Sharjah airport implements new baggage rules

New rules will be posted on the airport’s official website.

 

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) started to implement new baggage rules at Sharjah Airport on December 4. The new rules, which will include luggage specifications, will boost operational performance, reduce improper baggage handling and enhance the airport’s competitiveness in the region.

SAA notified the representatives of all airlines operating at Sharjah Airport about the new policy, and informed them that the airport will not receive or handle any baggage that does not comply with its new policy. SAA will post information about the new rules on its official website.

As per the new baggage policy, the Airport will not accept bags that might disrupt the systems. Bags should be 75 cm high, 60 cm wide and 90 cm long with at least one level surface. Non-compliant baggage, such as two items wrapped together, will not be accepted at the arrival point, either directly or through Sharjah Aviation Services.

Baggage that exceeds these specifications can be taken to the desk for oversized baggage. It will be processed based on the airline’s weight allowance and on prior arrangements with Sharjah Aviation Services.

 

In conjunction with the launch of its new identity, Sharjah Airport aims to boost service efficiency including baggage transport services, which are key to improving the competitiveness of Sharjah Airport and of the airlines that operate there, encouraging passenger loyalty, and enhancing Sharjah’s role as an important hub in the aviation industry.

In order to provide passengers with a comfortable and pleasant travel experience, SAA has also taken the initiative of providing a service that involves transferring the contents of rejected baggage into cardboard boxes for a small fee.

Sharjah Airport is handling a growing number of bags, with a comparison between the number of bags handled in the first halves of 2017 and 2018 showing an increase of over 5%.

Sharjah Airport uses advanced systems for luggage and baggage transfer. The SITA BagManager application matches bags with departing passengers and tracks the bags through the airport in real time. SITA has been providing more than 200 airports and 500 airlines worldwide with state-of-the-art airport systems and applications for the past 25 years.

Hajj 2019: Saudi Arabia announces new measures for hajj

Saudi Arabian authorities have put measures in place to regulate the movement around the Holy Ka’aba (tawaf) during the 2019 pilgrimage (hajj).

The measure, according to the authorities, is to help in crowd control similar to the recent innovation in symbolic stoning of the devil (jamarat).

Hitherto, pilgrims were expected to proceed to the jamarat for the stoning ritual from Musdalifa.

However, following the Mina stampede of 2015 in which thousands of pilgrims lost their lives, the authorities introduced a turn by turn arrangements for pilgrims whereby each country is given a time to carry out their stoning ritual.

Also, pilgrims normally proceed to the Holy Mosque to carry out their tawaf as one of the important rituals during hajj after the stoning ritual.

From 2019, the authorities say they will introduce a timetable for countries to carry out their tawaf.

This was revealed Thursday in Makkah by the establishment in charge of African Non-Arabic Speaking Countries, popularly known as muassassa at a meeting with officials of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Also, according to the spokesperson of (NAHCON), Fatima Usara, authorities of the kingdom also revealed tough penalties await people who overstay in Makkah and their collaborators.

Some Nigerian pilgrims often overstay their hajj or umrah visas.

To this end, NAHCON told the Saudi officials that it has ”laid out plans on this issue and was supported by the establishment pledging to offer the commission all necessary backing in doing so

”Both sides agreed to introduce collaborative measures that will bring visa/immigration violation to an end, ” she said.

Mrs Usara, in an email to PREMIUM TIMES, said representatives of Nigeria’s Licensed Tour Operators, who’s pilgrims were most culpable in the act, also pledged that their organisation will not tolerate any member trying to soil their name and business.

NAHCON also took advantage of the meeting to demand that Nigerians pilgrims tent at Mashair should have air conditioners instead of desert coolers.

The manager in charge of Jamrat operations under Mu’assasa, Abdallah Lashkuri, assured that the request will be given consideration.

”Relevant papers on terms and conditions were signed legally binding the two sides in a contractual agreement,” she said.

