Iraqi Hajj chief, other Muslim dignitaries, shown how Kaaba cover is made

Updated 20 August 2019

Iraqi Hajj chief, other Muslim dignitaries, shown how Kaaba cover is made

MAKKAH: Sheikh Khalid Al-Atiyyah, chairman of Iraq’s High Commission for Hajj and Umrah, praised the Kingdom for its efforts in serving Muslims and the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah.

During a visit to the King Abdul Aziz Holy Kaaba Kiswa Complex in Makkah on Tuesday, he was briefed about the different stages of Kiswa’s production. The Iraqi official and the accompanying delegation also watched a documentary on Kiswa and its production.

 On Monday, the mufti of the Republic of Kosovo, Sheikh Naim Ternava, also visited the facility. He was received by the director of public relations unit at the complex, Raed bin Salah Al-Lehayani, who briefed him about the overall functions of the complex.

A large number of pilgrims are visiting the complex, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The acting undersecretary of General President for Grand Holy Mosque Affairs, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Mansouri, said the step has been taken to highlight the history and production stages of Kaaba’s Kiswa. 


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 16 July 2020

Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.