‘Large’ stock of foodstuffs available in local market-JCC

Amman: Representative of the Food Sector at Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamal Amro, affirmed availability of a “large” stock of basic foodstuffs sufficient for “long periods, amid a decline in prices and sales, as supply operations continue.

In remarks to “Petra,” Amro said: “We have a large strategic stock of basic foodstuffs that citizens need stored in warehouses of companies and merchants, due to the increase in import quantities and the decline in sales volume in the local market.”

Importers and traders have made “great” efforts since the beginning of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and crisis in the Red Sea region to provide a “large” stock of foodstuffs in the local market and maintain continuity of import operations, despite the high costs, especially related to sea freight charges, he pointed out.

Additionally, Amro noted Red Sea crisis affected the Kingdom’s food imports coming from Thailand, Vietnam and China, while imports from European Union countries and the United States were not
affected because they come through Mediterranean ports.

Meanwhile, Amro stated that the Kingdom’s food imports from India are currently transported directly on small ships from the port of Mundra to Aqaba, which has been reflected in shipping fees.

Since the beginning of 2024, Amro pointed out that purchasing power in the local market went down affected by consequences of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, change in the citizens’ consumption patterns and weakness of their purchasing power.

Amro indicated that last Ramadan season saw the least rate of consumption, compared to previous months.

To worsen the situation, Amro noted decline in Jordan’s tourism activity and the drop in the number of tourists had a “clear” impact on sales, commercial activity, and demand for foodstuffs and related sectors.

Amro hoped that the markets would be active with the return of Jordanian expatriates abroad to spend summer vacation.

According to Amro, monitoring by the JJCC showed a decline in average sales at major commerci
al companies operating in the sector by between 35% and 45%, depending on the nature of the facility.

Source: Jordan News Agency

The Makkah Route Initiative Crucial to Pilgrims’ Peace and Tranquility

Istanbul, The Makkah Route Initiative, a flagship project of the Ministry of Interior, covers seven countries and was designed to offer pilgrims not just best technical and logistical support, but also a sense of security.

The initiative is testament to the leadership’s unwavering commitment to serving the Two Holy Mosques and their valued visitors.

As per the initiative, pilgrims are offered high-quality services, their entry procedures are streamlined, starting already in their home countries, and they are transported directly to their accommodations in Makkah and Madinah.

Due to the Makkah Route Initiative, the time pilgrims spend at points of entry into the Kingdom has been successfully reduced. This is an accomplishment that clearly demonstrates the Saudi government’s commitment to providing a seamless pilgrimage experience, including by expediting entry procedures and by securing luggage-handling services that enable easy access to accommodations.

This year, the initiative has benefited pilgrims fro
m seven countries: Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trkiye, and Côte d’Ivoire; through it, special lounges have been dedicated for pilgrims at the airports in these countries.

The Makkah Route Initiative garnered international acclaim, with the Turkish ambassador to the Kingdom, Dr. Emrullah Isler, commending the initiative personnel’s hard work at Turkish airports in Ankara and Istanbul.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA), present at Istanbul International Airport, captured pilgrims’ feelings vis-à-vis the initiative.

Speaking to SPA, Amina Turk, who is accompanied by her husband on the trip, said: ‘I wished to perform Hajj at the Grand Mosque, and I ask Allah to give us the ability to complete it. We are very excited because it is our first visit, and I ask Allah accepts our deed.”

With a shared vision, various government agencies collaborate to ensures a secure and seamless experience for pilgrims. These are: ministries of interior, foreign affairs, health, Hajj and Umrah, and media, the G
eneral Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence, the pilgrim experience program, which is one of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programs, and the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

MoEHE Honors Qatar’s ITEX and ISAF Winners Held in Malaysia and US Respectively

Doha: In cooperation with the Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation Council (QRDI Council), the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) honored Qatar’s winners in the International Exhibition for Innovation, Invention, and Technology (ITEX), which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in mid-May.

Moreover, the Ministry also honored the students who won in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which was held in the United States from May 11-18.

