Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al-Qura University academics working to enhance the pilgrim experience during Hajj

The university has exerted major efforts in the field of volunteer work during Hajj. (Twitter @uqu_edu)
The university has exerted major efforts in the field of volunteer work during Hajj. (Twitter @uqu_edu)
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Updated 06 July 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al-Qura University academics working to enhance the pilgrim experience during Hajj

The university has exerted major efforts in the field of volunteer work during Hajj. (Twitter @uqu_edu)
  • The efforts of the university’s specialist institute for Hajj and Umrah research help authorities improve the services the provide and better manage their operations
  • The institute ‘has so far carried out 740 specialized pieces of research and has trained more than 6,000 trainees,’ according to its dean

MAKKAH: Each year, researchers at Umm Al-Qura University carry out studies focusing on Hajj and Umrah, the results of which are used to improve and enrich the experiences of pilgrims during their spiritual journeys.

The work is carried out by the university’s Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research. The institute’s dean, Turki Sulaiman A. Alamro, said that it studies current pilgrimage procedures and conditions, collects data on pilgrims’ needs and the services they require, analyzes the data, compiles progress reports and implements new initiatives as required.

The results of the research it carries out, and the database it builds, help authorities enhance the services they provide to pilgrims and better manage their operations.

“The institute is an exclusive research center,” said Alamro. “It has so far carried out 740 specialized pieces of research and has trained more than 6,000 trainees in the field of Hajj and Umrah.”

The university also offers comprehensive medical and administrative courses, in addition to voluntary-service programs.

“The university has exerted major efforts in the field of volunteer work during Hajj by providing volunteers with the necessary skills and training, in coordination with the concerned authorities,” said Alamro.

“We have nearly 2,000 volunteers this year because the university believes they play an important role.”

Sumaiya Al-Sharaf, an associate professor at the university, is in charge of its voluntary operation. This year, she said, about 11 organizations are offering volunteering opportunities, including the General Directorate of Civil Defense, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and the Health Volunteer Center.

The university provides the use of its campus as a venue for Hajj-related meetings and a transportation hub. It also develops and provides technology and innovation services through the Wadi Makkah Technology Company, an investment company fully owned by the university. The company actively contributes through the forging of partnerships between educational and research institutions and the business community, by investing in joint projects and supporting research and technical projects designed to benefit pilgrims.

Nayla Jad, a graduate student at the university who is specializing in Hajj and Umrah studies, said: “The Hajj and Umrah major is one of the most important specializations for building the financial and business sector by providing qualitative services to pilgrims every year.”


Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s relief work for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan continues with the launch of a food security project for the displaced living outside camps

The Kingdom’s latest project, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), aims to help refugee families and the neediest people in the host community, and contributing to improving their living conditions, according to a report from state news agency SPA.

Among KSRelief’s efforts for refugees in Jordan includes a $1.33 million agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Foundation to treat Syrians diagnosed with cancer; a $2 million accord with the National Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition to boost food security for poor families as well as a pact with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization to provide housing and utilities support for 22 Syrian families involving 109 individuals.


Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thanked Uzbekistan for supporting Riyadh’s bid to host the World Expo 2030, during a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported citing a joint statement. 

The meeting between the two leaders, held in Jeddah on Wednesday, reviewed the countries’ relations and ways to enhance bilateral ties, a joint statement between the two countries said. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Mirziyoyev also emphasized the importance of exploring investment opportunities between their two countries, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals and Uzbekistan’s development goals.


Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia
Updated 19 August 2022

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev performed the Umrah pilgrimage on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 

The president was received by several officials from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque and from the Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque upon his arrival. 

Mirziyoyev’s official press service shared photos from the president’s pilgrimage on Twitter. 

 

The Uzbek president had arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday, where he was received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The pair held a meeting and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common interest. 


Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader
  • The pair discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received in Jeddah Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement leader Ammar Al-Hakim, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Friday.

The pair discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest.

Al-Hakim arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday and was received by deputy minister of foreign affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji.

Saudi and Iraqi senior officials attended the meeting. 


Deputy environment minister stresses importance of developing geospatial infrastructure  

Deputy environment minister stresses importance of developing geospatial infrastructure  
Updated 18 August 2022

Deputy environment minister stresses importance of developing geospatial infrastructure  

Deputy environment minister stresses importance of developing geospatial infrastructure  

RIYADH: Mansour Al-Mushaiti, deputy minister of environment, water and agriculture, stressed the importance of developing geospatial infrastructure during a meeting organized by the ministry at its headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday. 

Al-Mushaiti commended the ministry’s work on geospatial infrastructure and remote sensing over the past years and emphasized the need to develop leadership in this area. 

Bandar Al-Muslmani, general supervisor of the geospatial information and remote sensing department at the ministry, spoke about the significance of developing training programs in the field in order to bolster digital sectors through geospatial data, applications and spatial analytics.

Such training programs would lead to increased efficiency, improved services and location-based decisions.

According to the Unified National Platform, the availability of geospatial information is required to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.