Pilgrims consume 35,000 tons of Zamzam water

Pilgrims consume 35,000 tons of Zamzam water
A report revealed that the amount of Zamzam water consumed reached 35,000 tons. (SPA)
Updated 04 July 2016

Pilgrims consume 35,000 tons of Zamzam water

Pilgrims consume 35,000 tons of Zamzam water

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also chairman of the Central Haj Committee, reviewed a report presented by the adviser to the province, Hisham Al-Faleh, on the efforts of the governorate and other relevant bodies during the Umrah season in Ramadan.

The report stated that all phases of the expansion of the Grand Mosque, including the yard and the mataf have been prepared to receive and serve pilgrims and worshippers. All paths and spaces allocated to circumambulation in the Kaaba area, or other floors and roof are ready, which increased the capacity of the mataf to the maximum, which is 107,000 people per hour. The report revealed that the amount of Zamzam water consumed reached 35,000 tons.
The report mentioned that the Rifada and Siqaya committee, which is supervised by the governorate, aimed to distribute 6 million iftar meals during Ramadan, with the participation of 45 charity organizations and 15 kitchens and restaurants. More than 5.5 million meals have been distributed at Makkah and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, while the number of cooperating individuals reached around 2,300.
The report includes the most important decisions issued by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to facilitate matters for worshippers while performing worship during Ramadan. These included the allocation of the Kaaba area for circumambulation, while prayers should be performed in the halls, the expansion and upper floors of the mosque throughout Ramadan. Al-Umrah Gate will be opened temporarily for the remainder of Ramadan, in addition to operating the Groul tunnel for worshipers and Umrah pilgrims. Free food will be served in the yards of the Grand Mosque, and the work of the anti-negative phenomenon committee will be supported.
The bridge on the eastern front was opened and the clock in the southern yard, in front of King Abdul Aziz Gate was removed. The Grand Mosque Hospital was opened to offer medical services for visitors of the Grand Mosque. Around 20 million worshippers and Umrah pilgrims reached the mosque over 20 days and benefited from spaces in the northern expansion.
The report included relevant government and service bodies which implanted their plans starting from ports at the entry stage at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Jeddah Islamic Port and ending with their departure to make sure that work went according to plan.
The report revealed that King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah received the largest number of Umrah pilgrims, at 645,000; the number of pilgrims who had left reached 265,000 by the 22nd day of Ramadan through 2,400 arrival flights and 1,500 departures.
According to the report, the Ministry of Interior at the airport completed the print and required data entry procedures and Customs officials checked the luggage of pilgrims, while the Ministry of Haj facilitated and offered services to Umrah pilgrims and solved problems that faced them, in addition to their tasks in following up on the situation of Umrah pilgrims in Makkah from their arrival to departure.
The report pointed out the anti-negative phenomenon committee in the central area, which is supervised by the governorate, clamped down on begging and motor bikes, in addition to implementing regulations against violators to make sure the central area was free of these things to enable Umrah pilgrims to perform their prayers easily and smoothly.
According the report, the authorities deployed all their potential to carry out municipal services, control markets, carry out light and road maintenance, in addition to inspections on slaughter houses and hygiene works.


Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir

Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir
Updated 3 min 52 sec ago

Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir

Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, Sheikh Tamim congratulated the crown prince on the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Prince Mohammed also exchanged well wishes on the occasion.


Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases

Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases
Updated 13 April 2021

Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases

Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 608 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 389

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded eight new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,773.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 951 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 400,228 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 8,820 remain active and 962 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 389, followed by Makkah with 212, the Eastern Province with 144, Asir recorded 38 and Madinah confirmed 32 cases.

The ministry also announced that 608 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 361,813.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 137 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.95 million.