High Transportation Cost

Also, the President of General Car Syndicates, the agency in charge of pilgrims’ transportation throughout Hajj season, Abdulrahman bin Mayouf AlHarbi, responded to allegations that Nigerian pilgrims are being overcharged on transport fares compared to those from other countries.

”He expressed surprise on how this could be possible seeing that the charges are officially determined, government controlled as well as a matter of policy with payment made within financial regulations and transparently, ” Mrs Usara said.

On current contract for pilgrims’ conveyance during 2019 Hajj, the official disclosed that because government had rolled out a comprehensive social safety transport system, henceforth, it mandated all transport companies to provide new buses not more than 10 years old.

”This policy therefore jerked up the cost of transportation, which had remained the same in the past 30 years.

”NAHCON’s Chairman, Barrister Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad made a plea for this increase to be shelved aside this year due to general economic downturn all over the world.

”Besides, he argued, procurement of these vehicles is a long-term investment whose proceeds should be reaped gradually.

”However, his counterpart in the GCS declared that it is a decision solely under the purview of Ministry of hajj and umrah,” the NAHCON spokesperson said.

She also said the GCS President expressed satisfaction with the commission, proclaiming that NAHCON has been one of the best in the last three years and has remained a role model to other countries.

Umrah guests visit historic sites in Madinah, Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The guests of the 13th batch of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah on Sunday visited Islamic sites in Madinah and the King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Qur’an.

The guests of the 13th batch of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah visited Islamic sites in Madinah. (SPA)

The head of planning department of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Djibouti, Dr. Othman Hussein Mohammed, thanked King Salman for making all-out efforts to serve Islam and Muslims all over the world.
The guests — comprising 203 figures from eight African countries — thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided for them since they left their countries until their arrival in the Kingdom. They are from Ethiopia, Senegal, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.
With the arrival of the 13th batch of guests, the total number has reached 2,803 from various countries since the start of the program. Hajj and Umrah Minister Mohammed Salih Bentin earlier received separately in Makkah the heads of the Iraqi, Malaysian and Nigerian Hajj delegations.

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Sign language and Braille Qur’ans to help pilgrims at Two Holy Mosques

MAKKAH: Sign language, Braille Qur’ans and electric wheelchairs are some of the new features in Makkah and Madinah to help pilgrims with disabilities to execute the religious rites of Hajj and Umrah.
An official at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques described those with disabilities as “highly motivated people with special powers” and that services had been established to aid them, providing them with ease and comfort and avoiding complications even during peak times.


Ahmed Al-Burqati, who is tasked with helping people at the presidency, told Arab News there were designated entrances to ease access to prayer areas, including the ones on the ground and first floors of the King Fahd expansion at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
Other provisions include a pen that serves as a Qur’an reader, and help for holding and carrying Qur’ans for people unable to hold them. Copies of the Qur’an in Braille along with other religious booklets are available, as are on-site specialists to help pilgrims during prayer times and guide them through the mosque sites, he added.


Ahmed Badawi, an Egyptian pilgrim performing Umrah, said he was not expecting to find such services awaiting him in the Grand Mosque compound.
Other special services at the holy mosques include: Wheelchairs transported in golf carts to prayer areas; designated entrances; sign language interpreters for those with hearing or speech impairments; canes for the blind and visually impaired; and electric wheelchairs to perform key religious rites such as tawaf.

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High-quality service to Umrah guests pledged

JEDDAH: Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh welcomed in Madinah the 13th batch of guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Umrah on Saturday.
The minister praised the program and called it a service to Muslims around the world.
He said the ministry supervises the program and ensures a high-quality service to the guests.
The minister said such programs are also an important source of strengthening strong ties with brotherly countries all across the world. The guests — comprising 203 figures from eight African countries — thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous hospitality, services and facilities provided for them since they left their countries. They are from Ethiopia, Senegal, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.
With the arrival of the 13th batch of guests, the total number has reached 2,803 from various countries since the start of the program.

(Source : Arab News)