Security officers helping Hajis trending on Twitter

Updated 10 October 2014

Security officers helping Hajis trending on Twitter

Photos and videos of security officers from various military sectors assisting and providing services to pilgrims during the Haj season have been trending across social networking sites, such as Twitter. A number of religious leaders and media personnel have devoted their pages to discussing the positive role of security authorities in Saudi Arabia in the success of this year’s Haj season.
Active users on social networking sites produced various hashtags, notably #thanks_security_men, to express their gratitude and appreciation for their humanitarian efforts and positive representation of Saudi Arabia.
Tweeters from various Arab and Islamic countries tweeted their appreciation for these security authorities.
“The security men’s actions in Saudi Arabia during this year’s pilgrimage has made me reconsider my views on questioning the inclusiveness of Arab security institutions, as these men acted in complete humility and with respect,” tweeted an Algerian writer and human rights activist, and former observer for the Arab League.
Ghassan Alzahrani tweeted, “You must be thanked for leaving your children and family to serve the pilgrims, regardless of how much the media focuses on directing all the praise and appreciation toward top officials only.”
“We are all proud of the success and efforts of the security men who portrayed the finest examples of sacrifice, dedication, patience, and they must be thanked before the whole world,” said Dr. Amira Al-Harbi. Sports media figure Rajaa All Al-Salimy tweeted a photo of a security officer pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair with the phrase “We and your country are blessed to have you”.
Various users also tweeted about the positive attitudes of security men during their work.
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, honored First Officer Khalid Abdullah Shouq of the special emergencies forces in Arafat for his humanitarian efforts and for servicing pilgrims and visitors of the Grand Mosque.
This came during a reception held at Prince Mishaal’s residence in Arafat in honor of First Officer Shouq, during which the humanitarian efforts of all security men toward their country and pilgrims were also highlighted and praised.
First Officer Shouq, in turn, expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Prince Mishaal for the generous gesture, stressing it is an incentive for him and the rest of his teammates to continue doing their best to serve the pilgrims and visitors to the Kingdom.

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at:

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.