HM King issues Decree-Law (7) of 2024

Manama, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued Decree-Law (7) of 2024 amending Article (XXVIII) of Decree-Law (15) of 2002 regarding the Shura and Representatives Councils, based on a proposal by the Prime Minister and following the approval of the Cabinet.

Article I

The text of Article (XXVIII) of Decree-Law (15) of 2002 regarding the Shura and Representatives Councils shall be replaced by the following text:

“The membership of a member of the Council of Representatives shall be revoked if the member loses the confidence or respect of the Council or fails to fulfill the duties of membership.

The decision to revoke membership must be issued by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the Council. The vote shall be conducted by calling on the members in their names.

Membership shall be invalidated if it is found that the member lacked one of the required conditions upon election or during their membership in the Council.

Official bodies may, at any time, request the Court of Cassation to ru
le on the invalidation of a member’s membership in those cases. The court’s ruling to invalidate membership shall result in the annulment of the member’s membership from the date of its issuance. The court’s ruling shall have no effect on the work performed by the member within the Council in the previous period or the rights they have obtained.”

Any text that conflicts with the provisions of this law shall be repealed.

Article II

The Prime Minister and the ministers – each in their capacity – shall implement this law, and it shall be effective from the day following the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

General Authority for Care of the Two Holy Mosques Declares Hajj 1445 Operational Plan a Success

Makkah: The General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques announced today the successful execution of its operational plan for the Hajj season 1445 AH. It said this achievement reflects the dedication and tireless efforts of the authority’s personnel who ensured a smooth and fulfilling Hajj for all.

The plan prioritized creating a seamless and comfortable experience for pilgrims.

Upgraded Facilities and Services:

High-quality infrastructure improvements included advanced cooling systems, enhanced audio-visual systems, and door systems for efficient crowd control. Additionally, services catered to all age groups and those with disabilities, featuring electric vehicles for circumambulation (tawaf) and Sa’i on the Grand Mosque’s rooftop, alongside well-maintained washrooms and ablution facilities.

The authority ensured the constant and effective operation of these services and systems throughout the Hajj period, guaranteeing a faith-filled environment for pilgrims. The focus exten
ded to ensuring the consistent availability of Zamzam water for pilgrims.

The general authority prioritized enhancing the pilgrim’s journey through exhibitions that showcased the historical significance of the two holy mosques and the available digital services. Additionally, educational content deepened religious understanding. Pilgrim libraries offered access to diverse Islamic knowledge, while guidance services provided answers to questions, sermon translations, and the translation of the Arafah sermon into 37 languages.

These successful efforts resulted from the close collaboration between various entities serving the two holy mosques. The collaboration reflects the unwavering commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, to ensure the well-being and spiritual fulfillment of all pilgrims visiting the holiest sites in Islam.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Speaker congratulates the newly appointed AIPU Secretary-General

Manama, Ahmed bin Salman Al Musallam, Speaker of the Council of Representatives, congratulated Dr. Ahmed bin Alawi bin Hafeedh Baaboud on his appointment as Secretary-General of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) at its 36th conference which was held in Algeria.

Al Musallam wished Dr. Baaboud success in his duties and in supporting Arab parliamentary cooperation. He also lauded the efforts of Fayez Al Shawabkah, former AIPU Secretary General.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Desertification Among ‘Most Pressing Environmental Challenges of Our Time,’ Faqeeha Says

Bonn, Germany, The global observance of Desertification and Drought Day 2024, hosted by the government of Germany, concluded on June 17 in Bonn. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It underscored the urgent need to combat land degradation and drought under the theme “United for Land: Our Legacy. Our Future.”

Emphasizing the significance of this year’s Desertification and Drought Day, UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw said, ‘As we gather in Bonn, Germany and around the world to mark this day, we are also celebrating a major milestone this year: 30 years since the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.’

‘This year, we focus on sharing the wisdom of our ancestors with future generations. More than a billion young people under the age of 25 in developing countries depend on land and natural resources. They are key to transforming their communities and driving innovation in sustainable land management,’ Th
iaw said.

In a statement highlighting the urgency of addressing land degradation, Saudi Deputy Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture Dr. Osama Faqeeha emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to sustainable land management, stating, “Desertification, land degradation, and drought are among the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Land degradation affects up to 40% of the world’s land area and results in the annual loss of 100 million hectares of healthy land. This year’s 30th anniversary of the UNCCD coincides with COP16, which is expected to be a pivotal moment for land restoration and sustainable management. Together, we can turn the tide and restore our land. Our future depends on our ability to manage our land sustainably.”

Dr. Faqeeha highlighted the stark fact that we lose an area of healthy land equivalent to four football fields every second due to land degradation. ‘Healthy land is essential for our future. Let’s unite for sustainable land management,’ he said.

Saudi Arabia
has been at the forefront of driving global efforts to combat land degradation and drought. The Kingdom’s initiatives, such as the Saudi Green Initiative and various land restoration projects, were highlighted as exemplary models for sustainable development. These initiatives not only contribute to environmental sustainability but also aim to create economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities.

This year’s event brought together leaders from government, academia, and civil society, along with young changemakers who are at the forefront of restoring land, enhancing drought resilience, developing sustainable agricultural businesses, and leveraging technology and innovation to tackle global environmental challenges.

