Jeddah Islamic Port receives first group of Hajj pilgrims

Jeddah Islamic Port receives first group of Hajj pilgrims
The first group of Hajj 2022 pilgrims to arrive through Jeddah Islamic Port are welcomed to the Kingdom on Thursday. (@jeddahport)
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Updated 17 June 2022

Jeddah Islamic Port receives first group of Hajj pilgrims

Jeddah Islamic Port receives first group of Hajj pilgrims
  • The group of Hajj pilgrims came from Sudan

RIYADH: The first group of Hajj pilgrims traveling by ship arrived in Jeddah from Sudan on Friday.

Jeddah Islamic Port said there were 1,519 people aboard the “Amana” and they were received by the port director-general, Majed bin Rafed Al-Arqoubi, and senior government officials who greeted them with rose bouquets, gifts, and souvenirs.

The president of the Saudi Ports Authority, Omar Hariri, said all necessary measures had been taken to ensure that the pilgrims’ journey by sea was comfortable.

He cited the launch of five new terminals, increasing the number of counters in the arrival terminal to 74, four checking devices affiliated with the Border Guards, and increasing the number of buses at the parking lot to 19 from eight.




The first group of Hajj 2022 pilgrims to arrive through Jeddah Islamic Port are welcomed to the Kingdom on Thursday. (@jeddahport)

Hariri said the authority had taken all measures to enhance its readiness to receive the pilgrims and raise its efficiency and performance levels for everything that would complete the procedures for receiving pilgrims and dealing with baggage.

The authority has launched development initiatives in line with the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics and Vision 2030 by equipping five passenger terminals for arrival and departure, harnessing all services to facilitate the entry and docking of ships, and supporting national efforts during this year's Hajj.




The first group of Hajj 2022 pilgrims to arrive through Jeddah Islamic Port are welcomed to the Kingdom on Thursday. (@jeddahport)

It has also worked to provide primary healthcare services within the port by rehabilitating a medical clinic and equipping advanced ambulances to transport people requiring hospital treatment, taking into account the process of transporting pilgrims from the docks to arrival halls by bus and allocating a sufficient number of vehicles for the transfer of luggage.

The pilgrims who arrived by sea at Jeddah port expressed their happiness with the warm reception they experienced and the smooth and easy completion of their arrival procedures.

They expressed their gratitude to the Saudi government for its interest and care for pilgrims coming from all parts of the world to perform the Hajj, praising the good organization and grouping.


GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements

GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements
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GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements

GCF 2022 to focus on reconsidering global cyber arrangements
  • Forum to discuss geopolitical, strategic changes and prospects for shaping future of cybersecurity
  • Abdulrahman Alquaari: AI can be a powerful protective tool against cyber-attacks

RIYADH: The Global Cybersecurity Forum 2022, to be held Nov. 9-10 in Riyadh, will discuss accelerating geopolitical and strategic changes, and prospects for shaping the future of cybersecurity under the theme “Reconsidering the Global Cyber Arrangements.”  

Organized by the National Cybersecurity Authority under the patronage of King Salman, the forum is a leading global platform that opens horizons of knowledge on cybersecurity issues and builds the foundations of cooperation.

This year’s forum will witness the participation of elite decision-makers and executive officers, senior government officials and representatives of the most prominent international companies, non-governmental organizations and academic entities from around the world.

The presence of the GCF 2022 in Riyadh confirms the position of Saudi Arabia as a global leader in unifying international strategic discussions over issues related to cyberspace.

Sessions will cover a wide range of issues to promote development and enhance cooperation and partnerships between government and private entities around the world.

Five main discussions will be addressed in depth: "Prospects for Change in the Cyber Landscape,” which will deal with current and future cybersecurity threats; “Cyber Economies,” which will deal with areas benefiting from market forces, incentive programs and economic governance in shaping cyberspace; “Geo-Cyber Evolution,” which will deal with ever-changing global cyber arrangements; “Future of Cyber Work,” which will address ways to attract, develop and preserve talent; and “Cybersecurity — No One Left Behind,” which will deal with the search for practical solutions to bridge the cyber gap globally.

During the two-day forum, participants will look for solutions to all concerns in cybersecurity. The registration procedures for attending the GCF, as well as the names of local and international speakers, will be announced soon.

