French consul general visits factory in Makkah where Kaaba cover is made

Updated 11 October 2019

French consul general visits factory in Makkah where Kaaba cover is made

  • Kiswa cloth is made of more than 670 kilograms of raw silk, dyed black inside the complex, 120 kilograms of gold threads and 100 kilograms of silver threads
  • About 200 craftsmen and administrators, all trained and qualified Saudi nationals, are engaged in producing the majestic black cover

MAKKAH: The consul general of France, Mostafa Mihraje, visited the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa in Makkah on Wednesday, and was received by the director of the complex, Hisham Alaa Al-Din.

During the visit, Mihraje was briefed on stages of manufacturing the Holy Kaaba Kiswa and the capabilities of the modern equipment in the complex.

The making of the Kaaba Kiswa receives great care and attention from the wise leadership, with the follow-up from the president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, to provide the best services to the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors.

The Kiswa consists of five pieces of cloth — four of them cover the sides of the Kaaba and the fifth is the burqa, the door curtain. All the pieces are sewn together.

The Kiswa is embellished with inscriptions woven in black fabric threads, bearing specific verses from the Holy Qur’an.

It is made of more than 670 kilograms of raw silk, dyed black inside the complex, 120 kilograms of gold threads and 100 kilograms of silver threads.

The cost of the Kiswa is approximately SR22 million ($5.9 million).

About 200 craftsmen and administrators, all trained and qualified Saudi nationals, are engaged in producing the majestic black cover. The complex includes a vast 16-meter long weaving machine.

At the end of the visit, the consul general expressed his admiration for the care he had seen bestowed on the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa and the great developments in the service of the Two Holy Mosques, enabling pilgrims and visitors to perform their rituals in comfort

 

 

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What is the Kiswa?

It is the black curtain that is draped around the Holy Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of Makkah. The fabric is made of high-quality silk, with verses of the Qur’an woven into it in the form of gold and silver thread running across the Kaaba’s belt. Once a year during Hajj, the kiswa is replaced with a new one.


Makkah governor launches online Arabic poetry encyclopedia

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Makkah governor launches online Arabic poetry encyclopedia

  • The Umm Al-Qura University carried out the project
  • It contains information about 3,400 poets

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal launched the “first online Arabic poetry encyclopedia” at the principality’s head office in Makkah on Tuesday.

The Umm Al-Qura University carried out the project. The Makkah governor was briefed about the project, which involved 67 researchers of the Arabic Language Research Center.

It contains information about 3,400 poets dating back to the pre-Islamic era. The encyclopedia aims to create a reference for literary Arabic language and facilitate scientific research with a powerful search engine designed by the university’s Engineering Research Center. It will help researchers interested in acoustic, lexical, linguistic and artistic studies in Arabic poetry.

Umm Al-Qura University President Abdullah Bafail and other university officials attended the ceremony.