Iftar at Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque: A cultural gathering

1 / 2
Iftar meals are offered in Makkah’s Grand Mosque and its plazas to bring together fasting people of different nationalities and races. (SPA)
2 / 2
Updated 09 June 2018
0

Iftar at Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque: A cultural gathering

JEDDAH: Iftar meals are offered in Makkah’s Grand Mosque and its plazas to bring together fasting people of different nationalities and races.
Volunteers prepare the meals daily, and distribute food and coffee to the mosque’s visitors. The meals are arranged in a linear manner so as not to hinder people’s movement in the mosque.
The meals are organized an hour before the Maghrib prayer, and are distributed half an hour before it is time to break the fast.
They differ depending on the institutions and associations carrying out the initiative, which is supervised by the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque.
Meals distributed in the Grand Mosque consist of dates and water, while those distributed outside consist of wrapped meals, water, juices and dates.
Fifty-seven bodies and charities take part in the daily iftar at the mosque. The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has issued more than 1,195 permits for the distribution of quality iftar meals.
Mohammed Al-Yafei, a Yemeni performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah, expressed his delight at visiting the Grand Mosque during Ramadan.
“I’m amazed by the expansion of the mosque and the great efforts made, for which we’re thankful,” he said.
Mohammed Khan from Pakistan said the services offered around the mosque have delighted every visitor.
Mohammed Kamel from Egypt said the Ramadan atmosphere in Makkah gave him an indescribable feeling.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
0

13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh