Saudi Crown Prince visits Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, enters Kaaba

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Joined by government ministers he looked at the building work. (SPA)
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The Crown Prince was shown the expansion works in the Grand Mosque. (SPA)
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Like all Muslims, he also touched the Kaaba. (SPA)
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He went to the Kaaba in the center of the Grand Mosque. (SPA)
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Which he then kissed. (SPA)
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Meanwhile, as the Crown Prince and ministers visited, Muslims continued to worship. (SPA)
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He prayed alongside other Muslims. (SPA)
Updated 12 February 2019
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Saudi Crown Prince visits Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, enters Kaaba

  • The Saudi Crown Prince was briefed on the expansion works at the mosque
  • During his time visiting he also took the opportunity to pray

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been photographed during a visit to the Grand Mosque in Makkah where he was briefed on the current expansion project aimed at expanding the area for Muslims to pray.

(SPA)

During his visit he took a moment to pray. He also entered the Kaaba and kissed the Black Stone, while worshippers watched.

(SPA)

The Crown Prince had met with government ministers prior to his visit to the holy site, and he was briefed on the ongoing works.

(SPA)
He also went into the Kaaba and onto the roof of the historic structure looking down on the white circumambulation area, where Muslims walk around as part of Umrah.

 


FaceOf: Ibrahim Neyaz, executive director at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement

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FaceOf: Ibrahim Neyaz, executive director at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement

Ibrahim Neyaz is executive director of performance measurement at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement (Adaa). 

The center recently launched a smartphone application that will help measure people’s satisfaction levels with government services. The app, Watani, allows users to provide performance feedback directly to government organizations. 

“The Watani application aims to improve the performance of all government entities and services nationally,” said Neyaz.

Neyaz gained a bachelor’s degree in information systems at King Saud University in 2004.

After completing his bachelor’s he worked for a year as an Oracle application developer at Eamar Al Byader Co. He then worked for two years as development counselor at the Saudi Electricity Co. 

In 2013, he completed a master’s of science at Central Michigan University in the US and, in 2017, entered the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program. 

After graduating he joined the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, where he worked for almost eight years. 

He was director of the business process management and strategic information department when he left the company in 2015.

In 2016, Neyaz joined Adaa, where he leads a team responsible for ensuring the government is working toward its goals and is responsible for the performance evaluation of government entities.