Farmers in Madinah begin harvest of dates 

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A group of men look for the best dates bargain at a market in the holy city of Madinah. (SPA photo)
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Updated 10 June 2018
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Farmers in Madinah begin harvest of dates 

  • Dates stocks currently being sold in Madinah come the governorate of Badr, and other nearby villages.
  • Prices are expected to gradually decrease in end of June due as the dates harvest season intensifies.

JEDDAH: Madinah farmers are harvesting this year’s dates crop , which are being put on display at the central dates market on a daily basis. 

The crops arrive from the governorate of Badr, and other nearby villages.

The Saudi Press Agency published a series of pictures showing the selling of different types of dates at the market, in different quantities, as prices are expected to increase. 

Prices hit the peak during July and August, and begin lessening gradually towards the end of Summer season, which marks the culmination of harvest. 

Dates seller, Suood al-Ahmadi, was quoted by SPA saying the price increase is essential nowadays due to the lack of large quantities available at the market to meet the high demand on the fruit. 

He explained that the prices make up between 30 to 55 Saudi riyals, for a box with a capacity of three kilograms.

Prices will gradually decrease in end of June due to an increase in harvest, he added.  

Meanwhile, Mohammad al-Harbi describe the process of harvesting dates saying a palm requires around five months between the time it is fertilized until it bears fruit.  


KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
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KSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

  • The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields

JEDDAH: The Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mauritania’s Islamic Affairs Ministry to increase cooperation in different fields and to promote the concepts of moderation in Islam.
The MoU was signed between Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Asheikh and his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Ould Ahl Dawood at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs headquarters in Riyadh.
The MoU included nine main articles. It envisages cooperation in introducing Islam and its position on contemporary issues, serving the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah, and cooperation in mosque affairs, their construction and maintenance.
In addition to that, the two sides will work under this MoU to adopt and propose programs to explain and promote concepts of moderation in Islam and assist the progress and advancement of Muslim nation in various fields.
The two sides will also share information, coordinate their efforts during international events, and cooperate in preparing studies and conducting research related to protecting, reviving and spreading Islamic heritage.
The MoU also stated that the two sides shall encourage the exchange of visits at various levels, participate in Islamic seminars and conferences held in both countries, and form a joint committee for the implementation of the MoU’s content.
The MoU concluded that the Hijri date is to be used in all correspondence between the two sides. The MoU shall enter into force on the date of its signature between the two sides and it shall be implemented within five years and will be automatically renewed for the similar duration unless one side informs the other that they wish to amend or terminate it.
Al-Asheikh said: “This memorandum of understanding comes under the guidance of King Salman and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in the framework of the distinguished historical relations between the two countries, especially in serving Islam and Muslims.”
He referred to what has been achieved through Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Mauritania, which was the first visit of a senior Saudi official to Mauritania in four decades to strengthen relations between the two countries to unprecedented levels.
Al-Asheikh pointed out that the MoU will promote joint cooperation in various fields.
The Mauritanian minister hailed the strong bonds and historical relations between the two countries and their cooperation in many fields.
He also praised the articles of the MoU, which he described as important and historical.