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Saudi Arabia appoints women to senior positions at Two Holy Mosques for first time

Saudi Arabia appoints women to senior positions at Two Holy Mosques for first time

Makkah: In an ambitious move to boost women empowerment, two Saudi women have been appointed to top positions at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

Dr. Al-Anoud Al-Aboud and Dr. Fatima Al-Rashoud we're appointed as assistants to the office of Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the organization's president on Sunday as part of a raft of administrative changes.

Dr. Kamelia Al-Daadi, who was appointed assistant undersecretary for women's administrative and service affairs and Dr. Ibtehab Al-Jeaid, who was appointed vice president of libraries and scientific research hold other senior positions.

Dr. Norah Al-Thuwaibi was appointed vice president for scientific, intellectual and women's guidance affairs.

The new positions come in as a part of a recent decision to appoint an assistant undersecretary for women's empowerment alongside the recent celebration of the awarding of 20 women with master's degrees and doctorates.

The new structural changes is expected to support the success and development of the administration, said Al-Daadi to Arab News.

"The responsibility is doubled when it comes to the Two Holy Mosques because they are the destination for millions of Muslims, and serving them is a matter of great honor that everyone seeks" she said.

"Everyone at the General Presidency is working on preparing integrated work methodologies and exerting all possible efforts to become a true model of institutional work, governance, quality, supporting women and establishing creative work environments, which would contribute to … development and efficiency in a short period" Al-Daadi added.

The ambitious strategy that the General Presidency is working on reflects its aim to increase the capacity for pilgrims in the near future, to accommodate around 60,000 worshippers a day while applying the highest health and safety standards.

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