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Thanks, I post it for ppl never see
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Summer preparation around the Grand Mosque

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here, I think they broke down a wall in front of the Hilton hotel


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Pakistan seeks hike in pilgrimage quota


Minister for Haj Bandar Al-Hajjar holds talks with Pakistan’s Minister of Religious Affairs
Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in Jeddah on Saturday.
By ARAB NEWS

Published: Feb 19, 2012 00:30 Updated: Feb 19, 2012 00:30

JEDDAH: Pakistan Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said his country’s request for an additional quota of 10,000 pilgrims to Saudi Minister for Haj Bandar Al-Hajjar was positively received following talks between the two ministers here on Saturday.

The two ministers and their teams discussed many issues at the Ministry of Haj office in Jeddah. Al-Hajjar also approved Pakistan’s request for the use of Mashair train facility by all Pakistani pilgrims (government and private Haj groups).

The Pakistani minister said this year the Pakistani pilgrims would also be allowed to take guided tours of Jeddah during their stay in the Kingdom.

Numerous other issues relating to better services for Hajis were discussed. The Saudi side stressed on a continuous improvement of the pre-arrival training of Pakistani pilgrims and also sought improved operational mechanism, which further reduced any discomfort to the pilgrims, like delays of buses between Jeddah airport and Makkah.

To ensure quality food for Hajis, the Saudi side insisted that local authorities should supervise the catering services.

Al-Hajjar welcomed his Pakistani counterpart to the annual bilateral ministerial meeting.

On his part, Shah praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Naif and the Saudi government for the numerous steps being taken for the constant improvement of services provided to pilgrims from all over the world.

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Makkah development chair set up


Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal arrives to attend a meeting of Makkah History Center's executive committee.

By ARAB NEWS

Published: Feb 19, 2012 00:39 Updated: Feb 19, 2012 00:39

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Saturday emphasized the need to develop undeveloped Makkah districts by providing them with full-fledged health, cultural and social facilities and services to improve the lives of their residents.

"Unplanned districts are not just the problem of Makkah or Saudi Arabia. It's a global problem and one can find unplanned districts even in major cities of the world...the United Nations gives utmost importance to this issue," the governor said.

Prince Khaled was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of an agreement for the establishment of a chair at Umm Al-Qura University for the development of undeveloped districts in Makkah. The chair named after the prince will be financed by Binladin Group.

The governor thanked Umm Al-Qura and the Binladin Group for their initiative. "The development of undeveloped Makkah districts was the first project I presented to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah after becoming Makkah governor,” he said.

King Abdullah then ordered the formation of a committee under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior. At present there are six ministers in the committee. “Time has come to change the situation of these districts, and we have a caring leadership to implement the project,” he said.

A survey was conducted to develop certain districts and officials found that land in some areas were owned by a single person. The governor called for the cooperation of public and private sectors and the society to develop these districts.

The university has established the chair as part of its scientific and research initiative to work on more than 100 undeveloped districts in the Makkah region. Saudi Binladin Group will finance the activities of the chair during its five-year term.

Bakri Assas, president of the university, told Arab News that the chair would help translate into reality the vision of the Saudi leadership to transform undeveloped districts into modern urban districts with all infrastructure facilities.

The university president unveiled the chair's plans to undertake scientific documentation of various phases of the project for developing target districts in the Makkah region, with special focus on the administrative, technical, organizational, humanitarian, security and economic domains.

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Louvre Officials Unveil New Islamic Art Wing
Confirm Summer Opening



06 January 2012

The Louvre unveiled a new architectural structure on Wednesday to house the museum’s new Arts of Islam galleries – hailed as the most important architectural feat since its glass pyramid.

With a roof designed to look like a floating sheet of silk, a reference to the Islamic headscarf, the new wing of the Louvre housing Islamic art is nearing completion.

The project to house the Paris museum's well regarded collection of Islamic objects was launched by former president Jacques Chirac in 2002.

Six years later his successor, Nicolas Sarkozy, laid the first stone. After four years of construction, the wing is set to open in the summer.

On Wednesday, the Louvre's director, Henri Loyette, gave an update on the progress of the building, which is due to open in the summer.

He said the new addition to the museum would put on show "collections that have been largely neglected for 25 years."

