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Haj Terminal arrivals cross 300,000


The Haj Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.
By FATIMA SIDIYA | ARAB NEWS

Published: Oct 25, 2010

JEDDAH: The Haj Terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah has received more than 300,000 pilgrims in the last two weeks, which is twice the number received last year during the same period, according to airport officials.

Officials took local media representatives on a tour of the Haj Terminal on Monday.

Mohammad, a wheelchair-bound 93-year-old pilgrim from Pakistan, said through tears and thankful prayers that this was his second time to come for Haj.

Describing the procedures for receiving pilgrims as “complicated but organized,” Samir Mira, an official of Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, said the Haj Terminal — the enormous, shaded outdoor facility located near the North Terminal — could receive up to six flights per hour.

“First all pilgrims go to the health section for inspection, then to the Passport Department, which takes longer because of the fingerprinting operation,” said Mira.

“The pilgrims then visit the Ministry of Haj section and finally to their Haj agencies, which organize the housing and transportation,” he said.

The official added that long queues in the process can occur due to difficulties in dealing with the many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the pilgrims.

Adnan Al-Saggaf, deputy executive manager Ports Projects Management and Development Company, a private company in charge of the airport operations, said there are 22,000 employees at the Haj Terminal.

He added that the employees face the challenge of shifting operations from receiving pilgrims to seeing them off within a five-day window during which the Haj takes place.

Answering a question about women employees at the Haj Terminal, Al-Saggaf said they are mainly working in security operations and nursing. He did not give a percentage of the women staff.

Mira said flight delays can lead to bottlenecks in jet traffic at the terminal, thus airlines are urged to keep to their schedules.

“There will be fines imposed on airlines delaying their flights,” he said. “This can also lead to preventing them from participating in the coming Haj seasons.”

Mira said three national and 75 international carriers operate Haj flights. The national carriers ferrying the pilgrims are Saudi Arabian Airlines, Nasair and Al-Wafeer.

This year, the airport has more hotel rooms, boarding lounges, air-bridges and immigration counters.

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Makkah mayor promises mega projects’ completion by 2012


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October 17, 2010

MAKKAH: Dr. Osama Al-Bar, the Mayor of Makkah, member of the Central Haj Committee and Chairman and Chief Executive of the Makkah Development Authority, has promised that a number of large projects currently underway in the city will be completed by 2012.

Al-Bar told Saudi Gazette that this has been ordered by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

He said the projects that have been earmarked include the King Abdul Aziz Highway between Makkah and Jeddah, running parallel to the existing highway. He said construction has already started and that it will be a prototype for future road developments in the region.

Another project is the construction of eight slaughter houses with modern equipment and an automatic cleaning system, which is also now nearing completion.

These slaughter houses will operate under the Islamic Development Bank.

The arrangements have been made to slaughter one million animals during the days of sacrifice. There are five other slaughter houses operating under the mayoralty’s authority.

Al-Bar said there are four pedestrian tunnels, named after King Abdullah, now being built.

The tunnels will connect Al-Hujun district and Al-Jarwal District with the Grand Mosque. These tunnels are expected to reduce traffic in the area.
A housing project of 5,000 units has also started.

These houses will be given to citizens particularly those whose houses have been demolished.

This will be an additional benefit, apart from compensation already paid out by King Abdullah, said Al-Bar.

He said nine stations are almost completed, which are part of the multibillion railway project linking Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifa.

Al-Bar said the King wants other projects also completed by 2012, including the new annex east of the Grand Mosque, the Jabal Omar project near the Grand Mosque, and the high-speed rail between Makkah and Madina.

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By GALAL FAKKAR | ARAB NEWS
Published: Oct 24, 2010

Squatting pilgrims will not be allowed: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched the third phase of a major Haj awareness campaign here on Saturday, urging foreign Haj missions to do more to ensure their pilgrims follow safety instructions and the Kingdom’s regulations.

