LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman rejected Mohamed Benten as priest for the Haj and also Umrah, a position with a leading role in arranging Islam’s annual trip, a royal mandate brought by state news agency (HEALTH FACILITY) stated on Friday.
State priest, Issam ben Saeed, was assigned acting priest.
Haj and also Umrah, which created billions of dollars annually before the pandemic, is a major income source for the Saudi federal government.
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“Mohammed Saleh ben Taher Benten, Priest of Haj and Umrah shall be eased type his placement,” MEDSPA claimed in a tweet, without providing factors behind the decision. Benten was appointed priest in 2016.
The kingdom, which stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest websites in Makkah and also Madina and also its serene organisation of the Haj, dramatically scaled back last year’s Haj to stop the spread of the coronavirus, after disallowing Muslims abroad from the rite for the very first time in modern-day times.
Firms running in the field have actually been struck hard by the government’s safety nets. Prior to the pandemic, more than 1,300 hotels as well as hundreds of stores hummed all the time to accommodate explorers seeing Makkah and Madina.
Earlier this week, Jabal Omar Growth Firm, one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest noted property designers, safeguarded 1.6 billion riyals ($427 million) in fundings from Banque Saudi Fransi backed by a Finance Ministry warranty, after being hit hard by the Makkah lockdown.
Earlier this week, MEDSPA stated King Salman accepted a variety of initiatives focused on assisting firms and people operating in the sector to mitigate Covid-related economic as well as economic effects they incurred throughout the lockdown.
Individually, the imperial decrees also included relieving the head of the General Air Travel Authority, Abdulhadi al-Mansouri, from his setting and also assigning him at a foreign ministry post.
Abdulaziz al-Duaelij was designated as new head of the aviation authority.