The building's architect Mario Bellini, who has designed the structure with Rudy Ricciotti, told the BBC the structure should seem as if it is "floating in mid-air."


"The roof is only supported by eight very narrow tubes which are leaning and dancing together and which support the weight of the veil to the bottom of the foundations," he said.

The 3,500 square metre space, including two additional underground levels, is the museum's biggest project since the construction of the glass pyramid that sits in the Louvre's main courtyard twenty years ago.

The €98 million ($126 million) new wing will sit in one of the Louvre's hidden courtyards in the Denon wing of the gallery and can house around 18,000 works.

The roof's transparent composition allows light to pass through, revealing the museum's classical architecture just beyond.

In 2011, the Louvre attracted a record 8.8 million visits, with around two-thirds coming from outside France.

A Saudi Prince is the project's largest single benefactor, contributing 17 million euros in funding. Other sponsors include Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and the the Republic of Azerbaijan which lent 26 million euros, of the 98 million estimated total.

The Louvre museum still needs to raise 10 million euros to complete work on the project, but officials confirm that the wing will open this summer as scheduled.

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Janadriyah Festival
National Heritage and Culture Festival


Makkah pavilion a crowd-puller

By ARAB NEWS

Published: Feb 14, 2012 02:51 Updated: Feb 14, 2012 02:51

JANADRIYAH: Many visitors rushed to see the Makkah pavilion at the 27th National Heritage and Culture Festival, which opened outside Riyadh on Wednesday.

The pavilion, called Bayt Makkah Al-Mukarramah, adds a spiritual dimension to the cultural and heritage atmosphere of the festival.

Apart from religious symbols of Islam, the pavilion showcases old models of motor cars, most of them at least 50 years old. Another major attraction of the Makkah pavilion is the display of one of the largest misbahas (rosary) in the world.

The pavilion also displays old and new photographs and replicas of the Grand Mosque and the holy sites. It also gives a pictorial presentation of the latest developmental projects implemented by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in Makkah, Mina, Jamarat and Arafat.

Its folk arts section provides a taste of the old cultural activities of Makkah including “Mizmar” and “Majas” dances.

The pavilion is designed in the old Hijazi architectural style with plenty of intricate wood work, skylights and chandeliers, jalousies and cisterns. Interior decoration is also in the old Arabian style particular to Makkah. A visitor can also inspect seating arrangements with divans and majlis.

At one part of the pavilion many workers are busy in handicraft works such as carpentry, gold and silver works, pottery making, leather works, cobbling, censer making and rose water distillation. Samples of Makkah’s cuisine of the past generation are also available at the pavilion.

Taif, which is famous for its natural beauty and roses, displayed a huge carpet like presentation of roses at the entrance to the Bayt Al-Taif, which is part of the Makkah pavilion. The item prepared by the Taif municipality is made of 6,000 roses of different colors.

Supervisor of the Makkah Pavilion Abdul Rahman Muminah said Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal is keen on the pavilion representing the glorious heritage of the Makkah region so that the new generation gets an insight into the proud past of the region. He said the prince had made financial allocations well in advance to make elaborate preparations for the festival.

A visitor to the Qassim pavilion, Khaled Al-Harbi, said he came from Canada where he is studying computer engineering to visit Janadriyah. He believed the national festival provided a rare experience by merging the heritage of all regions in the Kingdom. He said his teachers and fellow students demanded him to take back with him mementos that portray different aspects of Saudi culture.

Chief of the Saudi bureau of official Chinese news agency Xinhua, Wang Bo, said he was attending Janadriyah for the second time as he was fascinated by the festival when he visited it last year.

“I am deeply fascinated by the variety of folk arts of Saudi Arabia. A visit to the festival ground gives a visitor like me the occasion to view and enjoy different art forms of all Saudi towns at one place,” he said.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article575212.ece

Makkah Pavillon

Bayt Makkah Al-Mukarramah




Largest Flower-made Carpet displayed at Taif House in Makkah Pavilion in al-Janadriya Festival(SPA) 20/3/1433H


Undersecretary of Makkah Principality Visits Makkah Pavilion at Janadriyah Festival ( SPA) 24/3/1433H


Makkah Pavilion in Al-Janadriya Shows Process of Extracting Oud for Visitors_( SPA) 23/3/1433H


Undersecretary of Makkah Principality Visits Makkah Pavilion at Janadriyah Festival ( SPA) 24/3/1433H


12 Meter Misbaha "Rosary" Displayed at Makkah House in Al-Janadriya Festival (spa) 30-3-1433 h

article on the Misbaha: http://alweeam.com/archives/107522



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SR100m Quba Mosque revamp plan approved

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20 February 2012

MADINA — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Dawah and Guidance is planning to revamp the historic Quba Mosque in the Prophet’s City at a total cost of SR100 million.

