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

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Updated 12 January 2019

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.


Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

The signing took place during a visit to the institute’s headquarters in Beijing by the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid. (SPA)
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Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

  • The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies

BEIJING: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the Economics and Technology Research Institute of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec). The cooperation will be in the fields of research, publishing, translation and scientific exchanges.
The signing took place during a visit to the institute’s headquarters in Beijing by the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid.
He was welcomed by the institute’s President Dr. Dai Bao Hua and Vice President Dr. Wang Jun.
Bin Junaid said scientific centers and bodies in Saudi Arabia are interested in cooperating with counterparts in China and exchanging knowledge.
On Friday, three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House.
The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.