Saudi housing minister hands over ‘48-hour’ house to new owner

Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail has urged developers to ensure the project is completed on time. (SPA)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Saudi housing minister hands over ‘48-hour’ house to new owner

  • The Al-Wajiha project will comprise 574 villas, constructed using non-traditional techniques

Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al- a Hogaila handed over the Kingdom’s first ‘48-hour’ house in Dammam to its new owner, Sultan Al-Qurashi, on Thursday. The house is the first in the SAKANI Program, part of the Al-Hakimiah Company’s Al-Wajiha project, which falls under the Kingdom’s Building Technology Stimulus Program. The Al-Wajiha project will comprise 574 villas, constructed using non-traditional techniques. 

Each housing unit will reportedly take just two days to build. 

The Building Technology Stimulus Program is part of Saudi Vision 2030, and its aim is to speed up construction and provide citizens of the Kingdom with high-quality, competitively priced housing, and to stimulate localization of the Kingdom’s construction industry. 

Al-Hogail praised the developers for their landmark achievement, urged them to keep working to ensure the project is completed on time, and promised to continue finding ways to provide the best services for Saudi citizens.


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.