The foundation of Quba, the first mosque ever built, was laid by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) upon his arrival in Madina from Makkah.
The mosque was completed in 622 C.E.

Dr. Muhammad Al-Ameen Bin Khateri, Director of the ministry’s Madina branch, said final details are being worked out by the Madina Mayoralty and the Madina Development Commission. “The project has been approved by the ministry in Riyadh and the study will be completed soon.”

Dr. Tawfiq Al-Sudairi, Undersecretary for Mosque Affairs, at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, was quoted by Asharq Alawsat as saying that the Quba Mosque project is the responsibility of the ministry’s Madina branch.

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majed Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Madina region and Chairman of the Madina Development Commission, announced the commission’s approval last month to develop the Quba and Miqat areas, and the King Abdul Aziz Center near the Central Area.

The project, Prince Abdul Aziz said, will be based on a study conducted by the commission which aims to highlight the urban identity of Madina.

The study focuses on expanding Quba Mosque by building courtyards and parking lots covered with canopies. A total of SR30 million has been allocated for the construction of gates at the entrance, which will fit in with its traditional and cultural character.

Asharq Alawsat quoted Bin Khateri as saying that the ministry started last Tuesday to expand and restore Al-Shohada Mosque in Madina.

The 8,000 sq. meter project will be completed in 24 months.

The total cost of mosque renovation projects is SR616.9 million, of which SR82.7 million has been allocated in this year’s budget. Bin Khateri said the ministry’s projects include providing maintenance and cleaning services for these mosques.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index...20120220117934
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Fire in Makkah

حريق البرج المجاور للحرم المكي كان بسبب “مدخنة مطعم” وتمت السيطرة عليه خلال دقائق

Fire tower adjacent to the campus was in Mecca because of
the "chimney restaurant" and was brought under control within minutes


17 February 2012

قال العقيد علي المنتشري الناطق الإعلامي في الدفاع المدني بالعاصمة المقدسة إن الحريق الذي شوهد في أحد الأدوار العليا في فندق بمواجهة الحرم المكي الشريف نتج عن انتثار (زيت قلي) في مدخنة مطعم “الطازج” وقد تمت السيطرة عليه في غضون دقائق دون تسجيل أي إصابات.

وذكرت مصادر إخبارية أن سبب الدخان الذي رآه مرتادو المسجد الحرام هو بسبب ارتفاع نسبة الزيوت والتسربات في مدخنة مطعم الطازج، الواقع بمشروع مكة للإنشاء والتعمير، ولم يصل لأدوار الفندق ولم يحدث أي تأثير كما لم يسفر عن أي إصابة.

وقال المنتشري إن فِرَق الدفاع المدني باشرت الوضع حال ورود بلاغ، واتضح أن زيادة نسبة الأدخنة الخارجة من مدخنة المطعم كانت بشكل كثيف نتيجة تسرب الزيوت والترسبات بالمدخنة.

الجدير بالذكر أن ظهور أعمدة الدخان تلت أداء المصلين لصلاة العشاء في الحرم المكي الشريف مما أدى إلى سرعة انتشاره عبر الشبكات الإجتماعية.

http://www.saudinow.com/local/14139.html

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Fire tower adjacent to the campus was in Mecca because of the "chimney restaurant" and was brought under control within minutes

17 February 2012

Colonel Ali Montashari media spokesman in the capital, civil defense that the holy fire, which was seen in one of the upper floors in a hotel facing the Haram al-Sharif resulted in dispersal (frying oil) in the chimney restaurant "fresh" have been brought under control within minutes without recording any injuries.

