Public transport to give Madinah massive facelift

Updated 12 August 2013
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Public transport to give Madinah massive facelift

Studies have been completed for the establishment of a new public transport system in Madinah to meet requirements of the city’s growing population and more than 10 million annual visitors.
“Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has endorsed the public transport plan to present it to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his approval,” said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar on Sunday.
He said the project reflected the government’s care for the millions of pilgrims who visit the holy city to pray at the Prophet’s Mosque, the second most sacred place for worship for Muslims all over the world.
The new transport system augurs well with the ongoing massive development projects such as the Prophet’s Mosque expansion, the Haramain Railway, the Madinah airport expansion and the new King Abdullah Pilgrims City.
Hajjar said the transport project reflected Prince Faisal’s farsightedness and his desire to meet the city’s future requirements. “Madinah currently receives more than 10 million visitors annually,” he pointed out.
Saudi Arabia has already announced plans to establish metros and public transport systems in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Dammam as part of efforts to ensure smooth traffic.
The new projects, according to experts, are estimated to cost over SR300 billion.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

Updated 19 July 2019
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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.