First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values

First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values
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The four day Memory from Makkah Createathon, a competition that challenged participants to come up creative ideas for gifts and souvenirs designed for visitors to Makkah. (Supplied)
First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values
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The four day Memory from Makkah Createathon, a competition that challenged participants to come up creative ideas for gifts and souvenirs designed for visitors to Makkah. (Supplied)
First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values
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The four day Memory from Makkah Createathon, a competition that challenged participants to come up creative ideas for gifts and souvenirs designed for visitors to Makkah. (Supplied)
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Updated 23 June 2022

First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values

First prize at Makkah Createathon goes to board game that promotes Islamic values
  • The four-day event, which attracted 100 entrants, challenged participants to come up creative gift and souvenir ideas for visitors to the holy cities, especially Hajj and Umrah pilgrims
  • Second place went to an electronic siwak, or tooth-cleaning stick, and third prize to a magnetic board on which visitors can record and display memories and feelings from their trip

MAKKAH: The four day Memory from Makkah Createathon, a competition that challenged participants to come up creative ideas for gifts and souvenirs designed for visitors to Makkah, especially Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, concluded on Tuesday with the announcement of the winning entries.

The event, organized by the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, attracted 100 entrants. The SR20,000 ($5,330) first prize was awarded to a team led by Alaa Zaatari for The Laden Ship, a board game for players of all ages designed to promote Islamic values and enrich morals.

The second prize, worth SR10,000, went to a team led by Sarah Al-Numan for an electronic siwak, or tooth-cleaning stick. A team led by Areej Abdul Majeed took the SR5,000 third prize for Memory of a Lifetime Journey, a magnetic board on which visitors to the holy cities can record and display the memories and feelings from their trip.

The jury honored a further 21 teams with incentive rewards in recognition of their creative, quality projects. Sponsors Wadi Makkah Technology Company and Al-Makan announced that they will assist entrants with the development of their ideas, with Al-Makan providing the three winners with fully equipped office space for a month at the Makkah Center for Entrepreneurship and Business, while Wadi Makkah will sponsor the projects for three months.

Hisham Kaaki, chairman of the board of directors at MCCI, said that the chamber is keen to support all efforts that serve the local business community, in line with the objectives of Makkah’s development strategy and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 development and diversification agenda, by forming constructive partnerships and supporting initiatives that encourage young people to develop creative ideas in various fields that help boost Makkah’s profile and reputation.

Mohammed Burhan Seifeddine, a member of the MCCI board and general supervisor of its Studies and Research Center, said: “Integration, cooperation and collaboration between the government and private sector have resulted in this intellectual and creative event.

“All of these projects support local production and will strengthen the gifts and souvenirs sector, and emphasize our community’s innovation and the patriotism shown by many academics and professionals who volunteered to participate in the guidance committees.”

He added that Wadi Makkah’s three-month sponsorship of the projects will help with their development as they move toward a successful launch.

During the four-day Createathon, the participants received guidance and advice from experts in a number of fields, including technology, information, design, marketing and the arts, to help them develop and refine their ideas and turn them into a potentially commercial products consistent with the aims and work of the MCCI.

Meanwhile, a number of local craftsmen displayed their work in an exhibition that accompanied the event’s closing ceremony.


Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU

Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU
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Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU

Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU
  • MoU signed on sidelines of joint Saud-Italian commission

ROME: The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Saudi Space Commission (SSC) have signed a cooperation agreement on Monday in Riyadh during the visit of the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the president of ASI, Giorgio Saccoccia, and by the CEO of the SSC, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, on the sidelines of the 12th Italian-Saudi Joint Commission chaired by Di Maio and the Saudi finance minister, Mohammed Al-Jadaan.

The agreement will foster collaboration between the two nations on projects of common interest in Earth observation, technology and communication in deep space, scientific missions and human exploration programs, as well as joint efforts in satellites and training.

“ASI and SSC agree to cooperate through the exchange of information and scientific data, the joint organization of seminars and workshops and the development of joint projects and research activities,” a spokesman for ASI told Arab News.

The Memorandum of Understanding has an initial duration of five years and may be subject to a further extension.


KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists
Updated 27 June 2022

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists
  • Deal will advance education, training and research programs
  • More than 100 internship opportunities opened for students 

RIYADH: King Abdulaziz University and Nahdi Medical Company have partnered to train future Saudi pharmacists and further the role of youth in the economic development of the Kingdom.

A memorandum of understanding signing ceremony took place at the King Abdulaziz University with Prof. Hani Asfour, dean of the faculty of pharmacy at KAU, and Samer Bokharee, chief human resources officer at Nahdi.

