Saudi Crown Prince mountain visit pictures go viral, generate headlines

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The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
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The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
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The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz. (Courtesy: Bandar Jaloud)
Updated 28 December 2018

Saudi Crown Prince mountain visit pictures go viral, generate headlines

  • The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz
  • The crown prince and several senior ministers and officials were enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak

JEDDAH: A series of photos showing Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman during a trip to one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous mountains have gone viral.

The images, shared by Royal photographer Bandar Al-Jaloud, were taken last summer at Jabal Al-Lawz (Almond Mountain) near the Kingdom’s border with Jordan.

The pictures show the crown prince and several senior ministers and officials enjoying the views from the 2,549 meter peak. In some of the images, the group are dressed in casual clothing, including shorts and baseball caps as they toured the mountain — a break from traditional government attire.

The ministers appearing next to the crown prince were Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan; Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif; Minister of National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar; Minister of State Turki bin Mohammad bin Fahed; Minister of Trade and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chief executive of the Saudi Public Investment Fund.


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.