Provider of Saudia’s new luggage transport service for pilgrims shows off its security features

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JMC’s operations manager said the collected luggage will be taken to a facility where security checks will take place, including X-ray scans. (SPA)
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Updated 23 June 2022

Provider of Saudia’s new luggage transport service for pilgrims shows off its security features

Provider of Saudia’s new luggage transport service for pilgrims shows off its security features
  • Ameer Al-Sulaimani, operations manager with Jeddah Management Company, explained the process and gave Arab News a guided tour of the specially equipped van that will transport the bags
  • The convenient service will pick up luggage from the pilgrim’s accommodation in Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah 24 hours before their flight, take it to the airport and check it in for them

JEDDAH: Following the announcement by Saudia this week of a new luggage service for pilgrims that means they will not have to haul it to the airport themselves, aviation services business Jeddah Management Company has provided more details about how the service will work and the security precautions that are in place.

The convenient service will pick up luggage from the pilgrim’s accommodation in Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah 24 hours before their flight, take it to the airport and check it in for them.

Ameer Al-Sulaimani, JMC’s operations manager, showed Arab News the site where the luggage will be stored, gave us a look at one of the specially equipped vans that will transport the luggage in the most secure way possible, and explained how the service will operate.

“(For this year’s Hajj), Saudia took the initiative to provide special services for pilgrims in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah,” he said.

“A third party is going to provide these services and these services start from the Hajjis residence. JMC will start the check-in process from the residence of the Hajjis then clear all their baggage and issue their boarding pass and baggage tag as well.”

The collected luggage will be taken to a facility where security checks will take place, including X-ray scans, Al-Sulaimani said.

He then opened the van, which he said has been designed to the highest standards of safety and security, and showed how all luggage tags have unique numbers to help prevent any tracking errors. He said the aviation team has drawn on all its extensive experience to develop the process and ensure the vehicles are equipped with all the equipment required to provide a complete service, including a tracking system, camera, electronic scales and a wrapping machine.

“At the time these vehicles pick up individual items of luggage, every piece will be loaded individually to make sure no damage occurs and that all luggage is secured with a belt while it is being transferred from the residence of the airline customer to the airport,” Al-Sulaimani added.

“We can track the vehicles everywhere in the Kingdom. We can also communicate with the passenger in live communication through a camera and handheld device.”

When the luggage is picked up it is sealed using the wrapping machine to ensure it remains secure.

“All passengers will be reassured that their luggage is sealed and when they receive it in their country or residence at the arrival stage, they will find the seal intact,” said Al-Sulaimani.

“The numbers of tags will not be repeated with the next passenger. It’s one numbered tag, for this piece of luggage only.”


Saudi ministry launches UN mentoring program for Taif farmers

Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
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Saudi ministry launches UN mentoring program for Taif farmers

Saudi agricultural ministry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, launched a mentoring program for farmers in Taif.
  • The FAO has prepared 100 demonstration farms to promote modern practices and technologies, which are expected to positively impact farmers and encourage agricultural sustainability in rural areas

RIYADH: Saudi agriculture officials on Monday launched a UN mentoring program for farmers in Taif aimed at encouraging sustainable development.

Initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, and presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the scheme aims to help introduce more efficient farming practices through the sharing of information on proven techniques and by providing access to industry experts.

The ministry’s director for Taif, Hani Al-Kadi, said: “Taif is no less significant than other cities in the Kingdom, due to its agricultural diversity and yearly abundance in crops.”

He noted that introducing farmers to effective agricultural concepts and objectives would greatly contribute toward, “producing safe and sustainable food, maintaining consumer confidence, ensuring mindfulness toward the exploitation of natural resources, and reducing environmental harm.”

Kakoli Ghosh, the FAO’s chief technical adviser to the program, said global advances in farming methods and agricultural practices had helped to increase production, job opportunities, and standards of living for small farmers, while also preserving natural resources for future generations.

She pointed out that the program would include visits to Taif farms at Al-Hada, Al-Shafa, Wadi Mahram, and Al-Dayha.

The FAO has prepared 100 demonstration farms to promote modern practices and technologies, which are expected to positively impact farmers and encourage agricultural sustainability in rural areas.

The Saudi ministry first launched the Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program in cooperation with the FAO in 2019. It has been designed to boost the production, processing, and marketing of fruit, fish, livestock, and Arabic coffee, and the cultivation of rain-fed crops.

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and boost contributions to gross domestic product by pushing sustainable development in all sectors of the economy. One of the main areas of focus has been on the conservation of natural resources, including the rationalization of water consumption in agriculture and achieving food security.