The media campaign, which began two years ago, has been successful in reducing the number of pilgrims squatting in public places by 70 percent, especially among pilgrims who come from outside Makkah.

However, Saudi employee Shaker Angawi voiced his fears over whether the growing charges imposed by Haj service companies, ranging between SR2,000 and SR10,000, would undermine the “No Haj Without Permit” campaign.

“This amount is very high and many people will not be able to afford it, especially those Saudis and expatriates who want to perform Haj with their family members,” Angawi told Arab News.

Prince Khaled said the government would continue the campaign over the coming years to put an end to the trend of pilgrims squatting.

“The use of Haj permits will have a great impact on the successful implementation of the government’s Haj plan,” the governor told the gathering, also attended by Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy. “It will give us the exact number of people performing the Haj and make preparations for their housing, food and transportation accordingly,” he said. Prince Khaled thanked all employees and officials involved in making the Haj operation a big success, especially Haj Ministry officials and security officers. The governor urged pilgrims to focus their attention on worship, prayers and meditation and respect the Kingdom’s regulations.

“The rules and regulations are set for the benefit of pilgrims and not to put restrictions on them,” he said. Prince Khaled acknowledged that eradicating pilgrims squatting in public places during Haj was not an easy task. Abdul Aziz Al-Rashid, who organizes domestic Haj trips, called for an intensive campaign in all the Kingdom’s regions to enlighten the public on the need to obtain Haj permits before proceeding to the holy sites. He also called for a balanced Haj service fare that would not harm operators as well as pilgrims. He also called for establishing camps that could accommodate a large number of pilgrims at lower rates.

These camps, Al-Rashid believed, would be the answer to pilgrims squatting in public places, adding that they should be supervised by the Haj Ministry and Ministry of Interior.

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October 29

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A senior official at the Palestinian embassy in Egypt said Friday that the transfer of Gaza pilgrims to Saudi Arabia would begin on 3 November as the Hajj journey starts for tens of thousands of Muslims.

The official said the move was authorized by Ambassador Barakat Al-Farra, who had arranged with embassy staff and local officials to facilitate the travel of the pilgrims, in particular their exit from Gaza into Egypt.

An unconfirmed number of pilgrims will pass through the Rafah crossing and travel by bus to the Cairo International Airport, and then on to Mecca.

According to officials, permits for Gaza pilgrims were facilitated by Egyptian Interior Ministry staff, and all expectations were that the trip for the Hajj travelers would go smoothly.

In 2008, Gaza residents who hoped to perform the sacred pilgrimage were variously told that they had to apply for the permissions lottery organized by Saudi Arabia via the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and the Hamas government in Gaza. Permits were issued via the PA, angering Gaza officials, who then refused to allow travelers to pass through the Rafah crossing unless those selected by the Gaza government's lottery could also pass.

As a consequence, no pilgrims from Gaza were able to make the pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, which involves travel to Mecca as an act of solidarity between Muslims, proof of submission to God, and as a remembrance of the miracle of water, which sprung forth when the wife of Abraham was abandoned with her infant son in Mecca.

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By FATIMA SIDIYA | ARAB NEWS

Published: Oct 19, 2010

JEDDAH: A ban on smoking inside all Saudi airports and a SR200 fine for violators were approved Monday by Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation and chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

Abdullah Al-Rahimi, president of GACA, said the new rule has been prepared by GACA in cooperation with other relevant bodies, and that the aim is to create a healthy, clean and smoke-free environment at airports across the Kingdom.

Al-Rahimi said airports have been asked to implement the ban starting Dul Hijjah 1 (Nov. 7). He also called on airport staff and passengers to stop smoking inside airports and to cooperate with airport security in respecting the ban.

Abdul Hameed Abalary, director of the Central Department for Aviation Security, said the new regulation consists of 11 articles, and that GACA will stringently enforce it.

