Schools closed in Jeddah on Sunday as adverse weather conditions affect several western Saudi regions

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Adverse weather conditions are forecasted for several regions in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Adverse weather conditions are forecasted for several regions in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Adverse weather conditions are forecasted for several regions in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Adverse weather conditions are forecasted for the regions of Najran and Al-Baha on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 03 November 2018
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Schools closed in Jeddah on Sunday as adverse weather conditions affect several western Saudi regions

  • Severe weather conditions were forecasted for the regions of Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Najran, Al-Baha, and Al-Qassim, on Saturday and throughout Sunday
  • There is risk of flooding in some provinces in western Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Schools will be closed in Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais on Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions, announced the Director General of Education in Jeddah.
Abdullah bin Ahmed Al-Thaqafi said the decision was taken by the Ministry of Education’s central committee, based on weather reports and in consultation with the concerned authorities, to suspend schools for that day.
Severe weather conditions were forecasted for the regions of Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Najran, Al-Baha, and Al-Qassim, on Saturday and throughout Sunday, with risk of flooding in some provinces.

Adverse weather conditions are forecasted for the regions of Najran, Al-Baha, and Makkah on Saturday. 

Moderate to heavy thunder and dust storms are expected to affect the Makkah region, including the areas of Rabigh, Jeddah, Thuwal, Dhahban, and Asfan between 5p.m. on Saturday and 1a.m. on Sunday.
Thunder and dust storms were expected to affect the Najran region between 1p.m. and 8p.m on Saturday.
Moderate to heavy thunder and dust storms were also forecasted in Al-Baha region between 12p.m. and 11p.m on Saturday.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned the public to take necessary precautions during these times.
Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport advised passengers to contact the airlines they are due to travel with for updates as a result of the adverse weather conditions in various areas of Saudi Arabia.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.