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

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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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Posted by: Usman

?the teachings of the Islamic Shariah?.....What a joke !! Poor Pilgrims are forced to spent on average minimum 3-4 hours on passport control ... And for them that is ISLAMIC ???

Last month, friend's family landed at 3.30 am and came out at 8.30 from airport

Posted by: Majed

Too much. Too much of nothing.

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