Hail’s deputy governor visits House of Hail at Janadriyah Festival

Hail’s Deputy Gov. Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Muqrin visits the Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 04 January 2019

Hail’s deputy governor visits House of Hail at Janadriyah Festival

  • Among the pavilions Prince Faisal inspected were those of the University of Hail

JEDDAH: Hail’s Deputy Gov. Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Muqrin on Friday visited the House of Hail at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival and inspected its pavilions that capture the region’s history and heritage.

Prince Faisal was received by Dr. Youssef Al-Thuwaini, director general of education in Hail; Abdullah Al-Odaim, vice chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers and chairman of the Hail Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Youssef Al-Shagdali, general supervisor of the House of Hail; and Al-Shagdali’s assistant Nayef Al-Shalhoub. 

Among the pavilions Prince Faisal inspected were those of the University of Hail, the region’s secretariat, and families who offer traditional food to visitors of the House of Hail.

He also visited the fine arts pavilion, an exhibition on important works by artists, craftsmen and jewelers from Hail, and pavilions that simulate the region’s historical houses, including Al-Liwan, Dar Al-Shayeb, Dar Al-Muskhan, Dar Al-Arous and Al-Mawqid.

He saw a detailed presentation about the heritage of Jubbah and Al-Shuwaimis, where there are historical monuments dating back to the Neolithic period, the Middle Ages, the Thamudian era and the Islamic era. 

All those monuments are registered with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Prince Faisal thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the success of the 33rd Janadriyah Festival, saying it reflects the leadership’s keenness to introduce visitors to Saudi heritage and culture. 

Prince Faisal also thanked Hail Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saad bin Abdul Aziz for his care for the region’s heritage and the House of Hail pavilions.


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.