Modon plans industrial city for women in Jeddah

Updated 24 March 2015
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Modon plans industrial city for women in Jeddah

The Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) announced plans to establish an all-women industrial city in Usfan near Jeddah.
The city will be operated and managed by trained female cadre.
Local media reported that the first phase, which involved building of roads, sewage, rainwater disposal and power networks, is already complete. The project is located only 25 km from King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Modon announced earlier that the project aims to create job opportunities for women in all economic fields.
A source said the city will be designed to facilitate the employment of women. It will have all supporting services and facilities creating a suitable environment for the women work force.
The project provides sizable incentives to investors, such as long-term leasing rates for industrial land. The authority’s website facilitates applications, and expedites the procedure of acquiring space. Investors can also get customs exemptions for tools, machinery and raw materials used by the industry.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.