According to news sources that the cause of the smoke he saw Mrtado the Grand Mosque is due to the high proportion of oil leaks in the chimney and fresh restaurant, located to the draft Mecca for Reconstruction and Development, did not reach the roles of the hotel and there was no effect and did not result in any injury.

Montashari said that civil defense teams started the event and the situation Rhode communication, and it became clear that increasing the proportion of smoke emerging from the chimney of the restaurant was a result of leakage of heavy oils and sediments Palmdkhna.

It is worth mentioning that the appearance of smoke followed the performance of the worshipers to evening prayers at the Haram al-Sharif, which led to its rapid spread through social networks.




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Development Committee squares North of the Grand Mosque
remove the property 1900 in the third phase


لجنة تطوير الساحات الشمالية للمسجد الحرام تزيل 1900 عقار في المرحلة الثالثة

17 February 2012

مكة-الوئام-حجب العصيمي:

بدأت إزالة المباني الواقعة ضمن المرحلة الثالثة ضمن مشروع تطوير الساحات الشمالية للحرم المكي الشريف حيث تضم هذه المرحلة ما يقارب 1900 عقار .من جانبه أكد المهندس محمد طه فقية مساعد منسق لجنة تطوير الساحات الشمالية أن هذه الإزالة تأتي ضمن العقارات التي تعترض محطة تحويل الكهرباء التابعة لمشروع توسعة خادم الحرمين الشريفين للحرم المكي الشريف، والساحات المحيطة به وسيتم الاستفادة في استكمال الطريق الدائري الأول الممتد من أحياد وبير بليلة مرورا بجبل الكعبة وريع الرسام وجبل الكعبة إلى منطقه الغزة ولقد باشرت عمليات الإزالة والهدم آليات متخصصة ضخمة تابعه لمقاول المشروع مجموعه بن لادن السعودية .

وقد حضر الإشراف على الإزالة كلا من :منسق لجنة الساحات الشمالية المهندس حسن عيد مساعد منسق لجنة الساحات الشمالية المهندس محمد طه مندوب من الشرطة مندوب من الدفاع المدني مندوبي من الجهات الخدمية / مصلحة المياه وشركة الكهرباء وشركة الاتصالات وموبايلي وزين ومندوب المكتب الاستشاري للجنة دار الهندسة ومندوب مجموعه بن لادن السعودية .

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Development Committee squares North of the Grand Mosque remove the property 1900 in the third phase

17 February 2012

Began removing buildings located within the third phase in a project to develop squares North of the Holy Mosque, where has this stage about 1900 property. For his part, Engineer Mohammed Taha horizontal Assistant Coordinator of the Development Committee squares North that this removal comes as part of real estate that hinder conversion plant, the electricity of the project expansion of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Haram al-Sharif, and squares surrounding it will be used to complete the Ring Road, the first extending from Ahaad and Bear night through Mount Kaaba and the proceeds of the painter and Mount Kaaba to the area Ghazh has started clearance operations and demolition of mechanisms specialized large subsidiary of a contractor of the project a total of bin Laden's Saudi Arabia.

Was attended by overseeing the removal of: Coordinator of the squares Northern Hassan Holiday Assistant Coordinator of the squares North Mohamed Taha representative from the police representative from the Civil Defense representatives of service bodies / the Water and Electricity Company and Telecom, Mobily and Zain and the delegate of the Bureau's Advisory Committee on House Engineering and delegate A total of bin Laden's Saudi Arabia.



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Tips taken at the Grand Mosque under fire


'Sabq' quoted some workers at the Grand Mosque as saying they do not ask
for tips but that they accept what pilgrims give them as gifts (SUPPLIED)
Monday, February 20, 2012

Workers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Islam’s holiest shrine, have started taking tips from pilgrims, drawing criticism from Saudis and other Muslims who say such a bad habit hurts the image of the holy land.

Hundreds of workers pack the massive mosque to serve worshippers during two annual rite seasons — the Haj (pilgrimage) and Umra (mini Haj), when millions of Muslims from Saudi Arabia and other countries converge on the holy site. The workers are mostly Saudis who are appointed by the government.

“Pilgrims during Haj and Umra are now paying large tips to workers at the Grand Mosque… this phenomenon has become widespread over the past three years as it was almost non-existent before,” said Hamad Othman, a Gulf pilgrim.