Commenting on the partnership, Asfour said: “It is vital that as a community we acknowledge the integral role a pharmacist plays in providing therapeutic and advisory services to patients, especially amidst as challenging times as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Nahdi Medical Company, who are investing in preparing the nation’s young men and women for the labor market, creating job opportunities, and raising the level of Saudization of this vital sector in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.

Commenting on the partnership, Bokharee said: “With mutual objectives, this cooperation aims to nurture young, ambitious Saudi pharmaceutical students at KAU and provide them an opportunity to develop their proficiencies through our training and recruitment programs.

“We believe every pharmacist plays a pivotal role in our industry, given that pharmacies are the first touch point for most guests. We are equipping future pharmacists with the right set of skills and knowledge in our continuous pursuit to add beats to the lives of our guests. Nahdi remains committed to delivering intensive training workshops to students and has employed more than 600 Saudi students across the Kingdom,” he added.

Bokharee said that the excellence program offered by Nahdi will provide future pharmacists with real-life career experiences and intensive training sessions at community pharmacies under the supervision of certified trainers.

Applicants will have the chance to apply for full-time career opportunities at Nahdi once their training courses are completed.

Postgraduates and academics from the college of pharmacy at KAU will be granted access to data from more than 1,100 pharmacies across the Kingdom, as well as real-time interaction with more than 5 million guests per year.

Nahdi Medical Company is the largest retail pharmacy chain in Saudi Arabia and boasts a growing healthcare services platform. The company has partnered with more than 15 private and public universities across the Kingdom since 2008 in efforts directed toward training and research.

The strategic deal between KAU and Nahdi underscores the spirit of industry-academic collaboration and the role of Saudi youth in the economic development of the Kingdom.


Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors
Updated 27 June 2022

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

JEDDAH: The sky’s the limit for visitors to the Jeddah Season of activities where tethered balloon trips are offering them a bird’s-eye view of the city.

Up to 29 passengers can take to the air with an Aerophile-certified pilot for rides lasting around 10 minutes in the 150-meter-high balloon located in City Walk, one of the festival zones.

The helium balloon, which is 22.46 meters in diameter, is anchored to the ground by ropes. Flights are dependent on weather conditions.


First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative
A Moroccan pilgrim breezes through the immigration line at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, thanks to the Mak
Updated 27 June 2022

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative
  • Morocco is the fifth country to participate in the Makkah Route Initiative, after Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah received its first Moroccan pilgrims through the Makkah Route Initiative.

They departed from the Makkah Route hall at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca and were greeted by Moroccan Consul General Ibrahim Ajouli, Col. Suleiman Mohammed Al-Yusuf, and representatives from the initiative at KAIA.

The Makkah Route Initiative was launched for the first time this year in Morocco, adding to the four countries already participating in the project: Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

A Moroccan pilgrim gets gets "processed" without hassle at the immigration desk of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (SPA)

It aims to simplify procedures for pilgrims by issuing e-visas, completing passport procedures at the airport of the country of departure following the completion of health requirements, and dealing with luggage procedures, transport, and accommodation.

Upon arrival, pilgrims directly move to buses transporting them to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah while authorities deliver their luggage to their lodgings.

Serving pilgrims is one of the Interior Ministry's programs contributing toward Vision 2030.

The initiative was first launched in 2019 in a few airports and expanded this year, saving pilgrims up to 12 hours upon arrival at Saudi airports.

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Makkah Route Initiative

Inaugurated by King Salman in 2019, the Makkah Route Initiative is a program that seeks to provide visitors to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia with the finest possible services to help them perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably. Five countries are currently participating in the initiative: Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.


Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 
Updated 27 June 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 
  • Onboard the ship “Amana", 1,183 pilgrims were received by port senior officials and were greeted with rose bouquets, gifts, and souvenirs

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Jeddah Islamic port received the last batch of Sudanese pilgrims traveling by sea, the Saudi Press Agency said early Monday.

Onboard the ship “Amana", 1,183 pilgrims were received by port senior officials and were greeted with rose bouquets, gifts, and souvenirs.

The port received the first group of Hajj pilgrims traveling by ship from Sudan on June 16.

(SPA)

The Red Sea port has started receiving Hajj pilgrims amid a slew of services that include advanced devices for inspecting and transporting pilgrims’ luggage to the arrival terminals and waiting halls.

Modern buses to transport pilgrims, part of which are allocated to transporting patients and the elderly, were also present at the port.

(SPA)

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 fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam.