Saudi delegation tours $95 million Maldives mosque

Al-Samel also held a meeting at which plans for the next phase of the project were outlined. (SPA)
Updated 03 March 2019
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Saudi delegation tours $95 million Maldives mosque

  • Al-Samel also held a meeting at which plans for the next phase of the project were outlined

RIYADH: The minister of Islamic affairs in the Maldives, Ahmed Zahir Ali, and undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance for Islamic affairs, Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Samel, visited the construction site of King Salman Mosque — destined to be the biggest mosque in the Maldives — on Saturday.
The mosque is located in the capital Male and, along with the outdoor squares, will accommodate more than 10,000 worshippers.
Al-Samel is visiting the Maldives as it prepares to sign a memorandum of understanding in Islamic affairs with the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.
The minister’s delegation toured the mosque project, which is viewed as a symbol of the strong relationship between the two countries.
Al-Samel also held a meeting at which plans for the next phase of the project were outlined.
When complete, the six-story mosque will cost around SR356 million ($95.2 million), which will be undertaken by Saudi Arabia.
The site will include multi-purpose halls, an international library, a teaching center and conference hall.
 


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.