Heatwave to persist through first day of Eid


Amman: A significant rise in temperatures is expected on Thursday, with readings soaring 8-9 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department. This spike is attributed to a heatwave caused by an influx of extremely hot and dry air from the Arabian Peninsula.

The weather will be dry and hot over the high mountainous areas, and very hot across the rest of the country. Some clouds will appear at medium altitudes in the eastern regions. Moderate northeasterly winds will pick up in the afternoon and shift to northwesterly by evening.

The Meteorological Department’s report includes several warnings, advising people to avoid direct exposure to sunlight and take measures to prevent dehydration, as there are significant health risks associated with high temperatures, particularly for patients and the elderly. The risk of fires in forested areas is heightened, and leaving children inside closed vehicles, even briefly, is extremely dangerous. Storing perfumes, sanitizers, a
nd flammable materials inside vehicles is also cautioned against.

For Friday, the weather will remain dry and hot over the high mountainous areas and scorching in other regions. Winds will be moderate and northeasterly, becoming active in the afternoon and turning northwesterly by evening.

On Saturday, the heatwave will continue to impact the kingdom, bringing dry and hot conditions to the highlands and plains, and extremely hot weather to other areas. Winds will be moderate and northeasterly, shifting to northwesterly by evening.

Sunday, the first day of Eid al-Adha, will see a slight dip in temperatures, though they will remain 5-7 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average. The weather will be hot in most regions and extremely hot in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba, with moderate northwesterly winds occasionally becoming active.

Today’s temperatures are expected to range as follows: East Amman 40-27 C, West Amman 38-25 C, the northern highlands 35-24 C, the Sharah highlands 34-22 C, the Dead
Sea 45-30 C, and Aqaba 46-31 C.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Mobily Harnesses Artificial Intelligence Apps to Serve Pilgrims

Makkah, Etihad Etisalat Company “Mobily” has announced its expansion in the use of artificial intelligence applications to enhance the quality of communication and information technology services provided to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season (1445 AH) in Makkah, Madinah, and the Holy Sites. This expansion aims to facilitate pilgrims performing Hajj efficiently and conveniently.

By adopting artificial intelligence applications, Mobily aims to improve communication services for pilgrims, making it easier for them to connect with their families and access digital services while ensuring continuity and reliability in line with the leadership’s directives. The company continues to utilize digital twin technology to control network coverage, creating a virtual network infrastructure model to enhance the pilgrims’ experience. Additionally, Mobily has expanded its 4G and 5G network coverage to over 70% of the Holy Sites, improved the efficiency of the fiber optic network by 26%, and doubled the capacity of the
5G network in important locations in the Two Holy Mosques and Mina.

Mobily has also established an Operational Excellence Center in Makkah, utilizing the latest automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning processes to monitor network and quality indicators. This initiative aims to ensure the provision of integrated services at the highest levels.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

SDAIA Allows Pilgrims to Benefit From ‘Tawakkalna’ Services in Seven Languages

Makkah, The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) has made several digital services available to pilgrims through the “Tawakkalna” application. The app, which has over 32 million users, offers 315 electronic services in seven languages and is accessible in more than 77 countries worldwide, providing a convenient and reliable tool for pilgrims.

During this year’s Hajj season, the Tawakkalna app provides services in Arabic, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Urdu, and Hindi, ensuring that all pilgrims can fully benefit from its features, regardless of their language. These services include notifications for the Hajj season, updated weather conditions in Makkah and Madinah in collaboration with the National Center of Meteorology, access to the Holy Quran, Qibla direction, and prayer times in cooperation with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance.

Furthermore, the Tawakkalna app, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, allows users to view their dig
ital Hajj card (Nusuk). It also facilitates entry permits to the Holy Sites for vehicles and individuals working in Hajj through the “My Cards” feature on the “My Information” page and issuance of Umrah permits for users holding Hajj permits during the Hajj season via the Rituals portal. Additionally, it provides “help me” services, a distress call feature, and displays the volunteer card for volunteers in collaboration with the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.

SDAIA’s efforts during this year’s Hajj aim to enhance capabilities related to data and futuristic technologies, with a particular focus on promoting continuous innovation in artificial intelligence. These advances are utilized to serve various sectors in the country, particularly those related to serving pilgrims.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs Gears Up for Hajj with Robust Medical Services, Prioritizes Heat Stress Management

Makkah, The Health Affairs Department of the Ministry of the National Guard has prioritized heat stress management within its comprehensive preparations to serve pilgrims during the Hajj season. This year’s plan aligns with the efforts of other government sectors to ensure a safe and healthy pilgrimage for all.

The department deploys medical facilities across the holy sites, including Mina and Arafat. These facilities will comprise five clinics designated for men, women, and people with respiratory illnesses. Notably, 26 inpatient beds will be available, including dedicated intensive care units and isolation rooms for infectious diseases. Additionally, a dedicated space for minor surgeries and dressings, along with a dental clinic, will be operational.

Furthermore, the ministry will participate for the second consecutive year in the Heat Stress and Sunstroke Center located in Arafat. This state-of-the-art facility boasts 20 beds equipped with the latest technology to manage heat-related emergencies. Notably
, the center features an air and water spray distribution system designed to cool the entire body effectively. Clinics for both genders and an outpatient pharmacy will also be available within the center.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

OIC Secretary General Receives Phone Call from Acting Iranian Foreign Minister

Jeddah, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha received a phone call today from Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Bagheri Kani.

The two sides reviewed the prospects of cooperation between the OIC and the Islamic Republic of Iran, developments in the Palestinian cause, and the situation in Rafah.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Health Ministry Continues Awareness Campaign in Holy Sites to Preserve Pilgrims’ Health and Safety

Makkah, The Ministry of Health continues its awareness campaign for pilgrims across the holy sites during the Hajj Season 1445 AH. The campaign aims to spread health awareness among pilgrims and familiarize them with preventive measures to maintain their health and safety during the pilgrimage rituals.

The campaign also includes disseminating information about preventing heat stress due to high temperatures, providing advice on general health, such as carrying an umbrella and the importance of drinking enough water, and tips on dealing with emergencies through informative and guidance boards distributed throughout the holy sites.

It also includes lectures delivered to Hajj missions and broadcasting digital materials via screens and social media platforms.

The informative and guidance boards and signs are part of the ministry’s efforts to ensure pilgrims receive the best care during the Hajj season.

These boards are available in multiple languages, and healthcare sectors continue to work to provide pilgrim
s with high-quality healthcare that meets the highest standards.

Source: Saudi Press Agency