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30,000 green carpets in Grand Mosque maintained thru sequenced stages
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Believe it or not, around 30,000 green carpets cover the area around Makkah and the Holy Mosque with a total length of almost 100 kilometers.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman pays special attention to the carpets that should smell of fine roses so that pilgrims can perform their religious duties in a pleasant environment.
Dust removal and sanitization
A complete department is solely in charge of the carpets, where five cleaning stages are completed every day in a warehouse.
In the first stage, dust and dirt is removed using a high-tech machine. The carpets are then washed with detergent and disinfectants in the second stage with a machine that does not need human labor to operate.
The carpets are then rinsed and placed on a moving bridge where they are ready for the third stage.
They are then dried automatically at a rate of three carpets every minute and a half.
Workers then spread the carpets under the sun for a full day in summer, and two days if it is winter.
Cleaning, maintenance and rose spray
In the last stage, the carpets are carefully cleaned with brooms to make sure there is no dust remaining, and finally they are sprayed with a rose solution completing the washing and disinfection process.
The supervisor of the carpet washing process and the warehouse, Mohammed Al-Otaibi, said that the warehouse receives 200 carpets daily. They are sorted, processed and maintained periodically by trained workers.
Imam inaugurates move back to the Prophet’s Mihrab
Monday 8 January 2018
MADINAH: The imam of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Baijan, today led worshippers in Salat Al Zuhr inside Prophet Muhammad’s Mihrab in the sacred chamber (Al-Rawda Al-Sharifa).
This step came after announcing the decision to perform the daily prayers as well as Friday prayers in Al-Rawda Al-Sharifa to allow worshippers to visit the tombs of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his two companions after they’re done with prayers.
The move was decided last month after 25 years of conducting prayers from the new mihrab.
The Prophet’s tomb can be visited by entering Al-Salam Door, passing by the tomb’s facade, and leaving through the Door of Baqi.
New post-Umrah tourist visas to be issued this quarter
Sunday 7 January 2018
JEDDAH: The director of the Tourism and Heritage Authority in the Makkah region, Mohammed Al-Omari, told Arab News on Saturday that, “citizens from all the countries who have access to the Kingdom can obtain tourist visas.”
Al-Omari continued: “All Muslims from countries around the world can obtain a post-Umrah tourist visa, so when Umrah is finished they can become a tourist.” This is called the extended Umrah visa for post-Umrah tourism.
“Everyone will benefit from these visas as long as the conditions apply to them,” he added.
Umrah is a shorter version of Hajj and can be performed all year round.
The maximum period of visa validity is 30 days.
Asked when these tourism visas would be issued, Al-Omari answered: “Prince Sultan bin Salman, the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) said that the start of tourism visa issuance will be announced during the first quarter of 2018.”
Sixty-five countries will be allowed tourism visas in the first phase of the project, and the number will increase in the second phase.
Saudi Arabia is aiming to solidify its place as a tourist destination with mega projects such as the Red Sea island resorts and the Neom project on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Mumbai-Jeddah ship service to resume for Haj pilgrimage
India’s Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi:Sending Haj pilgrims through
ships will help cut down travel expenses significantly. It will be a "revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly" decision.
The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai & Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995.
January 8, 2018
JEDDAH – After a gap of 23 years, the government of India is seriously making efforts to resume pilgrimage by sea route for the upcoming Haj. Minister of Haj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten has agreed in principle to resume ship service for this year’s pilgrimage, according to India’s Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. “The pilgrimage by ship has been a topic of discussion since several months and the modalities for ferrying pilgrims will be finalized between the Saudi and Indian authorities. This is a very good news that I can provide you as it would be helpful in cutting down the Haj cost significantly,” he said while addressing a press conference at Jeddah Consulate premises on Sunday after signing the bilateral Haj agreement with Minister Benten.
Naqvi, who is in charge of India’s Haj affairs, added that in the first phase the ship service will be between Mumbai and Jeddah. The Indian government’s move is part of its new five-year Haj policy, which focuses on cutting and minimizing the cost for Haj with the phasing out of subsidy by the year 2022. The ship service was a major highlight of the new Haj policy following the recommendation of the High Power Committee to Review India’s Haj Policy, headed by Afzal Amanullah, who had served as consul general in Jeddah in late1990s.
Dispatching pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares and thus compensating them for the absence of subsidy. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped in 1995 and MV Akbari was the last ship used to transport the pilgrims. At that time, it took nearly a week for the pilgrims to reach Jeddah. But now, the modern and well-equipped ships can ferry 4,000-5,000 pilgrims between the two port cities within just two-three days, according to well-informed sources.
Naqvi told reporters that his meeting with Minister Benten was very fruitful. “We discussed several issues related to Haj facilities and services and we are happy that the Saudi authorities are very cooperative and they have appreciated Indian pilgrims for their peaceful conduct and law abiding nature,” he said.
