Visitors to Kiswah complex in Saudi Arabia limited to 25

The curtain is fabricated at the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa in Makkah. (AN photo by Essam Al-Ghalib)
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Updated 02 October 2020

Visitors to Kiswah complex in Saudi Arabia limited to 25

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, represented by the Agency for the Affairs of the Kaaba’s Kiswah, Exhibitions and Museums, has limited the number of visitors to its facilities to 20-25 per visit.
Visitors must book their visits through the Eatmarna app, which has been linked to the presidency’s online portal. The duration of each visit must be 30-45 minutes.
The agency said that visitor numbers will be spread out to ensure they are socially distanced, allowing a maximum of 10 people in every section.
It said that there will be security personnel to check the temperatures of visitors and ensure they wear face coverings.


Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

Updated 24 November 2020

Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation. 
The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.
Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m. 
The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields. 
Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity. 
He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process. 
Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.