Makkah governor hands over Kiswa to Al-Shaibi

Updated 24 August 2017

Makkah governor hands over Kiswa to Al-Shaibi

JEDDAH: On behalf of the King Salman, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal handed over the new Kaaba Kiswa (black cloth) to the senior caretaker of Kaaba Saleh bin Zain Al-Abidin Al-Shaibi.
The Kiswa consists of 5 pieces; four of them cover the four sides of Kaaba, while the fifth one is hung as a curtain above the door of Kaaba.
Preparing the Kiswa takes several months and needs large amounts of precious metals and pure silk. Around 170 craftsmen are involved in the process which passes through various stages until the Kiswa is ready. The Kiswa is usually placed on the Kaaba on the day of Arafat.
Also present at the ceremony were the president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, his deputy Dr. Mohammed Al-Khuzaim, and the director general of the kiswa factory, Mohammed Bajodah.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.