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Islam in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia opens family courts, first step in wider legal reform

Source : Reuters / 20 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday opened new courts focusing on family disputes, the first of a series of specialized tribunals aimed at making the kingdom's legal system faster, more transparent and predictable.

 

Smoking ban introduced in Saudi Arabia

Source : Arab news / 08 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia has banned smoking in sports stadiums across the country as part of efforts to encourage its young population to quit the bad habit, which has been costing it billions of riyals in terms of treatment for tobacco-related diseases.

 

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.”

 

Siqaya service back in Holy Mosques to revive tradition

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.

 

Jeddah to enter world heritage list of UNESCO

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.

 

Saudi women to get driving licenses

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.

 

KSA’s first marine park to be built at Dhahban

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.

 

Saudi women forbidden to work after 11

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. 

 

Complex dedicated to Prophet Muhammad to be built in Mecca

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.

 
 

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