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Street Art in Madinah

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Street art where Khandaq was, Madinah

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Sheikh Al Sudais at the Prophet's Mosque

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Sudais familiar with the demolition and removal
of the Prophet's Mosque expansion project


السديس يطلع على أعمال الهدم والإزالة لمشروع توسعة المسجد النبوي

14-06-1434
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إنطلاقاً من توجيهات ولاة الأمر حفظهم الله وعنايتهم بالحرمين الشريفين ومشروعات توسعتهما، قام معالي الرئيس العام لشؤون المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي الشيخ عبدالرحمن بن عبدالعزيز السديس ونائبه لشؤون المسجد النبوي معالي الشيخ عبد العزيز الفالح بجولة ميدانية اطلع فيها معاليه على أعمال الهدم والإزالة للمباني المشمولة بمشروع توسعة خادم الحرمين الشريفين الملك عبد الله بن عبد العزيز حفظه الله للمسجد النبوي والتي تعتبر التوسعة الأضخم والأكبر عبر التاريخ للمسجد النبوي الشريف.

وقد اطلع معاليه على المخطط الخاص بالمشروع، ووقف على سير الأعمال فيه وحث فريق العمل على بذل قصارى الجهود في ذلك المشروع العظيم ومواصلة العمل الحثيث لتنفيذ المشروع في مدته الزمنية المحددة تحقيقاً لتوجيهات خادم الحرمين الشريفين حفظه الله في سرعة إنجاز أعمال هذه التوسعة العظيمة تسهيلاً على زائري مسجد رسول الله وارتقاء بالخدمات المقدمة لهم حرصاً على وصول الزائر لمسجد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وتمتعه بمنظومة الخدمات المتنوعة بأحسن صورة وأيسر سبيل .

وفي ختام جولته دعا الله أن يجزي خادم الحرمين الشريفين وسمو ولي عهده خير الجزاء على ما يولونه للحرمين الشريفين ولزائريهما من فائق العناية وكريم الرعاية كما دعا الله لسمو أمير منطقة المدينة المنورة صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير فيصل بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز بجزيل المثوبة على متابعته الحثيثة لأعمال التوسعة.

وقد رافق معاليه فضيلة وكيل الرئيس العام لشؤون المسجد النبوي الدكتور علي العبيد وفضيلة الدكتور خالد بن محمد السبيعي المستشار ومدير مكتب معالي الرئيس العام ومدير العلاقات العامة والإعلام بالمسجد النبوي الأستاذ عبدالواحد الحطاب ومدير عام التنسيق والمتابعة الأستاذ صالح المزيني ومدير إدارة التشغيل والصيانة الأستاذ إبراهيم الحربي ومدير إدارة الساحات والمواقف الأستاذ عبدالعزيز الردادي.

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Google translation: 06/14/1434

Based on guidance and rulers, God save them and their care Baharmin Mosques and projects توسعتهما, His Excellency President General for the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Sudais and his deputy for the Prophet's Mosque Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Faleh field tour briefed the Ma'aleh the demolition and removal of buildings covered by the draft expansion server Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, may God protect him to the Prophet's Mosque, which is considered the largest and the biggest expansion history of the Prophet's Mosque.

Have a look at Ma'aleh on the chart for the project, and to stop the proceedings which urged the team to make every effort in this great project and continue to work actively to implement the project in duration specified time to achieve the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the expeditious completion of the work of this expansion great convenience to visitors Mosque of the Messenger of Allah and improve the services provided to them in order on a visitor's arrival to the Mosque of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him and the enjoyment of the various services system the best picture and easier way.

At the end of his tour called God to reward the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince the best reward is accorded the Two Holy Mosques and زائريهما of super care and care cream also called on God for His Highness the Emir of Madinah His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz sincere reward to follow tireless efforts to business expansion.

Was accompanied by His Excellency virtue Under President General for the Prophet's Mosque, Dr. Ali slaves and His Eminence Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Subaie Chancellor and Director of the Office of His Excellency President General and Director of Public Relations and Media mosque of Prophet Mr. Abdul Wahid Al Hattab and general manager of coordination and follow-up Mr. Saleh Al-Muzaini and Director of Operation and Maintenance Mr. Ibrahim Al Harbi and Managing Director squares and attitudes Professor Abdulaziz Raddadi.







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Madinah Haramain station progress



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A new Metro in Madinah

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Prophet's Mosque expansion project

by Dynamic Energy - 1 May 2013

A joint venture between Lebanon’s Khatib&Alami and Turkey’s Istanbul Ulasim won the consultancy services contract for a new metro in Madinah. The client for the project is the local Madinah Development Authority.

The full scope of works includes preparing a feasibility study, the architectural design, the static and electro-mechanical works, as well, as preparing the tender documents for the construction and consultancy for the first metro line.

The metro will link the airport to the Prophet’s mosque. Early estimates suggest the project will cost at least $1bn to construct.

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Madinah Metro Project tender Istanbul Ulasim AS. won!

Medine Metrosu Proje ihalesini İstanbul Ulaşım AŞ. kazandı!

26.02.2013

Google translated from Turkish:

For the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia organized the tender for the Medina Public Transit and Metro Engineering 'Istanbul Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of IMM. won!

The metro project will be built in the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia, leading up to the 'Public Transit and Metro Engineering Medina tender' Istanbul Transport & SCEC (Khatib & Alami) won the partnership. According to Medina, urban rail and other public transportation systems, including feasibility studies for the construction and operation processes of supplying services to be provided by the Istanbul Transportation. The purpose of the subway will be built from the pilgrims travel to the applicant to provide more convenient and faster.

