Riyadh International Book Fair 2018 begins registration

A visitor reads a book during the Riyadh International Book Fair. (SPA)
Updated 09 November 2017
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Riyadh International Book Fair 2018 begins registration

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture and Information announced the start of registration for publishing houses wishing to participate in the Riyadh International Book Fair 2018, from inside and outside the Kingdom, through the official website http://riyadhbookfair.org.sa.
The registration process starts from Nov. 8 and will continue till Dec. 30, the media department of the ministry said. The annual book fair will have a 10-day run at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from March 14 to 24, according to the official website.
The book fair and its accompanying exhibition is keen to attract the largest possible audience in all its aspects, from all age groups, including those who come from within the city and outside, whether through direct visits or visits organized through schools and universities.
Commenting on preparations for the book fair, Abdul Rahman Al-Assem, general supervisor for cultural affairs at the ministry, said that they are working to prepare for the book fair and exhibition in a way that reflects Saudi culture, its international standing, and fulfils the aspirations of those interested in the publishing industry.
Al-Assem, who is also the general supervisor of the exhibition, called on interested publishing houses to abide by the terms and conditions of participation set by the ministry on the exhibition’s website. He stressed the importance of meeting deadlines for registration and completing all procedures, according to the specified conditions.
The annual cultural event that provides a cultural bridge between the Arab region and the wider world by serving as a networking platform for publishers, writers, scholars and academic institutions. It attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis with a wide participation of local, Arab and world publishing houses.
The annual book fair, which started over a decade ago, puts on display a large number of books on Islam, Arab culture, history, medicine, law, science and technology, mass media and communication, besides biographical accounts, fiction and novels available in popular languages including Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Urdu and Spanish.


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.