Mataf area likely to be shaded

Updated 07 February 2016
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Mataf area likely to be shaded

MADINAH/JEDDAH: Pilgrims and visitors performing tawaf (circumambulation) of the Holy Kaaba or praying around it may look forward to relief from the blazing sun, as a proposal to shade the Mataf area is being studied.
According to local media, the matter came up for discussion when Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, met representatives of the Ministry of Finance, in the presence of the Grand Mosque projects committee, in his office.
Flower-like shade umbrellas at the Prophet’s Mosque are a big attraction besides their usefulness for pilgrims and visitors in the form of protection from direct sunlight, especially in summer.
The projects that were discussed at the meeting included the library of the Holy Mosque, separate gateway for elevators, electromechanical systems for the Masaa expansion and re-waterproofing of the surface of the King Fahd expansion and surface of the Masaa, which was damaged during the expansion work of the Mataf.
Also discussed during the meeting were issues like documents of Autocad, photos, videos of before, during and after the work, before starting the third expansion.
Electricity supply in the mezzanine of the Masaa, preparation of the headquarters of the project of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for simultaneous translation of speeches and sermons, and security cameras at the entrances, were also discussed.


Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

Updated 19 September 2019

Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

  • The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian”
  • Saudi Arabia said it will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that Saturday’s strikes on two Aramco facilities were an “organized terrorist attack” in a letter to the UN Security Council.
The Saudi Mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and another to the President of the Security Council Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya and members of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian.”
They also explained that Saudi Arabia will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law, and called on the UN and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attack.