Madinah’s date market bustling with pilgrims

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Pilgrims and visitors are seen at the Central Date Market near the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (AN photo)
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Updated 17 February 2017
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Madinah’s date market bustling with pilgrims

MADINAH: Pilgrims and visitors are flocking to the Central Date Market near the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to buy different kinds of dates, a traditional present upon returning to their countries.
An Arab News reporter saw waves of pilgrims of different nationalities at the bustling market.
The high-quality Ajwah date ranged from SR35 ($9) to SR50 per kilogram. The high-quality Anbarah cost SR40-55 per kilogram. Al-Safwi was sold at SR15-25 per kilogram. Al-Siqi cost SR15-20 per kilogram.
Date-shop owners at the market told Arab News that pilgrims who most like to buy dates are Turks, followed by Indonesians, Malaysians, Pakistanis and Gulf nationals.
Hammoud Alitha Al-Harbi, head of the Cooperative Agricultural Association in Madinah, told Arab News that Madinah is one of the Kingdom’s greatest producers of dates.
With the city attracting up to 10 million pilgrims and visitors throughout the year, it has became the main seller of Saudi dates.
There are almost 18,000 date palm farms in the country, with more than 3.5 million palm trees producing around 360 types. Of these, 20 kinds make up 70 percent of Madinah’s annual production, which reaches up to 300,000 tons, representing 32 percent of Saudi dates and generating around SR9 million in revenue annually.
Madinah produces the famous Ruthana and Rabeia varieties, as well as Ajwa, Barni, Majdoul, Anbara and Safawa, which are the most in-demand among residents and visitors.
Statistics show that each pilgrim buys an average of 5-10 kilograms of dates.


Saudi graduates urged to turn ideas into investment projects

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday patronized the graduation ceremony of 3,384 Taibah University students for the academic year 2017-2018. (SPA)
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Saudi graduates urged to turn ideas into investment projects

  • Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman called on graduates to benefit from bodies that support small enterprises and turn ideas into investment projects

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday patronized the graduation ceremony of 3,384 Taibah University students for the academic year 2017-2018.

Integrating graduates into the labor market and giving them suitable job opportunities are the responsibility of the province’s public- and private-sector officials, he said, urging the combining of efforts to enable graduates to contribute to the Kingdom’s development.

He called on graduates to benefit from bodies that support small enterprises and turn ideas into investment projects.

Taibah University President Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their care and support for students, academic initiatives, and the development of the education sector.

“Taibah University seeks to adopt the latest developments and highest international academic standards for developing and implementing academic programs, supporting students and empowering them, and achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030” reform plan, he said.

Following the recent International Conference on Humanizing Cities, the university has decided to launch the Prince Faisal bin Salman award for humanizing cities, Al-Sarani added.

On behalf of all the graduates, one of them said in a speech: “After four years of memories, wonderful work and great effort, we graduate today to serve our country with our creative skills and great faith.”

At the end of the ceremony, Prince Faisal honored the winners of the Ambassadors of Moderation competition and first-class honor students.