Special smoking areas will be designated inside the Kingdom’s airports for smokers. Airport employees who smoke will be fined, have their airport security cards confiscated and issued official warnings.

Fines will be issued by airport security, which operates under the Royal Air Force. Smokers who are fined will be asked for their Saudi ID cards or iqamas. All money generated will be deposited to a special anti-smoking fund belonging to the Ministry of Health.

Asked how foreign visitors who do not have iqamas will be fined, GACA spokesman Khaled Al-Khaibari said they constitute a small percentage of people who use airports and are usually familiar with smoking restrictions in their home countries. He added that airport staff will announce warnings over microphones, and that warning boards will also convey the message.

Asked whether the new rule will be successful in stamping out the problem, Al-Khaibari said yes, as it will be implemented stringently.

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From Cape Town to Arafat, Nathim Cairncross, right, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron are on a cycling journey to Haj.
By K.S. RAMKUMAR,
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Published: Oct 27, 2010 20:40

Two young South Africans have pedaled their way to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Haj. Nathim Cairncross, 28, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Haron, 25, both from Cape Town, said on arrival at the Saudi border before reaching Tabuk that they felt happy they were fulfilling their dream of performing Haj. “Pedaling our way to the Kingdom from Cape Town was a grueling experience. We wanted to travel this way so that we are prepared to experience the rigors of performing the pilgrimage,” Cairncross, a town planner by profession, told Arab News over the telephone on Monday night.

Both set out on their journey for the annual pilgrimage on Feb. 7 on their bicycles. They pedaled through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Turkey, Syria and Jordan before reaching the Saudi border. “This is our first Haj. We could have come for Haj by plane, but it was our cherished desire to travel differently, so we chose to use our bicycles, as cycling is what we both love the most,” Cairncross said.

Both pedaled 80 to 100 km daily and took rest in mosques or tents after dusk and set out again after dawn. “People have been very cooperative and courteous. At every place that we passed through, they welcomed us and were happy to know that we were going for Haj. Food was never a problem as people took delight in offering us the choicest dishes. Of course, it was tiresome to pedal throughout the journey, especially when negotiating mountainous regions,” Cairncross added.

Language was a big problem for both of them. “Once we entered the Arab countries, we decided to pick up Arabic, especially while traveling through Syria and Jordan. This suited us well when we reached the Saudi border where the security officials were very friendly and welcomed and greeted us. They were also happy to know that we have undertaken this arduous journey to fulfill our Haj dream,” Cairncross said. “We came with a very small budget and we found to our delight there were people readily prepared to offer us the local cash and meet our needs.”

Both did not encounter any serious problem on their way through nine countries in the course of their nine-month journey. “All we did was to change tires and tubes, and fix the pedal chain from time to time.

Asked why they chose to ride bicycles, Cairncross said: “This gives us a lot of opportunity to meet and interact with different people in different countries. Additionally, we continued with our Dawa work wherever we stopped for our overnight stays.”

Both Cairncross and Haron are students of Islamic law and have studied Shariah. “I joined a university and completed a course in town planning and am working in the field of construction,” Cairncross said.

Both of them are single and love sports. While Cairncross is interested in wind surfing along beaches and seas, Haron, an economics graduate, excels in kickboxing and mountain climbing.

After the pilgrimage, both propose to return home via West Africa.

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Makkah metro ticket set at SR250
Published Sunday, October 31, 2010

Muslims wishing to use Makkah’s first metro when they converge on the holy city next month for their annual pilgrimage will have to pay SR250 for a ticket that will serve them for seven days, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

Three different types of tickets will cover all holy sites in Makkah and will allow the pilgrims to take the train into the city to perform their rites before returning to their residence inside or outside the city, Ajel online newspaper said, quoting Habib Zain Alabidin, Undersecretary at the Saudi Ministry of Municipal affairs.