MoEHE’s honoring ceremony was attended by HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi and QRDI Council Secretary General Eng. Omar Al Ansari, along with a lineup of ministry officials, school principals and supervisors, as well as the students and their parents.

The ceremony screened a short film documenting the students’ experiences and achievements abroad.

Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at MoEHE Maha Al Ruwaili and Director of Educational Programs at QRDI Council Dr. Abdullah A
l Kamali honored the winners.

At ITEX, the State of Qatar’s students won 12 medals:10 gold and two silver.

At ISAF, however, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, granted the Qatar Technical Science Secondary School for Girls a special award for its research in earth and environmental sciences.

The research was titled “Identifying New Sponge Species From Qatar Marine Environment Using Molecular Techniques.”

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Charity Sends Food and Medical Aid to Gaza

Doha: Qatar Charity (QC) has sent food and medical aid to the Gaza Strip through its office in Jordan, in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO). This aid is expected to help tens of thousands of people.

HE Qatar Ambassador to Jordan Sheikh Saud bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani and General Supervisor of Qatar Charity’s office in Jordan Saleh Al Marri participated in the launch of Qatar Charity’s campaign to send food parcels to the Gaza Strip in cooperation with JHCO. This continued for four days.

The Qatari aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, through Qatar Charity, included 10,000 food parcels that are expected to benefit approximately 50,000 beneficiaries. The parcels contain basic foodstuffs that are sufficient for one family for a whole month.

During the launch of the campaign, HE Sheikh Saud bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani emphasized the importance of providing aid to the Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, noting that “it is a humanitarian duty that we always carry out th
rough constant coordination with our brothers in Jordan.” He pointed to the importance of the efforts provided by Qatari humanitarian organizations in Jordan, which aim to serve the mutual interests of Jordan and Qatar.

General Supervisor of Qatar Charity’s office in Jordan Saleh Al Marri participated in sending medicines and medical supplies to Gaza. This aid provided by Qatar Charity, in collaboration with JHCO, included 15 tons of medicines and medical supplies.

Al Marri stated that after sending three trucks of medical aid, the office will continue to deliver assistance to needy and financially struggling families and sponsor orphans in Jordan, thanking the donors in Qatar.

It is worth mentioning that Qatar Charity has been providing aid to Gaza since October. It has provided 1,000 tons of aid through 95 planes. The emergency relief project also included over 640,000 meals, 840 tons of food, and 150 tons of tents, shelter supplies, and clothing.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Islamic Affairs Ministry Allocates Corner to Receive Pilgrims through Salwa Port

Dammam, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, represented by its branch in the Eastern Region, has designated a specific area to welcome pilgrims arriving from Qatar via the Salwa border crossing.

The branch has stated that this area is equipped with all the necessary resources to assist pilgrims, including informational materials explaining the rituals of Hajj, prayers and supplications, booklets, brochures, and support for the “Rushd” application. The “Rushd” application provides various services such as the Holy Qur’an, an electronic library supporting 52 languages, prayer times, and the Qibla direction. Additionally, pilgrims will receive gifts such as sun umbrellas and bags.

The branch has also assigned official preachers to educate and guide pilgrims, addressing their questions and inquiries regarding all aspects of Hajj. This service includes providing scientific lessons three times a day for each preacher in the mosques and prayer areas of Salwa to explain the rituals and timings of
the Hajj.

These preparations in the Eastern Region reflect the Ministry’s commitment to promoting the Hajj goals among pilgrims, honoring the rituals, and showcasing the significant efforts made by the Kingdom in serving the Two Holy Mosques.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Jerusalem – Suppression of a protest to commemorate the passing of Faisal Al-Husseini

Jerusalem – Together – This Friday afternoon, the occupation forces suppressed a protest to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Faisal Al-Husseini, in front of the Orient House in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The occupation forces attacked the participants by pushing and beating them and forcibly evacuated the place. They also confiscated pictures of Al-Husseini.

Journalist Ahmed Jalajel explained that the occupation forces attacked the present press crews and prevented them from filming.

The preparatory committee ‘to commemorate the passing of the martyr Faisal Al-Husseini’ called for participation in the anniversary.

Source: Maan News Agency