Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
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Special Umrah trip for special needs pilgrims. (Supplied photo)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah

  • 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 for the holy month of Ramadan.

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

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

The first stop was at Kuday in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts from the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next they arrived at the Grand Mosque, where the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed iftar meals, and received souvenirs.

“Sadiq Almutamir” focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between young Saudis, as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences.

Launched late last year, the initiative “focuses 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,” the ministry said in a statement.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.