Training center for Haj service providers to open in Jeddah

Updated 22 November 2013
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Training center for Haj service providers to open in Jeddah

The Ministry of Haj plans to establish a special training center in Jeddah for Haj and Umrah service providers, a ministry official said.
The center would provide special training for government officials and employees of private establishments so that they provide “excellent services for Haj and Umrah pilgrims,” said Muhammad Simsim, adviser to the Minister of Haj and supervisor of the training programs, on Thursday.
The center is being established in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Simsim said.
He said several establishments under the supervision of the ministry are responsible for transporting, accommodating and guiding pilgrims throughout their stay.
The ministry decided earlier this month to prioritize the training of all service providers, he said. “The ministry realizes that training is a vital factor in preparing a workforce capable of serving pilgrims in the most ideal manner,” he said.
The center would recruit highly qualified trainers and collaborate with experienced institutions in the Kingdom and abroad, he said.
Bandar Hajjar, the Haj minister, is committed to having a qualified workforce, combined with the latest technology, for the upcoming Haj season, the official said.
The ministry also views the training as an investment and essential measure to achieve qualitative improvements in administration and fieldwork. The ministry would collaborate with community colleges and universities. The training programs would include workshops, lectures and conferences, he said.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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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.