Saudi Arabia offers condolences to Iraq after deadly wedding hall fire

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to Iraq after deadly wedding hall fire
A firefighter checks the damage in an event hall in Qaraqosh, also known as Hamdaniyah, after a fire broke out during a wedding, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150 (AFP)
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Updated 27 September 2023
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Saudi Arabia offers condolences to Iraq after deadly wedding hall fire

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to Iraq after deadly wedding hall fire
  • The fire broke out during a wedding on Tuesday night, at an event hall in the northern Iraqi town of Qaraqosh

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia offered condolences to Iraq after a fire ripped through a wedding hall, killing more than 100 and injuring scores more.
The Kingdom shared its sympathy through a foreign ministry statement issued on Wednesday morning, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The fire broke out during a wedding on Tuesday night, at an event hall in the northern Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, officials said early Wednesday.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry said it had issued four arrest warrants for owners of the wedding hall, state media reported, and President Abdul Latif Rashid called for an investigation


Saudi FM discusses Gaza, Yemen and Sudan with Blinken

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. (AFP)
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Saudi FM discusses Gaza, Yemen and Sudan with Blinken

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. (AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

During the call, the two officials discussed developments in the Gaza Strip, Yemen, and Sudan.


Saudi interior ministry arrests six violators of Hajj regulations

Hajj security forces stationed at entrances to Makkah arrested on Sunday six people who violated Hajj regulations. (AN photo)
Hajj security forces stationed at entrances to Makkah arrested on Sunday six people who violated Hajj regulations. (AN photo)
Updated 17 June 2024
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Saudi interior ministry arrests six violators of Hajj regulations

Hajj security forces stationed at entrances to Makkah arrested on Sunday six people who violated Hajj regulations. (AN photo)
  • Those arrested were given 15-day prison sentence and fined SR10,000 for each violator they tried to transport
  • The vehicles used to transport the violators were confiscated

RIYADH: Hajj security forces stationed at entrances to Makkah arrested on Sunday six people who violated Hajj regulations by transporting a group of 52 individuals attempting to perform Hajj without a permit.

The resident and five citizens were each given a 15-day prison sentence and fined SR10,000 ($2,665) for each violator they tried to transport illegally.

The vehicles used to transport the violators were also confiscated, the Ministry of Interior said.

Residents who violate Hajj regulations face deportation and the ministry has urged all citizens and residents to strictly comply with Hajj regulations to ensure pilgrims feel safe, comfortable, and at peace when performing Hajj rituals.


44.8m phone calls by pilgrims during Eid

44.8m phone calls by pilgrims during Eid
Updated 17 June 2024
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44.8m phone calls by pilgrims during Eid

44.8m phone calls by pilgrims during Eid
  • 38.04 million were local and 6.76 million were international calls, with a success rate of more than 99 percent
  • In terms of data usage, pilgrims consumed 5,790 terabytes during the holiday

MINA: Pilgrims in Makkah and at the holy sites made a record-breaking 44.8 million telephone calls on Sunday during Eid Al-Adha, Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission said on Monday.

Of those, 38.04 million were local and 6.76 million were international calls, with a success rate of more than 99 percent.

In terms of data usage, pilgrims consumed 5,790 terabytes during the holiday, the commission added, which is equivalent to streaming more than 2.37 million hours of high-definition, 1080p video.

Average daily data consumption reached 779.93 megabytes per subscriber, which was more than double the global average of 380MB.

The mobile internet infrastructure was able to provide an average data-download speed of 376.18 megabits per second and an average upload speed of 48.04Mbps, according to the commission.


National Water Co. conducts tests throughout Hajj

National Water Co. conducts tests throughout Hajj
Updated 17 June 2024
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National Water Co. conducts tests throughout Hajj

National Water Co. conducts tests throughout Hajj
  • Company said its operational plan focuses on ensuring the quality of water via round-the-clock field work by teams collecting samples from drinking water sources
  • Has equipped the central laboratory in Makkah with the latest international technology to ensure the quality of water provided to pilgrims is maintained at the highest standard

MINA: The National Water Co. is conducting tests to ensure water quality meets international standards for pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia during Hajj season.

The company said its operational plan focuses on ensuring the quality of water via round-the-clock field work by teams collecting samples from drinking water sources, operational tanks, strategic storage tanks, and water networks at the holy sites.

It confirmed that it has equipped the central laboratory in Makkah with the latest international technology to ensure the quality of water provided to pilgrims is maintained at the highest standard.

Fixed and mobile laboratories in the holy sites conduct tests on samples collected by teams on a continual basis from primary water sources, operational and strategic reservoirs, and water systems in and around Makkah and other holy sites.

The teams consists of highly qualified, specialized staff who conduct over 4,100 tests daily.


Diriyah authority celebrates Eid with artistic performances

Diriyah authority celebrates Eid with artistic performances
Updated 17 June 2024
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Diriyah authority celebrates Eid with artistic performances

Diriyah authority celebrates Eid with artistic performances
  • Citizens and visitors participated in the events, enjoying the carnival atmosphere in several locations

RIYADH: The Diriyah Gate Development Authority celebrated Eid Al-Adha by organizing a range of artistic and cultural shows.

Citizens and visitors participated in the events, enjoying the carnival atmosphere in several locations, including Diriyah’s parks, squares and neighborhoods, as well as the historic Al-Turaif neighborhood and the Bujairi Terrace.

The four-day events, which kicked off on the first day of Eid, included artistic and cultural programs and live shows in Al-Turaif, in addition to popular arts shows such as Ardah and Samri. About 25,000 gifts were distributed to citizens and visitors enjoying the activities, interactive shows and live music.

Also on the first day of Eid, the authority launched a service to manage the sacrificed animals, in accordance with approved standards and requirements. It supervised the organization and preparation process during the pilgrimage and arranged parking areas and waiting tents, in addition to distributing sacrificial bags to those wishing to perform the ritual.

This year’s events included Arabian horse shows, traditional henna decorations and the distribution of gift. Boxes of sweets were also handed out.

Crowds of people enjoyed Eid Al-Adha events at Bujairi Terrace. These included live musical shows using oud, rababa and qanun instruments, and pavilions where artists drew caricatured portraits of guests and children could have their faces painted.