Al-Shaibi given new Kaaba key

Updated 27 November 2013
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Al-Shaibi given new Kaaba key

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Monday handed over the new keys of the Holy Kaaba (House of God) to Sheikh Abdul Qader Al-Shaibi, its chief guardian.
The newly built lock was fixed on the Kaaba following the ceremonial washing of the House of God on Monday under the leadership of Prince Khaled.
The lock and key were made of nickel and polished by 18-carat gold.
The Muslim testimony to faith is written on the front side of the lock and an attribution of donation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the back.
Inscribed on the sides is: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, 1434H, verse 97 from the Quranic chapter entitled Al-Maida and verse 96 of the chapter entitled Al-Imran.
The Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques’ Affairs supervised the making of the new lock and key at King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology in Riyadh.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, thanked the Saudi leadership for its support. The old lock and key would be preserved at the Two Holy Mosques Exhibition, he said.
Prince Khaled, accompanied by top officials, earlier washed the Kaaba using Zamzam water mixed with rose water. He was greeted upon arrival by Sheikh Sudais and his deputy, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Khuzaim. The ceremony was attended by Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar, Deputy Makkah Gov. Abdul Aziz Al-Khodairy, Deputy Haj Minister Hatim Qadi and several Muslim diplomats.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.