Makkah governor hands over new Kaaba cover to senior caretaker

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal hands over the new Kaaba Kiswa to the senior caretaker of the Kaaba, Saleh bin Zain Al-Abidin Al-Shaibi. SPA
Updated 13 August 2018
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Makkah governor hands over new Kaaba cover to senior caretaker

The Kiswa consists of five pieces; four of them cover the four sides of Kaaba, while the fifth one is hung as a curtain above the door of Kaaba.

Preparing the Kiswa takes several months and needs large amounts of precious metals and pure silk. Around 170 craftsmen are involved in the process, which passes through various stages until the Kiswa is ready. The Kiswa is usually placed on the Kaaba on the day of Arafat.

On Sunday, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal handed over the new Kiswa to the to the senior caretaker of the Kaaba, Saleh bin Zain Al-Abidin Al-Shaibi.

Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz and Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, were also present on the occasion.


King Salman to patronize opening ceremony of 33rd Janadriyah festival

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King Salman to patronize opening ceremony of 33rd Janadriyah festival

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the opening ceremony of the 33rd national heritage and culture festival Janadriyah on Monday Dec. 31, 2018, at which Indonesia will be the guest of honor, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf, who is also chairman of the festival’s Supreme Committee expressed gratitude to King Salman for his generous annual patronage of the festival.
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz pointed out that this year’s festival includes many activities, including lectures, seminars, and various cultural events that visitors to Janadriyah can enjoy.
The festival will also highlight the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage and developments that have been made in different fields.