“The pilgrims themselves have created this problem as workers had not asked for tip before…now many workers are demanding tip.”

A Saudi female pilgrim, quoted by the Arabic language daily 'Sabq', described tip-giving at the Grand Mosque as a “scandal".

“Authorities must take urgent action to deal with this...they should warn workers against accepting tip,” the unnamed pilgrim said.

“These workers are becoming more rude…they are annoying pilgrims by insisting on having tips….This is a holy site which should remain clear of such bad practices…they are harming the image of the whole country.”

Another Saudi pilgrim, Mohammed Al Qahtani, agreed by urging authorities to monitor those workers to ensure they stop asking for tips. “Whether they call it a tip or a gift, this is negatively affecting the holy site… Saudi Arabia is a rich country and is home to the holiest land so these practices should be immediately halted.”

'Sabq' quoted some workers at the Grand Mosque as saying they do not ask for tips but that they accept what pilgrims give them as gifts. “We consider the money offered to us by the pilgrims as a gift in exchange for the services we offer them,” one Saudi worker said.

Asked about his earnings from such “gifts”, he said they could exceed SR10,000 ($2,700) during Ramadan. “My salary is around SR5,000 ($1,350) a month, which we believe is not enough to support our families.” He said pilgrims from other Gulf countries are the most generous. “Once, a pilgrim from a nearby Gulf country gave me a tip of SR2,000 ($540).”

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Third Phase of Makkah Project

Govt to pay SR130b for expropriation of real estate in Makkah


19 February 2012

JEDDAH – The Saudi government will pay SR120 billion ($32 billion) to SR130 billion in compensations for the expropriation of real estate in Makkah over the next two years as part of the implementation of mega development projects in the Grand Mosque and the adjoining areas, Saudi Arabic Al Eqtisadiah daily reported Saturday, citing an official.

The projects include the construction of roads and train stations on the periphery of the Grand Mosque from many sides and at distances from the Mosque ranging from 350 to 500 meters, Yusuf Al-Ahmadi, member of the Committee for Estimation of Property Values in Makkah, told the paper.

The Makkah municipality said that it started demolishing some 1,900 buildings Friday as part of the third phase of a project aiming to develop the northern courtyards of the Grand Mosque, the daily said.

Engineer Muhammad Taha Faqih, Assistant Coordinator for the Committee for the Development of the Northern Courtyards, said the demolitions are located within the properties coming in the way of the electricity transformer plant belonging to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Expansion Project for the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the surrounding courtyards.

He said the expansion would be used in completing the first ring road extending from Ajyad, via Jabal Al-Ka’bah and Ree’ Al-Rassam up to Al-Ghazza Area, Al-Eqtisadia reported.

The demolition work was attended by representatives of the Northern Courtyards Committee, the police, services authorities, telecommunications companies and the consultant office for the project.

Real estate officials in Makkah said the first and second stage of the demolition work, which started in 2009, have affected 2,350 buildings.

Meanwhile, Dr. Osama Al-Bar, Mayor of Makkah, said the scope of the project includes the northern courtyards of the Grand Mosque, beginning with Al-Masjid Al-Haram Street, Al-Ghazza in the east until Jabal Al-Ka’bah Street in the west with a distance of 660 meters from the Holy Ka’bah. This will be in two stages – first, the 100 meters adjacent to the courtyards, before starting the third stage, which started Friday.

Officials concerned said the project work will include the construction of three stations for small cars and buses adjacent to the first ring road. They are big stations and will be benefited from now as stations for buses and small cars until the internal train project is completed in Makkah.

There will be train stations as well. They said that among these is a station opposite Halaqat Jarwal Tunnel and another behind the King Abdulaziz Endowment, a third near the new tunnel at Harat Al-Bab and an additional station in Al-Ghazza Area.

Al-Ahmadi said the amounts would be injected in mega development projects including roads and train stations, which will be available in the surroundings of the Grand Mosque in several directions.

“The project is of great national and Islamic importance in order to increase the courtyards surrounding the Grand Mosque and reduce the pressure within the Grand Mosque and its other courtyards as well as contributing to streamlining traffic and pedestrian flow to and from the Grand Mosque,” he added.

