Sri Lankan envoy finds Madinah ‘fascinating’

Updated 09 December 2014
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Sri Lankan envoy finds Madinah ‘fascinating’

* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?
Saying mashaallah.
* Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?
Tayyib.
* Which book is now on your bedside?
A copy of the Holy Qur’an.
* What is your favorite holiday destination?
Sri Lanka.
* What is your dream country where you would like to be posted after leaving Saudi Arabia?
Any Gulf country.
* Which country’s people have you found most friendly?
Arabs.
* How do you react to or deal with anger?
I sit and ponder.
* What is your source of strength during tough times?
Prayers.
* What was your first impression about the Kingdom?
It is a holy country.
* Which Saudi city fascinated you most?
Madinah.
* Your favorite Saudi dish.
Mandi.
* The thing about Kingdom that you will always remember.
My countrymen.
* If you were given only one option between Facebook and Twitter, what would you prefer?
Facebook.
* If you had not become a diplomat, what would have been your profession?
Social worker.
* Is hiding the truth acceptable in diplomacy?
No.
* How do you keep yourself fit?
Daily physical exercise.
* Your favorite restaurant?
Al-Haneez-Salamah in Jeddah.
* What is your favorite weekend activity?
Communicating with the family members.


More than 2.3 million pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

Updated 20 August 2018
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More than 2.3 million pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj

DUBAI: More than 2.3 million pilgrims have arrived in Makkah to perform the Hajj rituals, state news agency SPA reported.

The General Organization for Statistics revealed that 2,368,873 people had arrived in Saudi Arabia’s, air, land and sea ports up until Monday.