“The ticket’s price is set at SR250 that will cover a full trip into and out of Makkah for seven days…another ticket is priced at SR100 for four days,” he said.

Officials said last week the train has a capacity to transport 170,000 passengers in its first stage and two million when the third and final phase is completed.

Saudi Arabia has allocated nearly SR6.7 billion (Dh6.6 billion) for the metro, which begins service next month for the first time in Makkah’s history. Officials expect the project to largely contribute to easing road congestions caused by the accumulation of thousands of cars near Makkah.

Dubbed the “Holy Rituals Train”, the project is part of a costly programme by Saudi Arabia to tackle massive traffic congestions in and around the city and facilitate access to all sacred sites in Makkah.

The train project, initiated three years ago, followed a series of incidents that have killed thousands of pilgrims in stampedes, building collapses and other accidents during the few days of the Haj season.

More than two million Muslims from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Co-operation Council countries and other nations descend on Makkah every year to perform Haj.

China Railway Construction Corp, part of a Saudi-French-Chinese consortium which won the contract, is carrying out the project, involving nearly 5,000 workers. The train is the Gulf’s second metro system after the Dubai Metro.

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كشف وكيل وزارة الشؤون البلدية والقروية للمشاريع المركزية في المشاعر المقدسة حبيب بن زين العابدين عن تقسيم تذاكر قطار المشاعر المقدسة إلى ثلاث فئات: «سوار باللون الأزرق لمحطات «عرفات1» و«مزدلفة1» و«منى1»، وآخر باللون الأصفر لمحطات «عرفات 2» و«مزدلفة 2» و«منى2»، وثالث باللون الأخضر لمحطات «عرفات 3» و«مزدلفة 3» و«الجمرات منى 3». وقال أمس (السبت) في جدة إن سوار الإركاب لفئات الحجاج، يشمل رحلة الحج كاملة (منى وعرفات ومزدلفة والجمرات) لمدة سبعة أيام بمبلغ 250 ريالاً للحاج. بينما خصص «سوار» أيام التشريق لمنسوبي الجهات الحكومية ومدته أربعة أيام بـ100 ريال، مشيراً إلى توزيعها على الحجاج قبل موسم الحج، وأنه سيتم بيعها لفئة رحلة الحج كاملاً، ولفئة أيام التشريق للفئات النظامية الأخرى، ولمنسوبي الجهات الحكومية عبر إداراتها، بينما ستوزع وزارة الشؤون البلدية والقروية التذاكر على شركات حجاج الداخل.

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Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel,
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MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia: Fairmont Hotel & Resorts announces the opening of Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, located only a few steps away from the Masjid Al Haraam and the Holy Ka'aba Islam's most sacred site. Its unique and distinctive features will ensure a landmark presence offering warm and welcoming hospitality to its guests.

The hotel is the focal point of the iconic Abraj Al Bait Complex, which is part of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project whose mandate is to upgrade the precincts of the Two Holy Mosques. Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the tallest concrete building in the world, with 76 stories reaching 577 meters (it's 601 meters) and housing 858 rooms and suites. It is an integral feature of the development - the 40-meter clock, whose four facades are visible from 17 kilometers away and more than five times larger than Big Ben in London, will announce daily prayers to the Muslim world through amplifiers, thus reaching a radius of 7 kilometers.

Mr. Mohammad Arkobi, Vice President & Managing Director, FRHI Makkah KSA, expressed his joy and pride in opening the hotel in Makkah and commented, "This event is a momentous opportunity to provide a new amenity to Muslim pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. We are honored to offer exceptional services to Holy Land pilgrims and look forward to ensuring our visitors have truly memorable experiences with us. We also hope to demonstrate our sincere commitment to caring for our communities, a hallmark for our brand and colleagues."

