Bouyout Al-Shaar, a symbol of the desert that brings together families and friends in Saudi Arabia’s Jouf

The demand of Bedouin tents increases before winter more than any other period. (SPA)
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The demand of Bedouin tents increases before winter more than any other period. (SPA)
Bouyout Al-Shaar, a symbol of the desert that brings together families and friends in Saudi Arabia’s Jouf
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The demand of Bedouin tents increases before winter more than any other period. (SPA)
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Updated 26 January 2024
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Bouyout Al-Shaar, a symbol of the desert that brings together families and friends in Saudi Arabia’s Jouf

The demand of Bedouin tents increases before winter more than any other period. (SPA)
  • The material for Bouyout Al-Shaar and tents varies between camel hair, sheep’s wool, goat hair, fabrics and sadu. These components are used in Bouyout Al-Shaar to provide protection from cold, rain, sandstorms and the heat of the sun in the desert

RIYADH: The Bouyout Al-Shaar (or “house of hair” or Bedouin tent) is one of the symbols of the Badia desert during summer and winter. The tents emulate the deep-rootedness of a past during which our ancestors lived.

Nowadays, Bouyout Al-Shaar adorn the yards of many homes as a fragment of that heritage. Many households in Al-Jouf region are keen to have one as a way to spend time with family, friends and relatives, in addition to being a popular choice for many road-trip lovers and for holding social and family events.




The demand of Bedouin tents increases before winter more than any other period. (SPA)

Umm Najeh, who specializes in weaving and maintaining Bouyout Al-Shaar at the King Abdulaziz Women’s Association in Al-Jouf, said: “Demand has recently increased,” adding that “demand increases before winter more than any other period. The prices of tents vary according to the quality of the interior and exterior fabric as well as its furnishings, including mattresses, fire pits and other supplies.”

Long ago, the inhabitants of the desert in the Arabian Peninsula relied on Bouyout Al-Shaar, which is considered an authentic cultural feature in the Arab heritage. They were suitable for nomadic life as they are easy to carry and move.

The material for Bouyout Al-Shaar and tents varies between camel hair, sheep’s wool, goat hair, fabrics and sadu. These components are used in Bouyout Al-Shaar to provide protection from cold, rain, sandstorms and the heat of the sun in the desert.

Umm Najeh added: “The shapes of Bouyout Al-Shaar vary. Some are closed while others are open on one or more sides. They may be built in the shape of a tent or a square, with the roof raised with wood from tamarisk or ghada (white saxaul) trees. They are fixed to the ground with wooden or iron pegs.”

Bedouin women prepare Bouyout Al-Shaar from the raw materials available in their surroundings using a set of traditional tools, including the spindle, which is used to spin hair, and ropes used to tighten and secure Bouyout Al-Shaar.

The sizes and names of Bouyout Al-Shaar in the desert vary according to their size and the number of posts used to raise their roof. There are tents with one or two posts, while others take the shapes of triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, and so on, based on the number of posts inside it.

The interior of the Bouyout Al-Shaar is also divided into an open area for men and for welcoming guests, and another closed area designated for women.

 


Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
Updated 29 May 2024
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Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry

Visa holders can’t enter Makkah during Hajj season — Saudi interior ministry
  • Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits can enter Makkah
  • Interior ministry says penalties to be imposed on anyone violating the rules

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.
Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.
The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.
“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj
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First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

First group of Yemeni pilgrims arrive in Jeddah for Hajj

RIYADH: The first Yemeni pilgrims to the Kingdom to perform Hajj this year arrived through Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The Saudi government simplified the Yemeni visitors’ travel with immigration officers ensuring entry procedures were carried out smoothly, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports “has exerted every effort to ensure that the entry of pilgrims is facilitated, equipping all international border crossings with advanced technology and trained staff proficient in different languages spoken by pilgrims,” the report added.

Saudi Arabia in 2019 launched the Makkah Route Initiative to help Hajj pilgrims from seven countries — Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkiye and Ivory Coast — with their visa, customs and passport requirements.

The government program issues visas electronically and collects biometric data, carrying out all travel procedures at the airports of the countries of departure, including ensuring that pilgrims have a clean bill of health. Baggage is coded and sorted to meet the transport and accommodation arrangements while pilgrims are in the Kingdom.

King Salman earlier ordered the hosting of 2,322 Hajj pilgrims, a group that includes 1,000 family members of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel or held in Israeli prisons.


Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season
Updated 29 May 2024
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Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.

Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.

The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.

“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
  • The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna
  • The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with its Austria counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna between the Kingdom’s Economy and Planning Minister Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim and Austria’s Labor and Economy Minister Martin Kocher.

The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

The countries will also organize conferences and seminars featuring experts in their fields.

The parties are committed to protecting mutual intellectual property rights, the SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia and Austria first signed economic, commercial, industrial and technology agreements in 2004.


Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
  • The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting

RIYADH: The Kingdom has retained its leadership position in the Global Research Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland this week.

The reelection to this position, for the second time since the body’s establishment in 2012, confirms the council’s confidence in Saudi Arabia, the SPA reported.

The council highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting research, development and innovation in the Middle East North Africa region, the report added.

The council comprises heads of research institutions that fund projects globally.