Pilgrims visit historic Uhud battlefield

Updated 27 September 2012

Pilgrims visit historic Uhud battlefield

While in Madinah, pilgrims like to embark on a tour of of the many historic sites in the region. The location of the Battle of Uhud, one of the most famous battles in the Islamic history, is one such ancient site.
On Tuesday morning, more than 10 buses brought visitors to the Shuhada Uhud (Martyrs of Uhud) area that overlooks the historic battlefield.
Pilgrims of different nationalities and ages toured the area that houses the martyrs’ graves.
“It’s the first time that I am visiting this historical site that witnessed the Muslims’ sacrifices for the sake of spreading the religion,” said Shshid Muhammad Akhtar from Pakistan, one of the the visitors who stood on the Rumat Mountain (arrow shooters’ mountain) with his camera.
Another Pakistani pilgrim, Muhammad Waqar, said he read and heard a lot about the historic battle but it is the first time for him to stand on the ‘shooters’ mountain.” Under the supervision of the chairman of the Madinah Haj Committee and the Madinah Gov. Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, all relevant authorities and private bodies are performing their duties in serving pilgrims arriving in the Prophet’s City around the clock. So far 145,484 pilgrims have arrived in Madinah through Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport and through land. About 3,598 left the city.
Most pilgrims in Madinah currently are Malaysians who number 28,765; while there are 28,155 Turkish pilgrims and 25,681 Indian pilgrims, according to the Madina Haj Committee’s secretary’s report on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines has started running direct flights to Madinah from several Pakistani cities. Director of the company’s office in Madinah, Muhammad Shahid Hussien, said so far six flights were running and they will continue operation until Oct. 19.


Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

Bricklab was founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz. (Supplied)
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Jeddah-based Bricklab wins Art Jameel’s International Design Award

JEDDAH: The Jeddah-based design studio Bricklab — founded in 2015 by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz — has won the Art Jameel International Design Award for its proposed design of Hayy:Cinema.

The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year — and is billed as “the first bespoke home of Saudi and international independent film in the Kingdom.”

The cinema will be part of Hayy:Creative Hub — which is set to open in Jeddah next year. (Supplied)

Bricklab’s design — selected from over 100 entries from around the world, and one of three Arab entries shortlisted — isn’t limited to its 200-seater main screen. It includes an audio-visual library, archive viewing rooms, an additional community screening room, and “educational space.” The designers reportedly interviewed actors, directors and producers from Saudi Arabia and the wider region, and carried out “extensive research” into the history of cinema in the Gulf, before settling on their final proposal.

The jury — which included Wael Al-Awar, co-founder of ibda design, the architects behind Hayy:Creative Hub; Faisal Baltyuor, CEO of the Saudi Film Council; Butheina Kazim, co-founder of Dubai’s independent picture house Cinema Akil; and Ippolitio Pestellini Laparelli from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture — judged all entries blind (applicants were represented only by a number) and praised Bricklab’s proposal for its “incorporation of elements designed to encourage the participation of the wider creative community with Hayy:Cinema.”

Bricklab’s design was selected from over 100 entries from around the world. (Supplied)

The project will contribute significantly to the Kingdom’s burgeoning homegrown cultural scene, something that Abdulrahman Gazzaz spoke to Arab News about earlier this year, saying: “We are lucky to be around at this time when the arts are really being promoted and supported. The community of art is growing, and speaks truthfully to us as a society.”

In a statement regarding the Art Jameel award, the brothers said: “We are excited to contribute to this momentous project which will surely reshape the cultural landscape of the city of Jeddah and Saudi as a whole. We hope to achieve a benchmark project in terms of design excellence which dovetails with outstanding programming.”