The minister announced that the process is on to introduce e-immigration from India for the first time this year. “The Saudi government’s response was very positive to our request for an increase in the pilgrims’ quota from the existing 170,000, and there will be no increase in quota for private tour operators and it would be same as last year. This time our Haj process is 100 percent digital and we have received several applications through online and mobile apps,” he said adding more than 360,000 applications have been received so far.
Naqvi said all the 21 embarkation points (EP) of last year would stay for this year’s Haj also. “For the first time, we give pilgrims option to choose any other EP that is cheaper than their designated one. Women pilgrims above 45 years of age will be sent in groups of women without a mahram (blood relative) by taking advantage of the Saudi concession in this regard.
The press conference was also attended by Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser M.P, chairman of Indian Haj Committee, Jan-e-Alam, joint secretary of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Sunil Gautam, private secretary of the minister, and Nijamuddin, deputy secretary for Haj, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ahmad Javed, ambassador of India, Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh, consul general, and Mohammed Shahid Alam, deputy consul general and Haj consul.
Makkah vendors banned from selling Holy Mosque souvenirs
Thursday 11 January 2018
MAKKAH: The Ministry of Commerce and Investment continues its campaign in Makkah against selling souvenirs of the Kaaba, Maqam Ibrahim and Al-Haram Al-Makki because of what it called “preserving its sanctity” after shops were notified through inspection tours.
According to a source at the branch of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in Makkah, souvenirs and antiques of Al-Haram were confiscated and the violating shops were notified of the consequences of the act to preserve the sanctity of these places.
Many of these central-based commercial establishments have cooperated with international factories to sell souvenirs of the Kaaba and Maqam Ibrahim because it is profitable.
Economists believe that an antiques and gifts sector in Makkah and Madinah would create employment opportunities for both men and women and that there are large-scale manufacturing opportunities.
Ali Al-Twaim, a professor of Islamic jurisprudence, told Arab News that selling souvenirs containing images of the Kaaba and the holy mosque is an insult to its sanctity and is a wrongful practice.
He stressed that “these souvenirs must take into account the holiness and honor granted by God to these places, in addition to the fact that they could be put in inappropriate places.”
“Many of these souvenirs do not reflect the extent of attachment and affection. There are some Umrah and Hajj pilgrims, and visitors who are passionately fond of whatever is for sale in Makkah, not to mention if it was like the Kaaba, Maqam Ibrahim or Al-Haram Al-Makki,” Al-Twaim said.
Economically, Abdel Moneim Bukhari, the owner of the Al-Meawiah Establishment for Antiques and Gifts, believes that these replicas are a souvenir that many visitors keep and remain a link that connects them to the place that they revere.
Bukhari said that “Umrah and Hajj pilgrims, like all tourists around the world, like to take any souvenirs or gifts with them that remind them of Makkah.”
He said that these goods have positive economic effects on the GDP. “Many of these industrial products are imported from several countries such as China, India, Taiwan and Pakistan, which are far from being specialized factories in Makkah. They should be of high quality and standards of respect,” Bukhari said.
He said that anything from Makkah should be made in Makkah and support the economics of Hajj and Umrah. “One of the pillars of Vision 2030 includes increasing the numbers of Umrah and Hajj pilgrims to 30 million by 2030.”
He added that many economic sectors will adapt to the challenges of this stage, which means that the requirements of Hajj and Umrah and their needs are essential in terms of housing, hotels, living, transport, industries, antiques and gifts.
MADINAH, Saudi Arabia: The Holy City of Madinah experienced a 2.5 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, engineer Hani Zahran of the Saudi Geological Society told Arab News.
City officials confirmed that there were no reports of damage from the earthquake.
The center of the earthquake was 14km north-west of Madinah at a depth of 7 kilometers below the surface.
Col. Khaled Al-Johani, spokesman of the Civil Defense in the city, said they had received a call around 3pm with residents in the townships west of Madinah having felt a tremor.
Tariq Aba Al-Khail, a spokesman for the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, said that the tremor was "weak and not dangerous", noting that small tremors occur often in the Kingdom.
Brig. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, director of civil fed defense department ordered specialists from civil defense and the Saudi Geological Survey to issue the necessary reports.
Age limits set for wheelchair assistants in Makkah's Grand Mosque
Wednesday 17 January 2018
MAKKAH: Only people aged between 25 and 60 years will be allowed to push the wheelchairs of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, said the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
The age limit is to ensure the health of pilgrims and visitors, and because people outside the age group may have difficulty reaching the elevations of Safa and Marwa while pushing a wheelchair, said the director of mobility services at the presidency, Saleh Hossawee.
“Many Umrah and Hajj pilgrims complained about the inability of some wheelchair pushers to reach the end of the tracks between the mountains of Safa and Marwa,” he told Arab News.
“When these complaints were repeated, the presidency issued a decision to prevent those over 60 years of age from doing the job.”
Pushing wheelchairs is one of the most common jobs undertaken to serve pilgrims and improve the living conditions of those who are unemployed.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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