FaceOf: Fahad Al-Jubeir, mayor of the Eastern Province

Fahad Al-Jubeir
Updated 31 January 2019

FaceOf: Fahad Al-Jubeir, mayor of the Eastern Province

Fahad Al-Jubeir has been mayor of the Eastern Province since March 2013.

The central Awamiyah project in Qatif was opened by the province governor, Prince Saud bin Naif, on Wednesday.

Al-Jubeir said he was delighted at the progress made in central Awamiyah, calling it one of the most ambitious transformations in the Kingdom.

“The inauguration of the central Awamiyah project is a vital step in the comprehensive development of Qatif and its cities, so that it remains a cultural hub,” he said.

“It was an architectural masterpiece, with its high towers, spacious courtyards, traditional souqs and cultural center and would become a source of pride in Qatif.”

Al-Jubeir has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from King Saud University (KSU) and a diploma in advanced project management from the University of Arizona.

He was in a project management position with Riyadh municipality until 1987 and led the Unaizah Municipality from 1993 to 1999.

Al-Jubeir was at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs between 1999 and 2004, and mayor of Al-Ahsa from 2004 until 2013.

He has been the head of the Al-Ahsa Municipality Council, a member of the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Saudi Engineers Council, the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Al-Ahsa, the education council in the Eastern Province and the supervisory committee at KSU’s engineering faculty.

He is chairman of the Gulf Road and Transport Engineering Society and a board member of the General Entertainment Authority.

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

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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.