Al-Dar’i heritage site in Jouf showcases area’s rich history

The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
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Updated 25 December 2023
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Al-Dar’i heritage site in Jouf showcases area’s rich history

The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region is pictured. (SPA)
  • Recent excavations have unearthed Assyrian pottery from the eighth century B.C. and finds from the Nabataean era
  • Archaeological evidence has indicated that people continued to inhabit the site during the early Islamic era and subsequent periods

RIYADH: The ancient Al-Dar’i neighborhood of Dumat Al-Jandal in the Jouf region showcases the area’s rich heritage, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Recent excavations have unearthed Assyrian pottery from the eighth century B.C. and finds from the Nabataean era.

Archaeological evidence has indicated that people continued to inhabit the site during the early Islamic era and subsequent periods, making it one of the oldest neighborhoods in Dumat Al-Jandal and the region.

Located nearby are several farms, the regional museum, and the old emirate palace.

The southern entrance — one of five — to Al-Dar’i leads to Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, Marid Castle, and the market, while the eastern and western entrances provide access to farms and residential areas.

Al-Dar’i covers an area of approximately 30,000 square meters and includes more than 40 one-, two-, and three-storey stone houses built on the foundations of older structures, and with narrow pathways connecting them.

The Jouf region is one of the Kingdom’s most historic, containing artifacts, drawings, engravings, and writings from the Islamic, Thamudic, Nabataean, and Roman eras.

 

 

 

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Al-Dar’i heritage site

Located in Dumat Al-Jandal in Saudi Arabia's northern province of Al-Jowf, Al-Dar’i was a busy place during an ancient times. Recent excavations have unearthed Assyrian pottery from the 8th century B.C. and finds from the Nabataean era.


Ensuring Hajj safety, security from the skies

Ensuring Hajj safety, security from the skies
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Ensuring Hajj safety, security from the skies

MINA: Saudi authorities are carrying out helicopter surveillance flights around the clock to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during Hajj.

Under the Hajj Security Forces, the Security Aviation Command, operating under the Presidency of State Security, in collaboration with the Royal Saudi Air Force, this Hajj season is witnessing the deployment of advanced aircraft to oversee the movements of pilgrims in Makkah and its surrounding holy sites.

Speaking to the Interior Ministry’s Snapchat account, Col. Shaker bin Sulaiman Al-Tuwaijiri, deputy commander of the Hajj Security Forces’ aerial surveillance operations, said that the Hajj security forces are supervising the movement of pilgrims from the sky day and night.

“Flights of the General Security Aviation Command and the Royal Saudi Air Forces are deployed using top-tier helicopters, the latest technological enablers and artificial intelligence,” he said, adding that staff members are highly qualified due to their cumulative experience.

Saudi authorities are carrying out helicopter surveillance flights around the clock to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during Hajj. (Ministry of Interior)

The patrols are crucial for monitoring the density of pilgrim crowds, ensuring that potential disruptions and dangers are swiftly identified and addressed, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The mission is closely integrated with the Hajj Command and Control Center, which receives live videos and images for prompt analysis and responsive action on the ground.

The information helps ground personnel manage the movement of vehicles and pilgrims between locations.

Some security helicopters, such as the S-92, are equipped with 270-foot rescue winches, thermal cameras operating in infrared and laser wavelengths, and a cargo hook capable of lifting more than 4.5 tonnes.

The helicopter also includes medical rescue and care devices that can be installed inside the cabin as needed. Passenger cabin seats can be configured for evacuation purposes.

The S-92 features an autopilot system and flight management and planning controls, according to the Interior Ministry’s website.


Record temperatures hit Saudi holy sites during Hajj

Record temperatures hit Saudi holy sites during Hajj
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Record temperatures hit Saudi holy sites during Hajj

Record temperatures hit Saudi holy sites during Hajj

MAKKAH: The Saudi Health Ministry reported record high temperatures at holy sites during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.

Temperatures soared to 51.8 degrees Celsius in the shade at the central area of the Grand Mosque, the ministry said, with Arafat reaching 48 degrees Celsius and Mina and Muzdalifah 46 degrees Celsius.

In response to the extreme heat, the ministry urged pilgrims to minimize sun exposure to avoid heat-related illnesses. The ministry recommended staying hydrated and staying in shaded areas whenever possible.


