Over 500,000 Pilgrims Benefit from Health Preventive Awareness in Makkah Health Cluster

Makkah, The Sub-Committee for Preventive Awareness at the Executive Department of Public Health at Makkah Health Cluster redoubled its efforts during the Hajj season 1445 AH. The committee's objectives included distributing educational leaflets and providing awareness lectures. The initiative encompassed 56 medical mission headquarters and 278 residential headquarters for pilgrims, accommodating over 50 nationalities and 500,000 pilgrims. The cluster verified that the highest number of beneficiaries were Indonesian, with 141,990 pilgrims, followed by 127,380 Turkish pilgrims and 75,981 Iranian pilgrims. Awareness and education efforts began at the Haramain High-Speed Railway station at the beginning of Dhu al-Hijjah, where the number of beneficiaries reached 32,855 pilgrims. It further stated that the committee's officials gathered the results of a questionnaire distributed to 1,003 pilgrims at the conclusion of their tour. The questionnaire aimed to assess the level of health awareness and knowledge of p reventive health guidelines among pilgrims. Source: Saudi Press Agency

SDAIA Utilizes AI Technology to Streamline Process of Pilgrims’ Arrival at the Kingdom’s Ports

Makkah, The Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) played a key role in streamlining the arrival process for pilgrims this year by employing data and artificial intelligence technologies and investing in enhancing the technical infrastructure at 14 air, sea, and land ports across the Kingdom. SDAIA leveraged artificial intelligence to bolster its data analysis and anticipatory capabilities. It collaborated with government agencies to secure reliable communication circuits, both core and backups, guaranteeing uninterrupted service at the ports. To further ensure smooth operations, SDAIA assembled a dedicated national technical team for the Hajj season. The SDAIA team offers services at many locations throughout the Hajj season, including King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Port, Taif Airport, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, the Empty Quarter, Batha, Salwa, Al-Raqqi, King Fahd Causeway, Halat Ammar, Neom Port, Jadidat Arar, Al-Haditha, and Al-Wadiah. SDAIA's current initiat ives result from continuous support from His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister, and Chairman of the SDAIA Board of Directors. The objective is to optimize the utilization of data and AI technologies, particularly for the benefit of pilgrims, aligning with the goals of Vision 2030. SDAIA gave the Kingdom's border crossings, sorting centers, and security control centers a tech boost by providing new systems, services, and tools to improve efficiency. For this year's Hajj, SDAIA set up a special tech support room to handle any problems faced by different organizations involved. It also equipped teams at all ports with mobile tech kits so they could quickly fix issues on the spot. Furthermore, SDAIA made sure all the workstations and network equipment in the Hajj halls at the ports were up-to-date by performing preventive maintenance. It built and installed biometric scanners at the Kingdom's border crossings, and took care of setting up the devices, installing the approved software, and training Hajj personnel on how to use everything new. SDAIA has been rolling out innovative tech solutions to improve the Hajj experience. It launched "Banan," a mobile device that uses biometric data to identify people on-site. This gadget is perfect for field workers managing large groups at different locations during Hajj. SDAIA also developed Sawaher and Baseer platforms to help manage crowd sizes effectively at various Hajj sites. These platforms ensure each location does not get overcrowded, promoting a safer and smoother experience for pilgrims. The authority has integrated many pilgrim services into the Tawakkalna app. Pilgrims can now manage everything from Manasik Gate procedures to displaying their pilgrim cards and entry permits for vehicles and personnel working on Hajj in collaboration with Public Security. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Artificial Intelligence Expands Scope of Civil Defense Services in Holy Sites During Hajj Season 1445 AH

Makkah, The General Directorate of Civil Defense unveiled diverse qualitative services through artificial intelligence and technologies available at the command-and-control center of the directorate in Mina, during the Hajj season of the current year 1445 AH. The directorate adopts the use of modern technologies and artificial intelligence in the context of the efforts of various security agencies working during the Hajj season, as it presents the smart platform service that uses smart surveillance cameras in the holy sites to analyze, detect and deal with risks, including detecting smoke, fire, emergencies, and risk prediction. These services increase the speed of response of civil defense teams and immediate intervention and provision of necessary assistance. Technical services include licenses for pilgrims' accommodation companies, which make it easier for safety inspectors at the general directorate to verify licenses by reading the QR Code installed at the entrances of the pilgrims' camps using cameras of the smart patrols and displaying the license data on the patrol's mobile device. The center also optimally used digital twinning technology, which relies on integration with the geospatial portal of Hajj civil defense forces, by building an interactive map of the holy sites to distribute workforce and determine the supervisory scope of each field unit. This includes the training system, identifying dangerous places, and avoiding risks. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Commercial ship reports being hit by a missile off Yemen coast

The British maritime security company "Ambry" announced today, Thursday, that a commercial ship sent a distress call and reported being hit by a missile about 129 nautical miles east of Aden in Yemen. The newspaper "Yedioth Ahronoth" reported that the ship was on its way from Malaysia to the Italian city of Venice. "Ambry" estimates that the ship matches "the specifications of the ships targeted by the Houthis," according to the newspaper. Source: National Iraqi News Agency

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister condoles with the Amir of the State of Kuwait

Manama, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today sent a cable of condolences to the Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following the Al Mangaf fire incident, which has left several casualties and injuries. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister also sent two similar cables to the Crown Prince of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, and to the Prime Minister of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. Source: Bahrain News Agency

Speaker meets President of the Federal Senate of Brazil

Brasília, Ahmed bin Salman Al Musallam, Speaker of the Council of Representatives, met Rodrigo Pacheco, President of the Federal Senate of Brazil, as part of the Bahraini parliamentary delegation's official visit to Brazil. The Speaker emphasised the commitment to enhancing bilateral parliamentary cooperation, particularly with the development of relations between the two countries, supported by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and His Excellency Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, with the follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister. Al Musallam said that the Kingdom provides an attractive environment for investors and business owners, which contributes to enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, through supporting the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding. The Speaker also emphasised the Council of Representatives' commitment to consolidating the strategic partnership between the two countries in all domains, particularly in legislation. Furthermore, Al Musallam underscored Bahrain's supportive stance of the Palestinian cause and the rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital. In this regard, he highlighted the importance of Bahrain's initiative on hosting an international peace conference, to achieve just and sustainable peace and stability. For his part, the President of the Federal Senate of Brazil affirmed that Bahrain is a vital partner for the Brazilian economy and investment, for its strategic location in the region, its strong ties with Brazil, its diverse investment opportunities, its stimulating legislative system, and its open societal culture. President Pacheco affirmed Brazil's supportive stance of the Palestinian cause and emphasised its commitment to achieve peace for the progress and prosperity in the region. Additionally, he lauded Bahrain's initiatives through the 33rd Arab Summit. He lauded Bahrain's parliamentary progress and its outstanding efforts in international parliamentary forums. President Pacheco affirmed his country's commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade and economy. Source: Bahrain News Agency