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.”
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.”
Source : Arab news / 02 Jul 2014
A Saudi charity organization aims to revive the Siqaya service, an old tradition that has become obsolete by time where pilgrims, guests and visitors of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah were offered water during the holy month of Ramadan as a gesture of good will by the natives.
Source : Arab News with Unesco.org / 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.
Source : Arab News / 21 Jun 2014
The Shoura Council is studying a proposal to allow Saudi women to apply for international driving licenses in the Kingdom, which would allow them to drive abroad but with the ban still in place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Source : Arab News / 06 Jun 2014
Jeddah is building the first marine park at Dhahban on the shores of the Red Sea, 40 km from the city. The groundbreaking project, which was under study for the last four years, was announced by the Jeddah Municipality on Saturday.
Source : Arab News / 30 May 2014
The Labor Ministry has fixed the working hours for women between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
The move ensures that women don’t begin work too early and don’t work after streets become empty.
Source : World Bulletin / 28 May 2014
Saudi Arabia has designated a one million square meter vicinity in the Holy City of Mecca to build a complex dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad and his teachings.
Called the "Peace be upon the Prophet" project, the center will include an exhibition, university, electronic gate center, library, translation center, hotels and other facilities, the Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.
Source : Arab news / 26 May 2014
An exclusive hotel will finally be opened Tuesday for pilgrims who miss their flights at the Haj terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA).
“A hotel has been established for pilgrims by the Civil Aviation Authority as per directives issued by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” said Abdul Hamid Aba Al-Ari, director-general of KAIA.
Source : Tradearabia / 24 May 2014
Saudi Arabia has been ranked seventh globally for its high public spending on education in the latest 'Learning Curve Index' published by Pearson, a leading learning company, which rates the educational performance of 39 countries.