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.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh