was the only person onboard.

A search team was sent by the academy to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said, adding that the wreckage was located 5 kilometers north of Al-Thumama Airport.

The airport is located about 29 kilometers from the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.


KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp
Updated 16 August 2022

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

RIYADH: The mobile medical clinics of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued providing treatment services for the displaced in the camp of Walan in Haradh district in Yemen's Hajjah province, state-run Saudi Press Agency repoted. 
During the period from July 27 to Aug. 2, the clinics received 222 people with various health conditions, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 185 individuals with medications.
Moreover, KSrelief continued distributing food baskets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
Some 1,856 food baskets were distributed to the needy people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, benefiting 12,992 people.
This comes within the project to support food security, being implemented by the KSrelief in Pakistan, to alleviate the suffering of the needy and affected people.


Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
Updated 16 August 2022

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
  • The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported

DUBAI: A Saudi national was arrested in Najran city on Tuesday after he fired random shots from a personal weapon.
The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported. 
Another man, also a Saudi national, was arrested for documenting and publishing a video of the incident on social media. 
The incident comes a day after SPA reported a similar incident, which occurred in a governorate near Riyadh, where a man fired a machine gun ‘indiscriminately’ in a public place – he was arrested and now faces prosecution.