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It takes 8 full months to make kiswa

Source : Arab news / 16 Jul 2014

The black cloth used to cover the House of God at Makkah costs SR22 million and takes eight full months to make, Abdullah Bajawda, Kiswa Factory manager, told a local daily.

“The ‘kiswa’ used to be previously bought abroad, but in 1927, the late King Abdulaziz ordered the construction of a special factory for manufacturing the cloth in the Ajyad district in Makkah, which was later relocated to the Tayseer district.”


New book features Kiswa as top Islamic symbol

Source : Arab News / 10 Jul 2014

The Kiswa, or covering of the Kaaba, has been featured as one of the most important symbols of Islamic society in a new publication launched in Sharjah on Monday. 

The book is entitled “Islamic Textiles from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.”


300 female supervisors to work at Makkah Grand Mosque

Source : Saudi Gazette / 07 Jul 2014

The women’s section of Saudi Arabia's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, known as the religious police, has prepared 300 women to supervise female gatherings in the Grand Mosque.


Five new parks to be opened in Madinah

Source : Arab News / 05 Jul 2014

The Madinah Secretariat has completed construction works on five new parks in different districts of the city covering a total area exceeding 75,000 square meters.

Khalid bin Abdilqadir Tahir, secretary of the Madinah region, said that the five parks are expected to be opened to the public in the second week of Ramadan.


23 guardians sued for refusing their consent to marriage

Source : Arab News / 04 Jul 2014

Twenty-three Saudi women sued their guardians last year for refusing to let them get married, a source at the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) was quoted by the local media as saying.


Saudi women don’t need mahram OK for travel within KSA

Source : Arab news / 27 Jun 2014

Around 64 percent of Saudi women are unaware of their right to travel inside the Kingdom without obtaining the approval of their guardians, local media reported, quoting a recently published study.


Qur’an available in 72 languages at Grand Mosque

Source : Arab news / 25 Jun 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has almost completed elaborate and comprehensive arrangements for Qur’an recitation at Makkah’s Grand Mosque ahead of Ramadan. The Qur’an is now available in 72 different foreign languages.


Jeddah to enter world heritage list of UNESCO

Source : Arab News with / 22 Jun 2014

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), announced on Saturday that the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to include the historical sites in Jeddah in the World Heritage List during its meeting in Qatar.


Haramain trains to carry 20m annually

Source : Arab News / 17 Jun 2014

The Haramain speed train project, which is in the final stages, will change the dynamics of pilgrim transportation between the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, said Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah.


50 degrees C heat during 15-hour fasting

Source : Arab News / 10 Jun 2014

Muslims should expect scorching temperatures of over 50 degrees Celsius and more than 15 hours a day of fasting in Ramadan this year. However, the hours will decrease slightly to 14 hours and 40 minutes toward the end of the holy month.


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