Jeddah's King Abdulaziz Airport introduces female-only customs counters

The new initiative is part of an overhaul of processes at the airport
Photo for illustrative purpose only (AFP/Getty Images)
By Beatrice Thomas
Wed 21 May 2014 11:35 AM

Female-only customs counters will soon be established at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah in the latest new initiative to be implemented at the airport, it was reported.

Brig. Khalaf Allah Bin Obaidullah Al Tuwairgi, the newly appointed director general of Makkah Province’s Passports Department (Jawazat), said 40 Saudi women will be trained to serve female passengers in accordance with “the teachings of the Islamic Shariah”.

King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh has already prepared special counters to process the passports of female passengers, Saudi Gazette reported.

Touring KAIA airport, Tuwairgi reportedly ruled introducing a visa-on-arrival system, saying “the issuance of entry visas is the sole prerogative of the high authorities”.

However, he lauded the electronic services now offered to customers by the Jawazat.

Last month, a new dress code was implemented for Jawazat officers at immigration counters at the airports, with staff now required to wear traditional dress instead of military uniforms.

The move was said to be in a bid to promote Saudi identity, authorities said.

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