Historic Jeddah Season celebrations wind up this week

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Memories of old Balad. (AN Photo/Essam Al-Ghalib)
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A photo of old Balad. (AN Photo/Essam Al-Ghalib)
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A photo of old Balad. (AN Photo/Essam Al-Ghalib)
Updated 16 July 2019

Historic Jeddah Season celebrations wind up this week

  • The fun continues until July 18 and there is still plenty to enjoy

JEDDAH: The first edition of Historic Jeddah Season will conclude this week and organizers are urging residents and visitors to make the most of the fun-filled activities while they can.

Al-Balad district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has served as a gateway to the Kingdom during the festival, which showcased and celebrated the unique culture and heritage of the city. 

Art, technology, musicals, theater performances and many other never-seen-before attractions have taken visitors on a unique journey through the rich history of Jeddah.

Historic Jeddah Season, which has already established itself as one of the highlights of Jeddah’s social calendar, enthralled visitors and locals alike with impressive installations, daring acts of strength, performances by internationally renowned artists and appearances by world-famous chefs.

The fun continues until July 18 and there is still plenty to enjoy. The event offers “a surprise in every corner” and something for everyone, including a wide variety of food options, exciting family entertainment, live performances, amusing stunts and interesting workshops designed to educate, entertain and engage.

For more details about the remainder of the festival, visit www.livehjseason.com.


Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.