Cambodian king praises Muslim World League efforts in strengthening civilizational alliance

Al-Issa praised the Cambodian model for achieving harmony among its national diversity. (Supplied)
Al-Issa praised the Cambodian model for achieving harmony among its national diversity. (Supplied)
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Cambodian king praises Muslim World League efforts in strengthening civilizational alliance

Al-Issa praised the Cambodian model for achieving harmony among its national diversity. (Supplied)
  • Al-Issa expressed his appreciation for the prestigious university and praised the values of tolerance and coexistence adopted by Cambodians as they had become an inspiring role model in fighting all forms of hatred, racism, and discrimination

PHNOM PENH: King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia received Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and chairman of the Muslim Scholars Association.

The king praised the tangible impact of the league’s efforts in strengthening the civilizational alliance among diverse groups around the world and awareness among Muslim societies.

Al-Issa visited the Islamic Center in Phnom Penh and met Cambodia’s Muslim leadership. He praised the Cambodian model for achieving harmony among its national diversity.

He gave the Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque of Phnom Penh upon the request of the Islamic leadership in Cambodia. Hundreds of worshippers attended the sermon, with Al-Issa addressing key issues facing the Muslim world.

Al-Issa met the Grand Buddhist Patriarch of Cambodia Tep Vong and Patriarch Bor Keri.

The Royal University of Phnom Penh hosted Al-Issa, where he gave a lecture titled: “Our Common Values and Civilizational Alliance.”

The Royal University of Phnom Penh is the biggest in Cambodia. It was founded 62 years ago and has 20,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Al-Issa expressed his appreciation for the prestigious university and praised the values of tolerance and coexistence adopted by Cambodians as they had become an inspiring role model in fighting all forms of hatred, racism, and discrimination.

He shared his views about the common values among humans as these values had granted full rights to everyone in Cambodia, despite the differences of religion and race, and made modern Cambodia live in security and stability.

 


Over 282k Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah until Sunday

Thousands of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah. (SPA)
Thousands of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah. (SPA)
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Over 282k Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah until Sunday

Thousands of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah. (SPA)
  • Majority of worshippers Bangladeshis, followed by Nigerians, Indians, Iranians, Pakistanis: Ministry data

MADINAH: A total of 282,523 pilgrims from around the world have arrived in Madinah until Sunday to perform this year’s Hajj.

Figures released by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah showed that 227,420 worshippers passed into the Kingdom through Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, while a further 43,276 came via land routes.

Most of the visitors were Bangladeshis at 13,041, followed by 9,883 Nigerians, 8,676 Indians, 6,330 Iranians, and 6,023 Pakistanis.

The ministry data also revealed that 171,606 pilgrims left Madinah over the past few days for holy sites in Makkah. On Sunday, the number of worshippers staying in Madinah topped 95,194.

 


Tabuk governor receives German ambassador

Tabuk governor receives German ambassador. (SPA)
Tabuk governor receives German ambassador. (SPA)
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Tabuk governor receives German ambassador

Tabuk governor receives German ambassador. (SPA)
  • Lamle hailed the developments he witnessed while touring Tabuk

TABUK: Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz on Monday received German Ambassador to the Kingdom Dieter Lamle, who is visiting the Saudi region.

During the meeting, the two sides underlined the relations between the Kingdom and Germany, and discussed topics of mutual concern.

Lamle hailed the developments he witnessed while touring Tabuk.

 


Najiz mobile app from Saudi Ministry of Justice reaches one million users in 2022

Najiz mobile app from Saudi Ministry of Justice reaches one million users in 2022
Updated 27 June 2022

Najiz mobile app from Saudi Ministry of Justice reaches one million users in 2022

Najiz mobile app from Saudi Ministry of Justice reaches one million users in 2022
  • The app was launched by the ministry to promote the pursuit of justice

RIYADH: Najiz e-services mobile app launched by the Saudi Ministry of Justice has reached one million users in 2022, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Najiz has expanded access to judicial services through handheld devices.

The app was launched by the ministry to help streamline digital services and promote the pursuit of justice.

Najiz app has added 21 new services, including a digital notary, downloading and verifying judgments, inquiring about enforcement applications, and booking appointments.

The most popular e-services provided by Najiz are inquiries about cases and real estate, booking appointments, verifying debt invoices, verifying marital status, and the digital notary, according to the ministry.

The app has a single sign-on feature that saves clients’ time and effort when obtaining services remotely.