Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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The Kiswa is raised every year during Hajj season. (Reasah Al-Harmain)
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Up to 50 specialists and technicians helped raise the Kiswa this year. (Reasah Al-Harmain)
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The Kiswa was raised 3 meters, and will be fully draped again after Hajj. (Reasah Al-Harmain)
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The procedure is done in order to protect the Kiswa from the tearing. (Reasah Al-Harmain)
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A white cloth is draped around the Kaaba instead of the Kiswa during Hajj. (Reasah Al-Harmain)
Updated 20 July 2019

Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.


Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.

What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white cloth during the Hajj, added Al-Mansouri, who is also the director general of the King Abdul Aziz Complex for the Holy Kaaba Kiswah.

The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.

Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.

The Kaaba cover was manufactured at the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa, which has more than 200 employees, and the largest sewing machine in the world at 16 meters long.

The Kiswa’s fabric is produced in the form of large pieces, each 10 centimeters wide and 14 meters long. Each side of the Kaaba is constructed individually according to the width of each side.

The pieces are connected while maintaining the design, and then lined with cotton cloth (the same width and length), and sewn together.

Due to the weight of the curtain of the Kaaba’s door, it is directly attached to the wall of the Kaaba.
 


Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

Updated 16 December 2019

Saudi center for disease prevention signs agreement with Swedish agency

  • The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern

RIYADH: The National Center for Disease Prevention and Control has signed a cooperation agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The agreement will strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries in public health within the framework of cooperation prepared in 2019.

On behalf of the center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Gwizani, executive director-general, signed the agreement with his Swedish counterpart, Dr. Johan Carlsson.

The two parties agreed to promote and develop public health initiatives of common concern, as well as outlining the fields of work covered.

These fields included the workforce, organizational development, institutional strategy, business planning, specialized microbiology laboratories, health economics, non-communicable disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, the monitoring of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health improvement.

Dr. Al-Gwizani said that the agreement would last for five years. It would then be reviewed and renewed after the agreement of both parties.

“These agreements reinforce the center’s role in creating new health practices and developing the performance of the public health sector,” he said. “Benefiting from well-established organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden confirms our eagerness to convey the best practices to the public health sector locally, as well as exchanging experiences.”