Guidelines set for iftar providers at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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The General Presidency of Haramain has opened applications for iftar meal service providers to operate at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan. (AN Photo)
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The General Presidency of Haramain has opened applications for iftar meal service providers to operate at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan. (AN Photo)
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The General Presidency of Haramain has opened applications for iftar meal service providers to operate at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan. (SPA)
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Updated 20 February 2024
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Guidelines set for iftar providers at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

Guidelines set for iftar providers at Makkah’s Grand Mosque
  • Meals, consisting of items such as pitted dates, cakes, pastries, and juice, must adhere to approved packaging conditions
  • Expected that the number of iftar meals that will be distributed to fasting individuals at designated iftar locations in the mosque and its courtyards during Ramadan will exceed 8.5m

JEDDAH: The General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has opened applications for iftar meal service providers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan, subject to specific conditions and standards.

Providers can electronically select the meal location and are required to contract with approved catering companies or Saudi Food and Drug Authority-endorsed factories and warehouses.

Individual philanthropists are limited to two sufras, while charitable organizations and endowments can request up to 10 sufras. 

The meals, consisting of items such as pitted dates, cakes, pastries, and juice, must adhere to approved packaging conditions available at a later electronic link.

The presidency hopes that these measures will improve the experience of visitors to the Grand Mosque and provide distinguished services that meet their needs during Ramadan.

The presidency also provides iftar services for fasting individuals at the Prophet’s Mosque during the holy month. 

It is expected that the number of iftar meals that will be distributed to fasting individuals at designated iftar locations in the mosque and its courtyards during this Ramadan will exceed 8.5 million.

Additionally, over 45 million beneficiaries will receive Zamzam water services, which includes the distribution of 2.5 million bottles of Zamzam water reserved for worshippers in the Two Holy Mosques, as well as the distribution of drinking cups at 18,000 Zamzam water coolers throughout the Prophet’s Mosque.

Furthermore, 1,205 water fountains for drinking have been prepared and are distributed across the mosque’s external courtyards.

Earlier, Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced that the number of Umrah pilgrims in 2023 reached a historic record of 13.55 million. 

He said in his speech during the third Hajj and Umrah Expo last month that the largest number of Umrah pilgrims from outside the Kingdom was in 2019, estimated at 8.55 million.


KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees
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KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

KSrelief celebrates Youth Skills Day at Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees

RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief’s Center for Community Service celebrated International Youth Skills Day at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The center held a special ceremony for the occasion, including various activities highlighting the skills of young people in the community and an awareness lecture to encourage women to develop their talents and capabilities, join training courses, and work with organizations to acquire new skills and experiences.


KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan

KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan
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KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan

KSrelief provides shelter kits for thousands of displaced in Sudan
  • There were 400 shelter bags delivered in Blue Nile state, benefiting 2,300 people, and 590 were delivered in the Northern State, helping 3,240 individuals

RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief has distributed nearly 1,000 shelter kits across Sudan to families most in need, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday.
There were 400 shelter bags delivered in Blue Nile state, benefiting 2,300 people, and 590 were delivered in the Northern State, helping 3,240 individuals.
The assistance is part of the humanitarian and relief efforts provided by Saudi Arabia through KSrelief to support countries and people in need worldwide.


Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition

Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition
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Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition

Saudi maths students scoop 10 awards at international competition
  • Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazaa said the victory was a source of pride for the entire nation

RIYADH: Saudi maths students scooped 10 awards, fending off strong competition from 38 countries, in the 36th annual Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday.

The Saudi team, represented by the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and the Education Ministry, won two silver medals, five bronze, and three certificates of commendation against 345 other students.

Youssef Bakheet from the educational directorate of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, and Muath Al-Qahtani from the Eastern Province, received the silver medals.

The bronze medals were awarded to Mohammed Al-Ghamdi and Ilyas Al-Faraj from the Eastern Province, Ahmed Al-Shahri from Riyadh, Fatima Bouali from Al-Ahsa and Ahmed Khalawi from Jeddah.

The certificates of commendation were awarded to Mohammed Hafez and Abdul Salam Al-Salmi from Madinah, as well as Youssef Khalawi from Jeddah.

Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazaa said the victory was a source of pride for the entire nation.

The participation at APMO was part of the Mawhiba program for international Olympiads, which is held in strategic partnership with the Education Ministry.

It is one of 20 programs and initiatives that offer advanced curricula and enrichment programs provided annually by Mawhiba and the ministry for talented students.


Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 
Updated 25 July 2024
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Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

Saudi deputy FM participates in Sudan peace efforts meeting 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji participated on Wednesday in the Second Consultative Meeting Enhancing Coordination of Peace Initiatives and Efforts in Sudan, the Saudi Press Agency said.

During the meeting held in Djibouti, he reiterated the Kingdom’s continued efforts to resolve the Sudanese crisis, and its welcome and openness to international efforts and initiatives aimed at achieving peace in Sudan.

Al-Khuraiji said that the US and the Kingdom facilitated talks between the Sudanese parties in Jeddah, resulting in signing of the Jeddah Declaration to protect civilians in Sudan.

He expressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness on the return of security and stability to Sudan and urging the Sudanese parties to give priority to wisdom and self-restraint, and to show flexibility and respond to positive and humanitarian initiatives.


The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea

The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea
Updated 25 July 2024
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The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea

The Place: Mount Daka, Shams Al-Assil offer rare views of nature and Red Sea
  • Taif region is major attraction for tourists as it has some of Kingdom’s most diverse flora and fauna

TAIF: In Saudi Arabia’s Makkah province, Mount Daka and Shams Al-Assil provide rare views of the sparkling Red Sea and the Taif region’s diverse flora and fauna.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka, located in the heart of Ash Shafa, can be seen from Shams Al-Assil.

Local and international tourists often head up the mountain to experience the view.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka is one of the destinations that nature-lovers seek to reach to experience its breathtaking nature.  (SPA)

Mount Daka’s environment is replete with wildlife living among its juniper, acacia, sidr and salam trees.

It is a highly sought-after spot in the Sarawat Mountains range because of its natural environment and animals including rock hyraxes, ibex, rabbits, and Arabian leopards.

Rain and fog may form over it, and its flowers and aromatic plants are a haven for swarms of honey-producing bees.

At more than 2,560 meters above sea level, Mount Daka is one of the destinations that nature-lovers seek to reach to experience its breathtaking nature.  (SPA)