Al-Sudais welcomes constructive criticism

Updated 25 October 2014

Al-Sudais welcomes constructive criticism

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, has said that he receives constructive criticism with an open mind.
Speaking to media professionals on the occasion of a ceremony at the conclusion of this year's Haj and Umrah seasons, he said: “We are not afraid of the media but welcome them instead with open hearts and gladly accept their constructive observations and request for transparency on any issue.”
He called on the media professionals to attend the seminar organized by the public relations department at the presidency’s headquarters.
During the ceremony, he announced the end of this year’s Haj and Umrah season, noting that planning and organization are the cornerstones of a successful season, commending the cooperation of all parties concerned.
He said that evaluation committees had embarked on assessing the works of the presidency’s personnel during this season, and have started preparations for the next one.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

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The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.