Saudia Airlines to trial IATA travel pass on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah

Saudia Airlines to trial IATA travel pass on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah
Updated 13 April 2021

Saudia Airlines to trial IATA travel pass on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah

Saudia Airlines to trial IATA travel pass on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah
  • The trial will begin on April 19 and will continue until mid May
  • It will allow travelers to create digital passports to ensure all government health requirements are met

JEDDAH: Saudia Airlines announced on Monday that it will trial the digital travel and health pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It will start on April 19 on the Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah route.
The pass is a mobile app that helps passengers to simply and securely manage their travel information and documents, and comply with any official precautionary requirements to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition to flight details and personal information, including passport data, the app can also store verified COVID-19 test results and proof of vaccination. It also includes an option to securely share required information with testing labs or airlines.
According to IATA, users need not worry about the security of their data as it remains confidential and is stored in an encrypted form locally, on the phone. If app is deleted, so is all of the user’s data that is stored in it.
The aim is to help ensure passengers have a safe and seamless travel experience, as part of the efforts to ensure a safe return to international travel and support the recovery of the aviation sector from the effects of the pandemic. During the trial and testing process, IATA will work to develop the app for use across the airline’s network.
“This is great news. I hope it gets approved and applied to all international flights,” Abdullah Al-Muhsin, form Riyadh, told Arab News.
“As a vaccinated individual, this will make it much easier for me to prove my immunity. This step … invites people to get vaccinated and also ensures health requirements are met.”
Turki Khalaf, also from Riyadh, told Arab News: “Anything that would make life easier and reduces costs is good.
“I hope that the next step is our travel pass becomes vital too, and we become free of the anxiety every time we go to the airport, fearing that little note might get lost, stolen or damaged.”
The trial will continue until May 17. Travelers are encouraged to use the app but it is not a requirement. During the trial period passengers must still carry traditional documentation, printed or in digital form, that shows the result of a PCR test by an authorized clinic, as immigration and health authorities might require it. In addition, the travel pass does not replace existing travel or entry requirements in Saudi Arabia, including possession of a valid passport and visa, if applicable. Visit www.saudia.com/travel-pass for more information.


Saudi female elected first president of Digital Cooperation Organization

Saudi female elected first president of Digital Cooperation Organization
KSA’s Deema Alyahya is the first secretary-general of DCO. (SPA)
Updated 13 April 2021

Saudi female elected first president of Digital Cooperation Organization

Saudi female elected first president of Digital Cooperation Organization
  • It is estimated that by 2025 the global digital economy will be worth $23 trillion with a GDP share of 24.3 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia was elected president of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) and Saudi national Deemah Alyahya was appointed the first secretary-general of the organization during its first meeting on Monday.
The organization also approved the accession of Nigeria and Oman to the organization as founding members.
The first five members of DCO included Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Pakistan.
The seven member states constitute an economic bloc worth $2 trillion of the global gross domestic product.
The first meeting was chaired by Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha. Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Communication Union, GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, World Economic Forum President Borge Brende and representatives of different UN programs also attended the meeting.
The meeting approved several initiatives including establishment of a center to boost coordination on transfer of data, women’s empowerment and promotion of small and medium enterprises with a focus on digital transformation.
The DCO aims to strengthen collaboration among member nations as they adapt to a global economy increasingly defined by technological innovation.
Through this initiative, the member states could establish solid cooperation in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, big data, 5G, cloud computing, and blockchain.
It is estimated that by 2025 the global digital economy will be worth $23 trillion with a GDP share of 24.3 percent. This provides the DCO with a great opportunity to build a platform for their tech-savvy youth, women, entrepreneurs, and indigenous industry to flourish and compete with their global contemporaries and boost their digital competitiveness.
In addition, member states can harness their expertise and share experience to strengthen efforts for preparing for global crises such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


Madinah to get family medicine academy

Madinah to get family medicine academy
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 13 April 2021

Madinah to get family medicine academy

Madinah to get family medicine academy
  • Top quality healthcare forms an important part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday oversaw the signing ceremony of an agreement between the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Madinah Health Community for the establishment of the Academy of Postgraduate Studies for Family Medicine.
The academy aims to expand the specialization program in family medicine in line with the goals of the government to modernize the healthcare system in the Kingdom and to ensure the best facilities for citizens.
Top quality healthcare forms an important part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.
The academy will ensure the quality of the program by forging a partnership with the Irish College of General Practitioners.
Initially 40 seats will be available at the academy. The capacity will be increases by 25 percent annually to reach 80 per year.
The academy will follow strict criteria for the evaluation of its doctors in coordination with local and international partners and take measures to boost the skills of the academy’s graduates as per the international standards.