Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program Express Gratitude

Makkah: Many pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Kingdom’s leadership for hosting them to perform Hajj this year, praising the great services that the Kingdom provides to …

Makkah: Many pilgrims hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Kingdom's leadership for hosting them to perform Hajj this year, praising the great services that the Kingdom provides to pilgrims. Youssef, a British pilgrim who converted to Islam after his deep research into the Islamic religion, confirmed that he was honored this year to be part of the guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program, expressing his overwhelming happiness when he directly saw the Holy Kaaba for the first time, and his feeling of deep inner peace. Regarding the story of his conversion to Islam ten years ago, he said a short trip to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, suddenly opened the doors of faith for him. He returned to Britain to research Islam extensively, reaching a firm conviction to convert to Islam, he added. For his part, the Deputy Imam of the Republican Palace in Banjul, Gambia, Banjul, Ayoub Sani, spoke about performing Hajj this year as part of the program, and his renewed opportunity to visit the Kingdom, Makkah and the holy sites. He recalled his feelings 23 years ago when he was one of the students at the Islamic University in Madinah. He cited the services the program provides that enable them to perform Hajj with ease and tranquility, without discrimination or classification. Meanwhile, Mohammed Amin, head of Places of Worship in New York City, praised the new regulations and modern technologies that contributed to facilitating Hajj procedures within the Program for the Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, which was reflected in the comfort and reassurance of the pilgrims, and he expressed his happiness at being one of the beneficiaries of the program. He reported that he is working on showing the tolerant image of Islam through direct interaction with different communities and ethnicities in many places of worship in New York, which is inhabited by nearly a million Muslims and hosts about 300 mosques and Islamic centers. He drew attention to his admiration for the continuous development the Kingdom is making in terms of employing modern technologies and organized thought in implementing Hajj and facilitating procedures to serve the guests of God. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Warnings that hospitals and health centers will stop working in Gaza

Gaza – Together – The medical system warned, on Wednesday, that hospitals, health centers and the only oxygen station in the Gaza Governorate would stop working, as a result of the lack of fuel, in light of the continued Israeli occupation aggression …

Gaza - Together - The medical system warned, on Wednesday, that hospitals, health centers and the only oxygen station in the Gaza Governorate would stop working, as a result of the lack of fuel, in light of the continued Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip and its control over the crossings. She explained that this would expose the lives of dozens of sick and wounded people to death, in addition to exposing the medicines in the refrigerators to damage, because diesel was not included to operate the generator feeding the oxygen station and the refrigerators for storing medicines. It appealed to all concerned, international and humanitarian institutions for the necessity and speed of intervention to bring in the necessary fuel, in addition to the electric generators and spare parts needed for maintenance. She pointed out that dialysis services in the Gaza Governorate are also at risk of stopping, as a result of the lack of fuel, in addition to the remaining ambulances stopping work. The tol l of the aggression against Gaza has risen to 37,164 martyrs and 84,832 injuries since October 7, 2023. Source: Maan News Agency

Islamic Affairs Ministry Continues to Receive Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program from 83 Countries

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance received 129 pilgrims today in Makkah as part of the Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit. This brings the total number of pilgrims arriving to Ma…

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance received 129 pilgrims today in Makkah as part of the Guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit. This brings the total number of pilgrims arriving to Makkah within the program to 1299 from 83 countries. The Ministry will continue to receive the rest of the delegations of the guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Hajj in the coming days, totalling 3322 pilgrims from 88 countries. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Madinah Authorities Successfully Transport Pilgrims to Holy Sites for Hajj

Madinah: Government agencies in Madinah collaborated seamlessly to complete the transportation of all remaining pilgrims to Makkah and the holy sites for this year’s Hajj.

Pilgrims ride on buses from their residences in the central region, which ensu…

Madinah: Government agencies in Madinah collaborated seamlessly to complete the transportation of all remaining pilgrims to Makkah and the holy sites for this year's Hajj. Pilgrims ride on buses from their residences in the central region, which ensures precise arrival and departure times based on a pre-determined dispatch plan that factors in the need for efficient movement of hundreds of buses in a timely manner. From the central bus station, buses proceeded smoothly toward Makkah and the holy sites on the Hijrah highway. Pilgrims opting to travel by train left from the Haramain High-Speed Railway, where they were offered all the necessary security, health, and guidance services. The entire process was thoroughly supervised by the Hajj and Visit Committee in Madinah region through technology and direct communication channels among various entities that monitor and track pilgrim buses. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and several other entities all participated, working in close coordination with security authorities and Madinah Traffic Department to ensure the successful departure on the fifth of Dhu al-Hijjah of all buses within the designated timeframe. Security personnel played a pivotal role in safeguarding pilgrims along the 450-kilometer Hijrah highway that connects Madinah with Makkah. They endeavored to maintain public safety and facilitate the timely movement of thousands of pilgrims leaving aboard hundreds of buses within a maximum of 24 hours. This entailed implementing a comprehensive security control plan and designating rest stops along the highway to maintain the well-being of pilgrims until their safe arrival in Makkah. The dispatch program culminated on the sixth of Dhu al-Hijjah with the transportation of a special convoy of sick and hospitalized pilgrims who were under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Health. This operation involved ambulances staffed by medical personnel to enable pilgrims with health concerns to comfortably fulfill their religious obligation and witness the Day of Arafat with the larger congregation. This annual humanitarian effort is testimony to the Kingdom's commitment to ensuring a smooth and accessible Hajj for all pilgrims. Source: Saudi Press Agency

President of Ukraine Arrives in Jeddah

Riyadh: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his accompanying delegation arrived today in Jeddah on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by Deputy Governor of Makkah Region P…

Riyadh: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his accompanying delegation arrived today in Jeddah on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by Deputy Governor of Makkah Region Prince Saud bin Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet (accompanying minister) Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi Ambassador to Ukraine Mohammed Al-Jibreen, Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko, and several other officials. Source: Saudi Press Agency

SDAIA Utilizes Technology to Facilitate Travel Procedures of Pilgrims from Côte d’Ivoire

Makkah: The Saudi Data AND AI Authority (SDAIA) makes use of a variety of advanced technologies at the Makkah Route Initiative terminal at Abidjan Airport, in Côte d’Ivoire, to facilitate travel procedures for people travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi…

Makkah: The Saudi Data AND AI Authority (SDAIA) makes use of a variety of advanced technologies at the Makkah Route Initiative terminal at Abidjan Airport, in Côte d'Ivoire, to facilitate travel procedures for people travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. To do so, SDAIA collaborates with engineers who work in the initiative's hall in Côte d'Ivoire; it developed high-profile technical systems that align with service requirements. These include the border, Hajj, and passenger registration systems, and luggage equipped with biometric registration devices. These efforts are part of SDAIA's ongoing work to enhance its capabilities through continuous innovation in the field of artificial intelligence, and harness them to serve different country sectors, support digital transformation, and ensure the provision of the best services. Moreover, SDAIA is helping state sectors increase cooperation to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom Vision 2030, which include providing services to pilgrims. S ource: Saudi Press Agency