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’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO is named in Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world for a second time.

Rania Nashar, Samba Financial Group CEO, was ranked 97th in the list that also included 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The list also included the United Arab Emirates’ Raja Easa Al-Gurg ranked at 84. The Emirati, who is a Board Member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was also featured in the list in 2017.

The top 10 in the list included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, who was newly appointed president of the European Central Bank.