ThePlace: Masjid Al-Rahma, Jeddah’s floating mosque

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Updated 12 January 2019
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ThePlace: Masjid Al-Rahma, Jeddah’s floating mosque

  • Worshippers and tourists prefer to visit the mosque at dawn or sunset to enjoy the view of the Red Sea

Al-Rahma Mosque was built in 1985 on the edge of Jeddah’s Corniche in Saudi Arabia.
It is also called Fatima Al-Zahra Mosque, and is one of the most visited mosques in Jeddah, especially by Muslims from East Asia.
Covering an area of 2,400 square meters, it receives Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from around the world.
The mosque is a combination of modern and old architecture and Islamic art. It is built with state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and sound and lighting systems.
It consists of 52 outer domes in addition to the main dome — the largest — with eight supporting pillars. There are 23 external umbrellas, beaded on the outside and inside with verses of the Qur’an.
There are 56 windows designed in Islamic style, a high-hanging wooden prayer area for women, washrooms, and comfortable worship rooms.
Worshippers and tourists prefer to visit the mosque at dawn or sunset to enjoy the view of the Red Sea.
It is also known as the Floating Mosque because it is surrounded by the sea ­— during high tide it appears as if it is floating.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”