Giant painting to mark Saudi-Japan ties

Updated 11 March 2015
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Giant painting to mark Saudi-Japan ties

As many as 500 Saudi students and their counterparts from Japan have embarked on a tour of Saudi tourist spots to draw giant logos of both countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the Saudi-Japanese relations.
Their artistic creation will be on a white fabric with a diameter of 100 square meters.
According to Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), this is a sequel to the first phase that took place in December 2013 with the participation of 400 students from Al-Ula schools during which Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, took part at Madaen Saleh.
A Japanese team, “earth identity” association, arrived here on Sunday for a 12-day stay during which they will visit five Saudi cities in coordination with SCTA, Saudi Embassy in Japan and the Ministry of Education.
According to SCTA, the team’s mission is to implement the second phase of the project to draw a larger panel of the world’s children’s drawings, including Saudi Arabia’s logo (two swords and Palm) and Japan’s logo (red disk of the sun) on a single panel.
From the Saudi side, 500 Saudi students will take part in this painting the cities of Tabuk, Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Baha and Abha.
The association will collect the painting that has been drawn in the five cities to be placed at the historic landmarks in Riyadh in the last round.
It will be presented with another Japanese children’s drawings at the largest sports stadium in Japan during the summer of 2015 to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.