The Tower houses a lunar observatory center, in addition to a museum for Islamic icons and objects of arts, serving to preserve and promote the region's culture and heritage. The hotel demonstrates smart technology design, featuring 10 thousand kilometers of fiber optic cable for speedy communications and Internet connection for the guests. The property's 76 elevators will provide comfortable transfers during Azan (calls to prayer) and high-occupancy Umrah and Hajj seasons and the hotel also features easy access to the Haram, as well as two large prayer rooms for male and female guests.

Guests at Makkah Clock Royal Tower will enjoy a variety of international cuisines including the innovative "Al-Dira", which offers local flavors from the various districts of the Kingdom and will introduce guests to the culture of oriental Saudi cuisine.

For those planning functions in the city, Makkah Clock Royal Tower offers a selection of meeting rooms and event spaces while a 24-hour business center, high speed and wi-fi Internet access and translation services ensure business transactions are conducted effortlessly.

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Crescents monitoring project:

the new moon of Dhu al-Hijjah next Saturday is not possible

مشروع رصد الأهلة: رؤية هلال ذي الحجة السبت المقبل غير ممكنة



Said the project to monitor the Islamic Crescents: The sighting of the crescent of the argument on Saturday is not possible either with the naked eye or by using a telescope from all regions of the Islamic world.

He explained the project in a statement issued yesterday, it is possible to see the crescent from somewhere in the world that day, so are some Islamic countries that will be enough to start the month of Dhul-Hijjah on Sunday, the seventh of November to be on Tuesday, November 16 the first day of Eid al-Adha where.

The project of the Islamic Crescent Observation: that, for States that require sighting of the moon from within its territory and will not be able to see him next Saturday or the States that would investigate Crescent on Sunday, is expected to begin the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on Monday, the eighth of November to be on Wednesday, November 17 the first day of Eid al-Adha where.


قال المشروع الإسلامي لرصد الأهلة: إن رؤية هلال ذي الحجة يوم السبت القادم غير ممكنة سواء بالعين المجردة أو باستخدام التلسكوب من جميع مناطق العالم الإسلامي.
وأوضح المشروع في بيان أصدره أمس أنه من الممكن رؤية الهلال من مكان ما في العالم في ذلك اليوم لذا تعتبر بعض الدول الإسلامية ذلك كافياً لبدء شهر شهر ذي الحجة يوم الأحد الموافق السابع من نوفمبر ليكون يوم الثلاثاء 16 نوفمبر أول أيام عيد الأضحى فيها.
وأضاف المشروع الإسلامي لرصد الأهلة: أنه بالنسبة للدول التي تشترط رؤية الهلال من داخل أراضيها والتي لن تتمكن من رؤيته يوم السبت القادم أو الدول التي ستتحرى الهلال يوم الأحد فمن المتوقع أن يبدأ شهر ذي الحجة يوم الإثنين الثامن من نوفمبر ليكون يوم الأربعاء 17 نوفمبر أول أيام عيد الأضحى فيها.

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“Mekkah Metro” Marks A Green Hajj For Pilgrims

“Mekkah Metro” Marks A Green Hajj For Pilgrims

November 1, 2010

A high speed train (no!..low speed train) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia will cut down on carbon emissions during hajj this year, but its reach is limited.

Every year, around three million Muslims from across the world prepare for the spiritual journey of a lifetime. Many will have been saving up for the trip for years and will be prepared to travel thousands of miles to reach their destination: Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj.

As one of the five pillars of Islam, every Muslim who has the financial and physical ability is encouraged to make the pilgrimage to Mecca which is Islam’s most holy site. The question is can this spiritual pilgrimage, which leaves behind a trail of waste and carbon emissions, really be transformed into something more green?

Progress Towards A ‘Green Hajj’

The concept of a ‘Green Hajj‘ has already been discussed here at GreenProphet following the UN-backed Muslim Seven Year Plan which announced plans to encourage Muslims to be more environmentally friendly. Although there was talk of printing Qur’ans on sustainably sourced paper, reducing energy consumption at mosques and places of worship, many were cynical as to whether these plans would ever materialize. However, this year for the first time ever, pilgrims will be able to reduce their carbon footprint during hajj by travelling between Mecca’s holy sites via a very green form of public transport- the train.

