Govt agencies complete Ramadan preparations across Saudi Arabia

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Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Makkah September 27, 2014. (REUTERS)
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Updated 02 May 2019

Govt agencies complete Ramadan preparations across Saudi Arabia

  • There will be daily religious lessons at the Prophet’s Mosque by renowned scholars

MADINAH: Saudi government and security agencies in Madinah have completed their preparations to host visitors of the Two Holy Mosques during Ramadan this year, and to facilitate their access to the Prophet’s Mosque in the city.  
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques will provide 24-hour services for worshippers.
It has mobilized 5,000 employees and prepared to supply 300 tons of Zamzam water on a daily basi.
There will be daily religious lessons at the Prophet’s Mosque by renowned scholars. The mosque’s library will be open to visitors, who will be offered free booklets on prayer and visiting guidelines. They will also receive copies of the Holy Qur’an in different languages, printed by the King Fahd Glorious Qur’an Printing Complex.


Sami Al-Helwah, founder and CEO of Saudi online grocery shopping Nana Direct

Updated 29 March 2020

Sami Al-Helwah, founder and CEO of Saudi online grocery shopping Nana Direct

Sami Al-Helwah is founder and CEO of Nana Direct, an online grocery shopping and home delivery service in Saudi Arabia, since August 2016.

The service ensures that all groceries and products are carefully chosen and packaged to be delivered directly to customers’ houses — an appealing concept to many under the present circumstances.

Al-Helwah received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2004 from Qassim University.

While still studying, Al-Helwah began his career by joining ExaServe in 2002, where he worked for the next 14 years, overseeing many software and financial system projects. He was later promoted to CEO.

In 2014, Al-Helwah co-founded Sadeem, a cloud hosting service, and worked with the company for two years. 

His most recent endeavor, Nana Direct, has raised $18 million for expansion across the Middle East in order to meet the rising demand for delivery services created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Bloomberg, the funds were raised from investors, including venture capital fund STV and Middle East Venture Partners.

Nana Direct has tripled its capacity and plans to expand further with the newly imposed curfew in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Helwah spoke in an interview about the company’s objectives, as well as the opportunity to expand into a still-growing market.

“The penetration of online grocery shopping in the region is very low, and our target is to expand across the region and beyond groceries into other products,” he said. “Ultimately, we want to become the Amazon of the Middle East.”

Al-Helwah’s Twitter handle  is @SamiAlhulwah.