Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

Updated 20 February 2013

Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs yesterday signed an agreement with Umm Al-Qura University for conducting research on crowd management and translating the presidency’s Arabic documents into other languages.
The signing ceremony took place at the university’s headquarters in Abidiya. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, and Umm Al-Qura President Dr. Bakri Assas, signed the deal.
Addressing the ceremony, Al-Sudais commended the Saudi government’s efforts in the service of pilgrims and development of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah in order to expand facilities for worshippers.
“The presidency receives all-out support from the government to carry out its mission in the best manner,” Al-Sudais said while highlighting endeavors to develop the organization.
He said the agreement with Umm Al-Qura was in line with the presidency’s partnership with various civilian and government institutions in order to improve its services.
Under the agreement, Umm Al-Qura will conduct research on crowd management at the two holy mosques and will translate all the documents of the presidency, including Friday sermons and other religious statements, into other languages.
Umm Al-Qura’s teachers will give lectures at the two holy mosques on various Islamic topics. The university will be able to make use of the expertise of the scholar under the presidency.
Students of Makkah Haram institute and college will be able to pursue their higher studies at the university.
The Haram Library will also receive Umm Al-Qura’s support. Assas underscored the importance of the five-year agreement, saying it would facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of two sides. He said the university would conduct research and provide consultancy services for the benefit of the two holy mosques and their visitors.

TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

Updated 47 min 25 sec ago

TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

I am a Saudi-Argentine fashion designer who was born in San Francisco, California.

Growing up, I studied in the US, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, before returning to California to obtain my undergraduate degree in psychology.

I feel very fortunate to come from such a diverse heritage.

I began traveling at an early age, which is probably why I love exploring, learning and being constantly on the move.

Through my travels, I learned that each country is culturally unique. Its people, their traditions, food and the arts constantly impact my growth and development.

Who am I?

I am a product of all the international experiences and exposure I have gained through the years.

With every country I visited, I realized what a powerful and humbling experience each was, and how they helped mold and develop me as a person.

The more I traveled, the more I wanted to give back. It was no longer enough for me to simply explore different cultures.

I wanted to understand them and contribute what I could back to society as a favor returned.

It was with this in mind that my fashion line Badawiah was born.  



Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)