Pilgrims lose way in Grand Mosque

Updated 16 March 2014
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Pilgrims lose way in Grand Mosque

The vast expansion of the Grand Mosque at Makkah has made it difficult for pilgrims to find their way around the area or even reach the Kaaba.
Arab News toured the city and found that first-time pilgrims get lost easily owing a lack of information points and signposts.
Many can be seen praying and performing Umrah rituals in the wrong direction because they are unable to see the Kaaba from afar.
Arab News spoke with Turkish pilgrims, who complained that this was their first time and that they encounter difficulty getting to the Kaaba.
Fatima from Istanbul said: “Large crowds and extensive construction work have made entire groups lose their way and pray in the wrong direction. We need more signposts in various languages both inside and outside the Grand Mosque area to solve this problem. Multilingual staff should be appointed to help guide the masses,” she said.
According to official estimates, 750,000 pilgrims performed the Umrah in a single month, a record compared to last year. The figure is expected to reach 6 million by the end of the season.
Pilgrims also find themselves being ripped off by taxi drivers, who charge extra during peak times and traffic congestion.
“The government should put up boards with taxi fares at taxi stands near the Grand Mosque. Otherwise, drivers will continue to demand SR20 for short distances and take advantage of pilgrims who are unable to use buses,” said Abdul Rahman, a visitor to Makkah.


King cites center's role in enhancing national cohesion and promoting culture of dialogue

Updated 23 April 2018
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King cites center's role in enhancing national cohesion and promoting culture of dialogue

  • The Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue was founded in 2003
  • It regularly organizes forums at the national level in different parts of the Kingdom

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday met Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammad Al-Sabeel, chairman of Board of Trustees of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, and other members of the board at Al-Yamamah Palace. 

The king laid emphasis on the importance of the center’s role in serving the society, enhancing national cohesion and in promoting the culture of dialogue. 

The Riyadh-based center was founded in 2003 with the aim of strengthening national unity. 

One of the main objectives of the center is to formulate a correct Islamic discourse based on moderation and moderation.

It is a national organization that aims to spread the culture of dialogue and establish it as a norm for general conduct on the levels of the individual citizen. 

The center also undertakes the study and discussion of issues of national importance, which effect the lives of Saudi citizens.

It regularly organizes forums at the national level in different parts of the Kingdom. The topics covered at these meetings range from unity to youth’s expectations.