Madinah’s date market bustling with pilgrims

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Pilgrims and visitors are seen at the Central Date Market near the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (AN photo)
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Updated 17 February 2017

Madinah’s date market bustling with pilgrims

MADINAH: Pilgrims and visitors are flocking to the Central Date Market near the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to buy different kinds of dates, a traditional present upon returning to their countries.
An Arab News reporter saw waves of pilgrims of different nationalities at the bustling market.
The high-quality Ajwah date ranged from SR35 ($9) to SR50 per kilogram. The high-quality Anbarah cost SR40-55 per kilogram. Al-Safwi was sold at SR15-25 per kilogram. Al-Siqi cost SR15-20 per kilogram.
Date-shop owners at the market told Arab News that pilgrims who most like to buy dates are Turks, followed by Indonesians, Malaysians, Pakistanis and Gulf nationals.
Hammoud Alitha Al-Harbi, head of the Cooperative Agricultural Association in Madinah, told Arab News that Madinah is one of the Kingdom’s greatest producers of dates.
With the city attracting up to 10 million pilgrims and visitors throughout the year, it has became the main seller of Saudi dates.
There are almost 18,000 date palm farms in the country, with more than 3.5 million palm trees producing around 360 types. Of these, 20 kinds make up 70 percent of Madinah’s annual production, which reaches up to 300,000 tons, representing 32 percent of Saudi dates and generating around SR9 million in revenue annually.
Madinah produces the famous Ruthana and Rabeia varieties, as well as Ajwa, Barni, Majdoul, Anbara and Safawa, which are the most in-demand among residents and visitors.
Statistics show that each pilgrim buys an average of 5-10 kilograms of dates.

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.