Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah ready for half-a-million worshippers

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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2019

Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah ready for half-a-million worshippers

  • The mosque has more than 16,000 carpets, more than 300 tons of Zamzam water daily for more than 16,000 bottles and 40 reservoirs of cold water with clean, single-use cups

MADINAH: The Prophet’s Mosque is ready to receive nearly half-a-million worshippers for the night when the reading of the Qur’an will be finished, the Saudi Press Agency reported a government official as saying.
Reading and completing the Qur’an during the fasting month of Ramadan is considered especially holy as, in Islam, the prayer made once the Qur’an is finished is accepted by Allah.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are expected at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for the important occasion.
The head of public relations at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Jamaan Al-Asiri, said the authority had finalized all preparations for the night.  
More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings.
The mosque has more than 16,000 carpets, more than 300 tons of Zamzam water daily for more than 16,000 bottles and 40 reservoirs of cold water with clean, single-use cups. There are 60 drinking sites with more than 385 fountains around the mosque, he added.

FASTFACT

• Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom to sight the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Monday evening, Ramadan 29, corresponding to June 3.

• The Supreme Court has urged any person who sees the Shawwal crescent with the naked eye or through telescopes to report it to the nearest court and record his statement.

Mosque employees will be guiding visitors inside the courtyards of the mosque and implementing crowd control measures.
Al-Asiri said the presidency has set up external lighting, domes, umbrellas, and water-spraying fans. It has also put in place escalators and special transport measures to help the elderly and people with disabilities. There will be an increased number of gatekeepers on the ground floor and upper areas of the mosque. The presidency is working with the Red Crescent in case visitors need hospital attention, he said.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

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Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”