New codes for Saudi regions begin Aug. 18

Updated 13 August 2013
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New codes for Saudi regions begin Aug. 18

The Communications and Information Technology Commission is making preparations to implement the second phase of a project aimed at increasing telephone numbers by at least 500 million.
Under the project, CITC will add one (1) to its six geographic zone codes. During the first phase, it changed the code of Riyadh region to 011. “The CITC is expected to change the code for the remaining five regions beginning from Aug. 18,” Sabq reported on Monday.
The codes of the five regions are: 012, 013, 014, 016 and 017. The CITC said the change was required to increase the range of numbers available for public mobile communications services and for fixed services.


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.