Ceremony to replace covering of Kaaba to take place during dawn prayer of 9th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah

The ceremony to replace the covering (Kiswa) of the holy Kaaba will take place during dawn prayer of the ninth day of the twelfth month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Ceremony to replace covering of Kaaba to take place during dawn prayer of 9th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah

JEDDAH: The ceremony to replace the covering (Kiswa) of the holy Kaaba will take place during dawn prayer of the ninth day of the twelfth month of Dhu Al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar (corresponding to Aug. 20,
The ceremony of replacing the Kiswa will be supervised by 160 technicians and manufacturers, based on the tradition of the General Presidency of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque every year on this day.
The Kiswa of the old Kaaba will be replaced with a new cover, under the supervision and follow-up of the President of the General Presidency for the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.
Dr. Al-Sudais said in a speech on this occasion that serving the holy sites and the pilgrims was one of their primary concerns.


Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

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Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

  • Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an 'Iranian attack'
  • Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. 

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday described strikes on key Saudi oil installations as an “act of war” as he landed in Jeddah to meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an “Iranian attack”.

He said it had not come from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militants and that there was no evidence the attacks had been launched from Iraq.

"This is an attack of a scale we've just not seen before," he added.

Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.

Pompeo's visit comes as President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after Saudi Arabia's display of remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in the I that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.

"There are many options. There's the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that. And we'll see," Trump told reporters in Los Angeles. "I'm saying the ultimate option meaning go in — war."

Trump, who earlier said on Twitter that he had ordered the US Treasury to "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran, told reporters the unspecified, punitive economic measures would be unveiled within 48 hours.

Trump's tweet followed repeated US assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturday's attack on Aramco facilities and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a "test of global will."

Earlier on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump about the Aramco attack, and agreed that Iran must not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Also on Wednesday, Kuwait's army released a statement announcing it was raising its preparedness level for some units, given the tensions in the Middle East region.