The projects being witnessed by Makkah will create a flurry of economic activity capable of creating a new kind of mega projects that are able to activate the development plans, he further said.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index...ate=19/02/2012


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Khurshid Shah, Saudi Minister sign Hajj agreement 2012

22 February 2012

JEDDAH: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah signed Hajj Agreement 2012 with Minister for Hajj Saudi Arabia Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad al-Hajjar.

The agreement was signed here Wednesday at the Ministry of Hajj office.

The Minister was accompanied by senior Pakistani functionaries including Shaukat Hayat Durrani, Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs, Salik Khan, Consul General of Pakistan at Jeddah, Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, Director General Hajj, Sohail Ali Khan Consul, Syed Rafeo Bashir Shah, Director Pakistan Hajj Mission and Bahrullah Hazarvi, Director in the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Earlier, Syed Khursheed Shah held a meeting with Saudi Minister for Hajj Dr. Bandar bin Mohammad al-Hajjar and presented a letter from Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to Saudi Minister.

The Prime Minister in his letter has expressed gratitude to the immense services of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz and Haj Ministry Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the numerous steps being taken for the constant improvements and upgrading the Umra and Hajj experiences of pilgrims from all over the world.

Some important features of Hajj Agreement this year include:

The number of Pakistani Hajj quota is expected to be increased by 10,000 pilgrims this year.

All Pakistani Pilgrims would use Electric Rail services during Hajj 1433 instead of buses for transport during the actual Hajj days (from Mina - Arafat -Mina).

A strong contingent of 1890 Pakistan Khuddam ul Hujjaj and Medical Mission, will arrive from Pakistan to serve the Pak Hajj Pilgrims.

Around 30,000 Pilgrims will arrive in Madina Munawwarah, directly from Pakistan.

1st Hajj flight to reach Saudi Arabia on 1st of Dhul Qada 1433 (September 17, 2012). Last Hajj Flight will reach Saudi Arabia on 4th Dhul Hijjah 1433H, (October 20, 2012).

Post Hajj Flight operations will begin with the departure of 1st Hajj flight from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan on 14th Dhul Hijjah 1433 (October 30, 2012).

Hajj visas would be issued to pilgrims holding digital international Passports only (MRP).

For the first time, the pilgrims will be allowed to carry specially prepared Zamzam cans packed and supplied by Khadim ul Haramain Project for supply of zamzam water.

All those Airlines having licenses to operate inside Saudia Arabia and have offices in Saudi Arabia, including Makkah and Madina, and approved by Saudi Arabian Civil Aviation Authority would be liable to transport Pakistani hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

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The man who lives in seclusion at Islam’s holiest shrine

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pilgrims who often visit the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest shrine, will quickly notice a familiar face among the hundreds of government workers there. The Saudi man is always there and has never left the Mosque for nine years.

Thallab Al Moulad, 52, decided to get away from people and live a recluse life inside the Grand Mosque in the western Saudi town of Makkah for the rest of his life after losing his farm in which he invested his life savings.

He says he was about to reap his harvest at his new land when he woke up one morning to the rumbling of government bulldozers that razed his farm on the grounds he had no proof of ownership.

The bearded Saudi man now spends most of his time praying although the trauma of losing his farm is still noticeable on his dark face. He earns his living through tips given to him by handicapped pilgrims in return for pushing their wheel chairs through the massive mosque and other services.

“I want to spend the rest of my life here after losing all my savings…I paid more than SR20,000 ($5,400) to lease the farm from its owner….I spent much time in planting the land and was about to reap the harvest when I woke up one morning and found government bulldozers razing the farm,” he said.

“I could not stop them and I did not go to court…they told me that I have rented the farm from someone who does not have ownership documents.”

Quoted by the Saudi Arabic language daily Alwatan, Moulad said he no longer thinks of money and that he gets tips from pilgrims only to feed himself.

“I have become contented all these years inside the Grand Mosque…I no longer think of achieving any ambitions… I just want to live here for the rest of my life and I am sure that God the Almighty will reward me.”

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Mecca, Medina photographs to be exhibited in Istanbul

The same exhibition will later be opened in Ankara and Konya


23 February 2012

Photographs of Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina will be exhibited in Istanbul.