From this November 2010, the high speed train will be able to transport 130,000 passengers between the holy sites which will help reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and make hajj journeys more eco-friendly. Sadly, only pilgrims from Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states will be able to purchase tickets and make full use of the trains this year. (My auntie and her family are going to hajj this year from the UK and I was going to ask her for a blow-by-blow account of using the metro but I guess that won’t be happening.)

Reducing Congestion and Pollution

The Mekkah Metro, as its been dubbed, is only in the first stages and is operating at 33 percent of its total capacity. It will be fully operational by hajj season 2011 and will carry around 500,000 passengers by then at the rate of 72,000 passengers an hour in a single direction. By the final stage in 2012 the metro, which has elevated tracks to avoid busy roads, will be able to transport up to two million people. This rail network is expected to reduce traffic by approximately 30,000 cars- so not only will it reduce congestion but it will also cut the noxious emissions which cars release.

The introduction of the train network is clearly an important step towards making hajj more environmentally-friendly but there is still a lot more to be done. It is estimated that 100 million plastic bottles are left behind every year after the hajj season and food packaging is still a big issue that needs to be tackled alongside the carbon emissions of the travellers. Although the flora and fauna around the two holy sites in Saudi Arabia are protected by a hima, a middle-eastern form of environmental protection, more is needed before a truly ‘Green Hajj’ is realized.

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Ticket prices set for Haj train

November 2, 2010

JEDDAH: Ticket prices for the holy sites’ train has been set by the Higher Haj Committee headed by Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, at SR250 for the entire Haj season for local and GCC pilgrims, and SR100 for other pilgrims only for the last three days of Haj.

Fahad Abu Tarboosh, Director General of the holy sites’ train project, said that tickets are sold to Haj Companies as packages, meaning to only licensed pilgrims who will be issued with special wristbands. “We sell ticket packages to the companies.

“If the company has 10,000 pilgrims, they will buy only 10,000 tickets,” said Abu Tarboosh.

He said some companies have been offering tickets cheaper than SR250, but this was their way to attract pilgrims.

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World's Third Largest Masjid



Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Masjid-e-Nabvi, Madina are the 1st and 2nd largest Masajid in the world. With respect to their sanctity, no masjid can be holier than these Holy Masajid. After these Holy Masajid, Insha'Allah the masjid being built in Bahria Town Karachi will be the third largest in the world.

The masjid will have the capacity to accommodate 800,000 namazis.

The Bahria Town Karachi Masjid is being designed with Islamic and Mughal style architecture, and draws inspiration from the masajid in Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, UAE and Kuwait. It has a state-of-the-art Islamic Research Centre, Islamic Museum, Islamic Cultural Centre and an International University. It also features a state-of-the-art thermal powerhouse, best air-conditioning and water supply systems. The Grand Jamia Masjid that was recently inaugurated in Bahria Town Lahore has the capacity to accommodate 70,000 namazis, making it the world’s 7th largest masjid, and an indoor capacity of 25,000, officially labeling it Pakistan’s largest. Bahria Town is also proud to have constructed masajid in all of its sectors/ projects, which are exemplary pieces of Islamic art and architecture.

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More than 100K sacrificial sheep arrive in Jeddah

November 2, 2010

JEDDAH: More than 100,000 Somali sheep arrived Monday at the Jeddah Islamic Port, part of efforts to cover the high demand for Adahi, sacrificial animals, during the Haj and Eid Al-Adha season.

The sheep add to the 400,000 that have arrived in Jeddah and more than one million will be imported, said Sulaiman Al-Jabri, head of the Livestock Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a livestock importer.

He expressed regret over increasing prices, up to SR2,000 for each animal, and said officials have worked to facilitate their importation.

