‘Makkah a paradise on earth’

Updated 01 October 2015
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‘Makkah a paradise on earth’

DAMMAM: At this time of strife and conflicts in some Arab and Islamic countries, pilgrims travel to perform Haj in the Kingdom where a sense of safety and tranquility makes up for what they may not be familiar with in their own countries.
In this regard, some pilgrims of different nationalities spoke about their experiences and the sense of security and faith they felt in the land of the holy places.
Rahmatullah Mohammed Haj, a Rohingya from Myammar, described Makkah as a paradise on earth. He said that the mental images of murder and blood and the memory of the sounds of guns and bullets disappeared completely once he stood before the Kaaba.
Fatimah Ahmad, an Egyptian pilgrim, said that Makkah and Madinah were places of spiritual treatment for the psychological and social pains suffered by some pilgrims. She hopes that the two holy cities will continue to provide a real sense of security.
Mohammed Bakri, a Syrian pilgrim, said: “In the midst of bloody conflicts which have been accompanied by a decline in security, the continuing disruption of peace and stability and unemployment and poverty in our country, the scene in Makkah is completely different. It provides security and stability for all pilgrims.”
Along the same lines, Abu Salman, an Iraqi pilgrim, said: “Once we put our feet on the soil of the Kingdom, we feel the safety and security that we lack in Iraq.” He praised the Saudi leadership for providing such security and safety for its visitors.
Another Iraqi pilgrim said that Makkah provided a sense of safety, stability and peace of mind, after a journey fraught with danger and difficulties. The pilgrim prayed for the end of conflict in Iraq so that its citizens could feel safe in their own country.
Tayyib Muhammad Ali of Kirkuk said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman deserved praise for all services provided to pilgrims which enable them to perform the rituals.
Abu Mazen from Baghdad said: “This is an opportunity for us to escape from the explosions of bombs and cars and the sound of aircraft which has turned our lives into a kind of hell.”


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”