Abdulrahman Alquaari, a data science specialist, told Arab News: “Integration and use of software, technical solutions, and databases must be accompanied by relevant security measures

“Cybersecurity is an ever-growing industry. Notably, as technology evolves, artificial intelligence is becoming an integral part of cybersecurity, which helps organizations of different sizes and industries to promote cybersecurity efficiency. Therefore, it is inevitable to use artificial intelligence techniques to enhance and support cybersecurity,” he said.

“AI is a critical asset for organizations that use automation to increase the productivity and effectiveness of their operations,” Alquaari added, confirming that cybersecurity is one of the applications benefiting most from AI.

With the massive spread of internet of things devices, the number and sophistication of data breaches is increasing, but AI can be a powerful protective tool against cyber-attacks, he added.

“Where many people feel fear about AI in automating cybersecurity for several reasons — the most important of which is reducing job opportunities — I see exactly the opposite, as AI may take job opportunities while providing others, and it also helps in providing protection for data and information, and making decisions that may be made too late (by humans),” he explained.


Saudi Arabia’s Narcotics Control seize over 2M amphetamine pills hidden in floor mops 

Saudi Arabia’s Narcotics Control seize over 2M amphetamine pills hidden in floor mops 
Updated 17 August 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Narcotics Control seize over 2M amphetamine pills hidden in floor mops 

Saudi Arabia’s Narcotics Control seize over 2M amphetamine pills hidden in floor mops 
  • A Syrian resident who had arranged for the drugs to be delivered to him was arrested

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s narcotics control department seized 2,250,000 amphetamine pills hidden in a shipment of cleaning mops that were being smuggled through the Jeddah Islamic Port, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday. 

Users of the substance pay from $10 to $25 a pill according to research by the International Addiction Review journal, that puts the street value of this latest haul at a massive $22.5m to $56.2m.

A Syrian resident who had arranged for the drugs to be delivered to him was arrested, according to the official spokesman of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control, Major Muhammad Al-Nujaidi. 

Users of the substance pay from $10 to $25 a pill according to research by the International Addiction Review journal, that puts the street value of this latest haul at a massive $22.5m to $56.2m. (SPA)

The man has been referred to the Public Prosecution, the spokesman said. 

The Kingdom’s authorities said they have been cracking down on attempts to smuggle drugs into and out of the country to ensure the public’s safety. 


KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib
Updated 17 August 2022

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

KSrelief launches project to sponsor orphans and support their families in Marib

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) inaugurated on Tuesday a project to sponsor orphans in Yemen's Marib governorate and provide economic empowerment to their families, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The project aims to support 177 orphans in their education and living, in addition to financially supporting and empowering 50 orphans' families.

SPA stated that the orphan sponsorship project is implemented by KSrelief in three Yemeni governorates: Aden, Lahj, and Marib, targeting 536 orphans and 166 orphans' families.

Moreover, KSrelief mobile clinics have provided treatment services to the beneficiaries in Hajjah Governorate.

The clinics received 542 people with various health conditions from July 27 to Aug. 2, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 271 individuals with medications.


Saudi man allegedly killed by brother-in-law

Saudi man allegedly killed by brother-in-law
Updated 17 August 2022

Saudi man allegedly killed by brother-in-law

Saudi man allegedly killed by brother-in-law
  • The embassy expressed its full confidence in the Tunisian judiciary

RIYADH: A Saudi man has allegedly been killed by his Tunisian wife’s brother in Bizerte, Tunisia.

This is according to a statement released by the Kingdom’s embassy in Tunis, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Wednesday.

“The embassy would like to clarify that it has followed up on the details of the tragic incident since its occurrence with the concerned authorities in Tunisia.”

The embassy stated that the Kingdom was confident the Tunisian courts would deal effectively with the matter.

The body of the citizen has been returned to the Kingdom.

The embassy extended condolences to the family of the deceased.


Saudi crown prince discusses relations, joint cooperation with German chancellor Scholz

Saudi crown prince discusses relations, joint cooperation with German chancellor Scholz
Updated 17 August 2022

Saudi crown prince discusses relations, joint cooperation with German chancellor Scholz

Saudi crown prince discusses relations, joint cooperation with German chancellor Scholz

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Tuesday from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
During the call, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the Kingdom and Germany, opportunities for joint cooperation between the two countries, and ways to develop them.
They also discussed the latest regional and international developments and efforts exerted to achieve peace and stability, in addition to reviewing the most prominent issues of common interest.