Prof.Dr. Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate, met Sami Angawi, the founder of Hajj Research Center and a prominent architect, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, Gormez and Angawi agreed to exhibit Angawi's special collection of Mecca and Medina photographs in Istanbul.

The same exhibition will later be opened in Ankara and Konya.

Angawi said they were working on different projects not to demolish historical porticos around Kaaba.

Gormez will meet Saudi Arabia's Minister of Pilgrimage Affairs & Religious Trusts Bandar bin Muhammad Hajjar and sign pilgrimage protocol for 2012.

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Makkah hotels book rooms for Hajis now


Arafat Day - Haj 2011
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Published: Feb 23, 2012 23:59 Updated: Feb 23, 2012 23:59

MAKKAH: Although the pilgrimage is more than seven months away, Haj missions and real estate brokers have started reserving residential buildings and hotels for pilgrims, local daily Al-Watan reported Thursday, quoting the real estate committee chairman of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"The missions and the brokers have so far made a down payment of SR900 million to reserve over 7,000 buildings and hotels, whose value is expected to be more than SR7 billion," Mansour Abu Rayash said.

He said the favorite areas for the accommodation of pilgrims are the central area around the Grand Mosque, Kudai, Al-Aziziyah, Al-Shisha and Al-Maabdah districts.

Abu Rayash said the Haj missions were keen to reserve accommodations for their pilgrims at an early date and were mainly focusing on the central area, which is very expensive. "It may cost SR7,000 to accommodate a single pilgrim in this particular area, which is very close to the Haram," he explained.

According to him, pilgrims may pay from SR2,000 to SR5,000 for accommodation in other areas, depending on proximity to the Grand Mosque.

The chairman expected a big number of buildings would be rented this year in the areas of Al-Adl, Jabal Al-Nur, Al-Moaisim, Al-Salamah and Al-Nuzha because of the ongoing development projects in the central area including the first ring road, for which more than 1,800 housing units were confiscated and demolished.

Abu Rayash said about 20 percent of the building owners had already signed contracts for the accommodation of pilgrims and received down payments equivalent to 30 percent of the rent value.

According to building owners, the most favorable areas for pilgrims after the central area are Mahbas Al-Jin, Kudai, Ajyad and Al-Aziziyah, because they are not far from the Haram.

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Constructing the Kaaba

24 February 2012

The holy Kaaba is indeed the centre of worship and source of overflowing pure lights.

It has been ordained by God as a sacred spot and the first monument to be built in stone.

Prophets Adam had set up its pillars while Abraham raised it with Ismail, his son and later the Quraysh would build it too.

Abdul Matlab Bin Hashem bestowed on it all types of ornaments and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, cleansed it for the first time in history after the Conquest of Mecca.

Kaaba has been destroyed and rebuilt time and time again.

"It was once destroyed during the era of Quraych before the Prophet's mission, peace be upon him. Thus, Quraych tribe decided to rebuild the holy house. But they then said they wouldn't build the house with the money that comes from interest or from white slave dowries or augury.

They decided to build it from their clean Halal money", explained Dr. Khaled Babtin, member of Um Qura University teaching committee.

Kaaba is surrounded by three of the most holy secrets of Islam: the Black Stone, Abraham's shrine and the well of Zamzam.

On the northern side of the Kaaba, there is a small door called the Door of Repentance that differs from the other more majestic external door.

Its four corners are adorned with white and colored marble emblazoned with Islamic inscriptions and a back layer of golden garments gives the place its imposing apparel.

"In the era of Omar Bin Al Khattab, may God be pleased with him, Al Kaaba used to be covered with the Kibat and under the Mamluks, it was covered with brocade whereas now, in the Saudi era it is covered with the finest type of silk, pure gold and silver", said Nizar Abdul Aziz Al Shibi, Servant of the House of God.Three decorated wooden pillars stand in Kaaba's center next to a metal column painted in silver where the structure's gifts are suspended. Silver, copper and wrought glass lanterns hang from the ceiling.

Kaaba today teems with holiness, uniqueness and pure spiritual ambiance that continue to make it the ultimate destination of Muslims and a pilgrimage site they visit with their souls.

http://english.alarabiya.net/article...24/196731.html

video in arabic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JsM3...eature=channel

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