Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

The festival reflects the leadership’s care for the history of the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 08 January 2019

Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

  • The pavilion features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty
  • Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have featured models of its rocket-propelled grenades at the Ministry of Defense pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival this year.
The pavilion also features debris from the first ballistic missile destroyed during the 2015 Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. Weapons used by the airforce are on display outside the pavilion.

KSRelief pavilion
KSRelief had a spot at this year’s festival as well.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), paid a visit to the pavilion, which includes a section for relief programs, aid recipient countries and programs for arranging food baskets, as well as visual presentations of volunteer and donation work.
Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world.

Hadaf pavilion
Job opportunities and social programs were on display at the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) pavilion.
Officials from Hadaf offered career guidance for disabled people seeking work opportunities under an employment program for people with disabilities called Tawafuq.
Tawafuq will improve and develop legislation and policies and help enhance vocational training, as well as offer use data tracking to promote and support employment initiatives for the disabled.
Tawafuq has launched a range of projects to help people with special needs searching for jobs. It has also published manuals offering employers advice on creating suitable work environments.

Hajj Ministry pavilion
Arab and foreign delegations from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland and Ukraine have commended the Hajj Ministry pavilion, which showcases the state-of-the-art technology used to make the Hajj pilgrimage safe and simple for pilgrims coming in from around the world.
Delegates were shown how pilgrims’ biometric data is transferred for a smooth and hassle-free Hajj.

Maaden pavilion
The pavilion for Saudi mining company Maaden (Arabic for mineral resources) also enjoyed a large turnout.
The expo contained information on the discovery, production and exportation of the Kingdom’s rich array of mineral resources.
Maaden operates in remote areas throughout the Kingdom and contributes greatly to the third most significant sector in the country after the oil and petrochemicals industries.
The pavilion also features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty.
Company representatives are at the pavilion giving insight to visitors about the sector’s industrialization process.

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.