Key highlights of the event included the presentation of the new cohort of UNCCD Land Heroes and the unveiling of the UNCCD Youth Engagement Strategy and the Land Youth Negotiators Program. These initiatives empower youth to transform land management practices and engage
in policy-making processes, especially ahead of the upcoming UNCCD COP16 negotiations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 2 to 13.

The event also highlighted the significant economic benefits of investing in land restoration. For every $1 invested, up to $30 in benefits can be realized. This is critical as land degradation and drought jeopardize the global food supply, increase the risk of natural disasters, and drive conflict and forced migration. With a quarter of the world’s rural youth (187 million out of 778 million) living in areas with high agricultural and trade potential, targeted development in these areas is essential. Engaging youth in food system transformation and land restoration is expected to help create the estimated 600 million jobs needed by 2030.

The global observance of Desertification and Drought Day 2024 successfully underscored the urgent need for collective action in land stewardship, driving home the message that healthy land is fundamental to global prosperity and stability.

So
urce: Saudi Press Agency

Minister of Interior Congratulates HRH the Crown Prince on Eid Al-Adha Occasion and Success of Hajj Season 1445 AH

Makkah: The Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, has conveyed congratulations to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the success of the Hajj season 1445 AH.

In his cable, the minister attributed the success of this year’s Hajj season to the direct supervision and wise guidance of the Saudi leadership, disclosing that the implementation of this year’s Hajj plan was marked by cooperation and integration among the various parties responsible for overseeing the Hajj mission. These parties effectively executed all plans related to security, prevention, organization, health, services, and traffic management.

Their efforts were tailored to accommodate the significant number of pilgrims, totalling 1,833,164, ensuring the provision of top-quality services that enabled pilgrims to perform their rituals with e
ase and peace of mind. Prince Abdulaziz added that the pilgrims’ health conditions are free of epidemic diseases.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Interior Minister forms committee to review citizenship cases since 2010

Manama, The Interior Minister formed a committee to review all cases of acquiring the Bahraini citizenship since 2010.

The committee was formed following the investigations and reviews conducted by the Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs which revealed cases of individuals who obtained the Bahraini citizenship in violation of the law or through the submission of inaccurate information and forged documents.

The committee will verify the accuracy of the data and documents based on which the Bahraini citizenship had been obtained, to take the necessary measures accordingly.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Minister of Interior Congratulates Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Eid Al-Adha Occasion and Success of Hajj Season 1445 AH

Makkah: The Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, has conveyed congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the success of the Hajj season 1445 AH.

In his cable, the minister attributed the success of this year’s Hajj season to the direct supervision and wise guidance of the Saudi leadership, disclosing that the implementation of this year’s Hajj plan was marked by cooperation and integration among the various parties responsible for overseeing the Hajj mission. These parties effectively executed all plans related to security, prevention, organization, health, services, and traffic management.

Prince Abdulaziz affirmed that the Makkah Route Initiative has also made significant strides in facilitating the arrival of pilgrims from their respective countries. This initiative has been achieved by implementing advanced entry ports in seven countries and
implementing smart paths and electronic entry gates at entry ports in the Kingdom. This has enabled pilgrims to travel among Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites and influx to the Two Holy Mosques using the most modern transportation methods in a safe and stable atmosphere.

Their efforts were tailored to accommodate the significant number of pilgrims, totalling 1,833,164, ensuring the provision of top-quality services that enabled pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease and peace of mind. Prince Abdulaziz added that the pilgrims’ health conditions are free of epidemic diseases.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Eidani directs not to harm the owners of encroached homes in one of the areas of Basra… until their children complete their exams

The Governor of Basra, Asaad Al-Eidani, gave a grace period to the owners of the encroached homes in the ‘Casino du Liban’ area until their children complete their sixth middle school exams.

Al-Eidani said in a press statement: ‘Today we informed the cadres of the governorate’s municipality directorate not to harm the owners of the encroached houses in the Casino du Liban until their student children complete their sixth grade ministerial preparatory exams.’

The local government of Basra informed the residents of the slums encroaching on the Casino du Liban that they would be evacuated to implement a government project in the region.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud Meets with Senior Officials from the Ministry of Interior and Security, Hajj Security Forces, and Military Commanders

Makkah: Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz has met here with senior officials, of security, Hajj security forces, and military commanders and commended them for safeguarding the security and safety of pilgrims, thus contributing to the success of the Hajj season 1445 AH.

Prince Abdulaziz conveyed the greetings and congratulations of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the personnel of the Ministry of Interior, the Presidency of State Security, and the supporting military bodies from the Ministry of National Guard, the Ministry of Defense, and the General Intelligence Presidency on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, and affirmed the leadership’s pride and appreciation for all these institutions for carrying out the Hajj security and organizational plans.

The minister emphasized that a safe Hajj
and a fulfilling experience for pilgrims on this journey of faith were achieved due to a combination of qualified human capabilities, strategic planning, and optimal use of technology.

Prince Abdulaziz commended the efforts and dedication of the sectors taking part in the Hajj.

Director of Public Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee Lieutenant-General Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Bassami emphasized that the Hajj security forces are still working according to plans, to ensure the safety of the pilgrims, stressing that all parties involved work together, making full use of all technology, including AI, human and technical resources.

Al-Bassami said that the Hajj security forces will continue following the security and organizational plans until Hajj is completed and pilgrims return to their countries.

Source: Saudi Press Agency