“The Ministry of Agriculture has already made it very easy to import sheep, especially from Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, through the port in Jizan, in the southern part of the Kingdom,” he said.

Increasing prices for sheep feed led the Saudi government to financially support its importers, which has helped keep prices at acceptable levels as demand has increased in a number of countries, Al-Jabri said.
“The prices of sheep in the exporting countries have been increasing for years, especially after the increase of imports from neighboring countries,” he said.

More than one million sheep, 750,000 from Somalia and 350,000 from Sudan, will be imported by the Al-Jabri Company, the main provider of the Saudi Project for Utilization of Sacrificial Animals, he added.

Those imports will help settle prices, but there is a huge demand, Al-Jabri said.

“Unfortunately, we do not have enough sheep and we consume a high number of them,” he said. Saudi Arabia imports 75 percent of its sheep and 60 percent of them come from Sudan and Somalia, he said.

The Islamic Development Bank is the only bank responsible for the coupons of Adahi and transporting them to Islamic countries after the season of Haj.

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Sacrifice website
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JEDDAH: Pilgrims intending to purchase sacrificial animal coupons can do it through www.adahi.org, a website set up by the Islamic Development Bank, using credit cards, Ahmed Muhammad Ali, president of IDB said.

The bank is charging SR410 ($109 or Euro 83) for a sheep and the amount covers services such as slaughtering of the animal at the bank’s Mina facility and transportation of its meat to poor Muslim countries.

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Holy cities to be tobacco-free

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Published: Nov 1, 2010

RIYADH: As Haj pilgrims flock to the Kingdom from across the world, the Ministry of Health has intensified its campaign to make Makkah and Madinah completely tobacco-free.

“We require the cooperation of pilgrims to make the two holy cities among those with the lowest tobacco consumption in the world,” said Dr. Sameer Al-Sabban, executive director of the Anti-Smoking Campaign in Makkah, adding that the program has been intensified this year.

The sale of tobacco is strictly banned in the five-km radiuses of the Grand Mosque and Holy Mosque in Makkah and Madinah. Billboards and posters with anti-smoking messages, information regarding anti-smoking clinics and fatwas on the subject are on display in the two cities. Buses carrying pilgrims have anti-smoking posters on them, and folders containing pamphlets, flyers, postcards and stickers will also be handed to pilgrims at the Jamrat during Haj.

“A team of scouts and health officials have taken positions at the Grand Mosque in Makkah to raise awareness about the health risks caused by this ugly habit,” said Al-Sabban.

“It’s a pity that smokers gather at the back side of the Grand Mosque to smoke which is hazardous to the entire environment of the holy city. These Saudi youths look for smokers within the holy city and politely give them Miswaks and booklets full of illustrations which can be understood by all people,” he said.

To assist pilgrims, the ministry has set up six anti-smoking clinics in the holy city as part of the campaign. The clinics are open to male and female smokers and services are offered free-of charge.

Makkah is the ideal place to quit smoking, said Al-Sabban, adding that one million of the five million people who die of smoking every year across the world are Muslim. “This is mainly because of their extravagant lifestyles and lack of knowledge of the hazards of smoking,” he said, adding that smokers not only harm themselves but also other people who come near them through passive smoking.

Haj is an ideal opportunity for smokers to quit and those who realize the ill effects of smoking will discontinue for their own sake, he said. A group of Saudi physicians and psychiatrists is helping the anti-smoking campaign, while a host of well-known websites are assisting with the campaign’s promotion.

It is estimated that in the Kingdom 35 to 40 percent of people above the age of 15 smoke. Around 24 percent of male students between the ages of 13 to 15 years smoke, while eight percent of female students smoke. The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2005. Saudi Arabia ranks fourth among world countries in tobacco imports and consumption. More than 15 billion cigarettes, worth $168 million, are smoked by Saudis each year, according to figures issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Health Ministers Council.

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