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Makkah Exhibition showcases artifacts of holy mosques

Source : / 26 Oct 2013

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has set up an exhibition to document the history and artifacts of the Haram Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

The manager of the Two Holy Mosques Exhibition, Mohammad Al-Jabri said that the exhibition will include artifacts, architectural and inscriptions from the Umayyad era until the present era.


1,000 women to work in Grand Mosque

Source : Arab news / 21 Oct 2013

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, head of the General Presidency of the Holy Mosques Affairs, has instructed officials to hire 1,000 female guides to help out women visitors at the Grand Mosque.

The Director of Women Guides Department, Sheikh Adel Al-Hamdan, said the presidency has given its nod for the recruitment of 1,000 women who have the required qualifications, both on permanent and temporary basis.


Poorly pilgrims transferred to Arafat to undergo hajj journey

By Mustapha Ajbaili / 14 Oct 2013
Muslims with physical and financial abilities are required to perform hajj once in their lifetime, but those who arrive in Saudi Arabia and then fall ill are given a hand to get to the finish line.
Well-equipped ambulances with highly trained paramedics on Saturday transferred 23 foreign patient pilgrims from Madina, 340 km north of Makkah to Arafat’s Public Hospital in the Muslim holy city.

Number of pilgrims increases 75 times in 70 years

Source : Arab news / 7 Oct 2013
The number of foreign pilgrims has increased more than 75 times over the past 70 years, according to Abdulhamid Abal Arry, general director of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
He said the number of pilgrims increased from 23,863 in 1941 to 1.8 million in 2010. 
He said that 1.67 million pilgrims had arrived by air this season. Around 8.3 million pilgrims came through King Abdulaziz International Airport for Haj and Umrah in 2012 alone. 


Free Qur’an app ‘Recite it Right’ at Apple Store

By Nadim Al-Hamid / 2 Oct 2013
A new Qur’an application to help people read the holy book correctly is now available at the Apple App Store.
The application called “Recite it Right” was developed by the Qur’an Recital and Memorization Society in Jeddah and launched recently by Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and
Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh.


Ministry warns students against mocking Islam

By Ibrahim Naffee / 2 Oct 2013

The Ministry of Education has warned that it would expel any student found mocking Islam or spreading illicit ideas at school. Penalties for violating the code of behavior include preventing a student from pursuing studies for one academic year. The ministry would notify all education departments of its decision without naming the accused.

The ministry called on school principals to inform their local education department of such cases so student committees could launch investigations. These committees should have sessions with students implicated in such behavior.


All About Ihram

By Muhammad Fathi / 9 Sep 2013

After you have made the necessary preparations - paid your debts, repented, absolved yourself of any wrongdoing toward others, etc. - you are ready to take the first step in the blessed journey: ihram.


Saudi dates reach world markets with wrong ‘certificates of origin’

By Muhammad Al-Harbi / 31 Aug 2013

Abdul Aziz Al-Twaijri, a member of the National Council for Palms and Dates, has alleged that huge quantities of Saudi dates are being sold in European markets with a “country of origin” label other than that of Saudi Arabia.

Speaking on the sidelines of Buraidah Dates Festival, Al-Twaijri said the Saudi produce was being accessed to Asian and European markets through neighboring countries such as UAE, Jordan and Turkey. 


Hundreds of mosques under renovation

Source : Arab news / 29 Aug 2013

The renovation of 647 mosques is currently under way, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments and Call.

“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s program for the renovation of mosques is progressing steadily,” said Undersecretary for Administrative and Technical Affairs Abdullah Al-Huwaimel.


Rate of unemployed Saudi women up 2.3% in 2012

By Fadia Giffry / 27 Aug 2013

Unemployment among Saudi women in the private sector increased by 2.3 percent in 2012, according to new statistics release by the Ministry of Labor.

In 2011, there were around 302,000 unemployed Saudi women, while the figure grew to 358,000 in 2012, marking a notable increase, sources told a local daily.


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