Pilgrims cast stones at Jamarat on first day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims cast stones at Jamarat on first day of Tashreeq
Updated 17 June 2024
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Pilgrims cast stones at Jamarat on first day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims cast stones at Jamarat on first day of Tashreeq
  • Designated pathways across the various floors of the Jamarat facility ensure a smooth flow of pilgrims and ease crowd management

MINA: Hajj pilgrims began the ritual stoning of the devil, throwing pebbles at the Jamarat, three stone pillars, on the first day of Tashreeq, which also coincides with the second day of Eid Al-Adha.

The ritual stoning began with Jamarat Al-Oula (the small pillar), continuing with Jamarat Al-Wusta (the middle pillar) and finally Jamarat Al-Aqaba (the large pillar), following in the Prophet Muhammad’s footsteps, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Numerous designated pathways across the various floors of the Jamarat facility ensured a smooth flow of pilgrims and eased crowd management. The innovative, multilevel structure was engineered to distribute pilgrims efficiently during the throwing ritual.

Pedestrian bridges connect the Jamarat to the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro Line and surrounding pilgrim camps in Mina, allowing for safe and convenient movement, SPA reported.


Guidance heroes of Hajj help pilgrims find their way

Guidance heroes of Hajj help pilgrims find their way
Updated 17 June 2024
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Guidance heroes of Hajj help pilgrims find their way

Guidance heroes of Hajj help pilgrims find their way
  • Scouts can be found in all pilgrimage areas wearing blue caps, brown vests and green neckerchiefs, helping pilgrims

RIYADH: The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation trained scouts to serve during the Hajj season to provide guidance and advice to pilgrims.

These scouts can be found in all pilgrimage areas wearing blue caps, brown vests and green neckerchiefs, helping pilgrims.

Hajj scout Ramadan Swailek says that his duty is to serve and assist the pilgrims at various locations in Makkah.

“We are roaming scouts, and we have specialists from various fields present in the holy sites, such as guidance, health, and safety. The mission of a guidance scout involves guiding lost pilgrims. If a pilgrim is lost, we use maps to help them find their way.”

Swailek said that pilgrims can get cold refreshments and take a rest at the guidance stations.

“This is the first year we are working as roaming guides. In the past, we always provided stationary guidance, helping lost pilgrims who might have been wandering for three or four hours, often frustrated. Guiding them to their destination brings immense relief, and it is a highly rewarding experience. People truly compete for this role because it offers a profound sense of fulfilment,” he said.

Abdulrahim Saad Al-Maliki is another scout helping pilgrims this Hajj season.

“We come here with the intention of serving the pilgrims, as my colleague Ramadan mentioned, and we cover five areas in Mina. There is a lot of roaming, guiding and assisting in various aspects. We thank God for the blessings of Islam, our faith, and the security and safety we enjoy. We are always at the service of the pilgrims. This is my first year, and I hope to continue serving the pilgrims in the coming years, God willing.”

The Scout Commission from the TVTC in the Madinah region won the best headquarters at the camp level this year.

The TVTC was established in 1990 and has 283 training facilities covering all parts of the Kingdom.


KSrelief distribute food aid as Muslims start Eid celebrations

KSrelief distribute food aid as Muslims start Eid celebrations
Updated 17 June 2024
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KSrelief distribute food aid as Muslims start Eid celebrations

KSrelief distribute food aid as Muslims start Eid celebrations
  • The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, represented by KSrelief, to strengthen food security in Yemen

RIYADH: The Saudi aid agency KSrelief has distributed nearly 1,600 food baskets across Yemen, benefiting more than 11,000 people, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

The aid was sent to the districts of Al-Mawasit, Al-Ma’afer and Ash Shamayatayn in Taiz, as well as Al-Hawtah district in Lahij, and Al-Ghaydah district in Al-Mahra Governorate on Sunday.

The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, represented by KSrelief, to strengthen food security in Yemen.

Also in Yemen KSrelief launched a project on Sunday to distribute adahi meat in Aden Governorate.

The meat of 300 sacrificial animals was distributed on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, in Al-Mansoura city, benefiting 2,800 people who are vulnerable, disabled, displaced and those with chronic diseases.

The project aims to distribute the meat of 2,330 adahi animals to 32,620 families in the governorates of Aden, Marib, Hadhramaut, Al-Mahrah, and Lahij.

KSrelief also distributed 25 tonnes of dates sent to Kazakhstan as a gift.

The aid was handed over in Astana on Sunday by the Saudi ambassador to Kazakhstan, Faisal bin Hanif Al-Qahtani, to the deputy head of the religious administration of the Muslims of Kazakhstan in the presence of a team from KSrelief.