Algerian, Pakistani and Burkina Faso pilgrims attend Makkah festival

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Muslims from Burkina Faso, Algeria and Pakistan attend the festival which included a short movie about Makkah and its historical role in hosting pilgrims.
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Muslims from Burkina Faso, Algeria and Pakistan attend the festival which included a short movie about Makkah and its historical role in hosting pilgrims.
Updated 17 September 2017
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Algerian, Pakistani and Burkina Faso pilgrims attend Makkah festival

MAKKAH: Al-Nuzhah neighborhood center held a festival earlier this week to welcome pilgrims from different countries.
Muslims from Burkina Faso, Algeria and Pakistan attended the festival which included a short movie about Makkah and its historical role in hosting pilgrims.
Adel Hafez, the festival organizer, told Arab News that the pilgrims were able to learn about local culture through the event and recognize the historical value of Makkah’s cultural heritage.
Makkah is rich in historical scenes and full of events which have rich cultural significance, of which all pilgrims should be aware, Hafez said.
He pointed out that the relationship between pilgrims and Makkah as a city should not be only by performing the rituals but they should have access to Makkah’s cultural history.
“Whenever you look at Makkah, you will see historical resources and archaeological publications, museums, and archaeological culture,” Hafez added.
He said that they have dedicated this festival to present a brief overview of Makkah culture and heritage where they can focus on folklore.
“We showed them Makkah from the past and present to let them know how our ancestors lived and how they served pilgrims,” he pointed out.
“We showed them a movie that talks about different historical periods and how Makkah’s people had to help pilgrims, plus, the show explained all the efforts of the Saudi government accorded to pilgrims.”
The festival included a competition to recognize the voices of Al-Haram muezzins — people who call prayers — who had interacted among the arrivals from Pakistan, Burkina Faso and Algeria.
Khalid Mushtag, a Pakistani pilgrim, said: “We appreciate the fantastic show and learned a lot about Makkah’s culture. It also gave us an opportunity to have a cultural exchange which enriched everyone who came.”


Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi, general supervisor at the Saudi Ministry of Media

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Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi, general supervisor at the Saudi Ministry of Media

Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi is the general supervisor of foreign media at the Saudi Ministry of Media. He is also the chairman of Arab Media Standing Committee at the Arab League.

Al-Ghamdi is also an assistant professor at the department of industrial engineering at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.

He also serves as the vice dean of the Research and Consulting Institute at King Abdul Aziz University and the deputy CEO of Jeddah Valley Technical Co.

Before that he worked as a graduate assistant at King Abdul Aziz University between 2002 and 2004. Later, he went to the UK to pursue his postgraduate studies.

Before pursuing a career as an academic, Al-Ghamdi served as an industrial engineer at Saudi Arabian Airlines in Jeddah between 2000 and 2002.

Al-Ghamdi holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the College of Engineering, King Abdul Aziz University.

He received his master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the department of manufacturing engineering at the School of Engineering, the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Al-Ghamdi is also an honorary research fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

During a meeting of the Arab Media Standing Committee at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday, Al-Ghamdi called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.

He stressed that the Palestinian cause, Al-Quds and countering terrorism were the most important issues discussed at the 93rd session of the committee.