Medina Development Board in February, completing assessments Istanbul Transport Inc. sent an official letter to the outcome of the tender to the Istanbul Transportation Co. 't invited to sign a contract for engineering and consultancy work. Previously the province of Istanbul Transport in Lahore, Pakistan Penjap Metrobus line is put into operation recently prepared projects.

Within the scope of the Medina counseling;

Modeling of all the public transport system of the city of Madinah Munawara i; subway system, the preparation of the tender for the construction projects; metro project financing, line construction, operation and maintenance of the comparative evaluation of alternative methods, and preparation of tender documents are subjects such as engineering and consulting.

Comes to the metro line for the city of Medina is going to be the first urban rail system implementation, the line length of about 30 km from the first phase of the Medina's Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, and Dhul-Hulaifah (fasts Mosque) projected to cross. In addition, this subway line, close to the Prophet's Mosque and Mecca and Medina, which was built between the pass from Haramain Speed ​​Railway Line stations.

Original text in Turkish:

Suudi Arabistan’ın Medine şehri için düzenlenen ‘Medine Toplu Ulaşım ve Metro Mühendislik ihalesini' İBB iştiraki olan İstanbul Ulaşım AŞ. kazandı!

Suudi Arabistan'ın Medine şehrinde inşa edilecek olan metro projesi için çıkılan ‘Medine Toplu Ulaşım ve Metro Mühendislik ihalesini’ İstanbul Ulaşım & SCEC (Khatib & Alami) ortaklığı kazandı. Buna göre Medine kent içi raylı sistem ve diğer toplu ulaşım sistemleri yapım ve işletme süreçlerini kapsayan fizibilite çalışmaları hizmet temini İstanbul Ulaşım tarafından sağlanacak. İnşa edilecek metronun amacı gelen hacı adaylarının daha rahat ve hızlı seyahat edebilmesini sağlamak.

Medine Kalkınma Kurulu, Şubat ayında değerlendirmelerini tamamlayarak İstanbul Ulaşım A.Ş’ye ihale sonucuna ilişkin resmi bir yazı göndermiş ve İstanbul Ulaşım A.Ş’yi mühendislik müşavirlik işi için sözleşme imzalamaya davet etmişti. İstanbul Ulaşım daha evvel de Pakistan’ın Penjap eyaletinin Lahor şehrinde yakın zamanda işletmeye açılmış olan metrobüs hattının projelerini hazırlamıştı.

Medine danışmanlık işi kapsamında;

Medine-i Münevvere şehrinin bütün toplu taşıma sisteminin modellenmesi; metro sistemine ait yapım ihalesi projelerinin hazırlanması; metro projesinin finansmanı, hattın inşası, işletmesi ve bakımı konusunda alternatif metotların karşılaştırılmalı değerlendirmesi; ve ihale dokümanlarının hazırlanması gibi mühendislik ve müşavirlik konuları bulunuyor.

Söz konusu metro hattı Medine şehri için ilk kent içi raylı sistem uygulaması olacak olup, hattın yaklaşık 30 km uzunluktaki ilk aşaması, Medine Prens Muhammed Bin Abdulaziz Uluslararası Havalimanı ve Dhul-Hulaifah (Mikat Camii) arası için projelendirilecek. Ayrıca bu metro hattı, Peygamber Efendimizin Mescidi yakınından ve Mekke ile Medine arasına inşa edilen Haremeyn Hızlı Tren Hattı’nın istasyonu yanından geçmektedir.

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JBL covers Prophet’s Mosque piazza

30 Apr 2013

SAUDI ARABIA: A column line array system from JBL has been installed to cover the piazza at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. The project was handled by audio consultant Ahmad Tekin Topuzdag who has served as the sound system manager for the two holy mosques for over a decade.

‘Due to extreme sun and heat, a few years back the entire piazza of Prophet’s Mosque was installed with 250 26m x 26m umbrella-like canopies, designed by SL-Rasch GmbH. Altec Lancing Horn speakers were already installed around the perimeter of the mosque to cover the piazza and surrounding areas,’ explained Mr Topuzdag. ‘However, after the installation of the new shades, the sound from the horn speakers was blocked and reflected by the new umbrellas.’

The degradation of the sound quality in this area was noticed by officials from the mosque, and an acoustic study was requested to find a temporary solution and improve the sound in general in this area. ‘The 73 horn speakers installed around perimeter had a limited frequency response of 500Hz to 10KHz,’ recalled Mr Topuzdag. ‘Therefore, Topuzdag Acoustic Consultancy took the opportunity to implement a much better frequency response in the piazza with a new sound reinforcement system.’

The initial measurements showed that the 257,000 sq-m piazza would require a further 130,000W to provide a uniform 84dBA coverage throughout. With this in mind, Mr Topuzdag designed a new system based around products from Harman Professional.

The new system centres on 140 JBL CBT 70J-1 line array column speakers with a further 85 CBT 70JE-1 extensions to provide extended bass response. ‘The JBL CBT 70J-1 series speakers have a perfect frequency response of 60Hz -20kHz as well as J shaped curving. This gives the speaker unique passive asymmetrical coverage resulting in even front to back SPLs,’ explained Mr Topuzdag. ‘Due to this, those pilgrims standing virtually underneath the cabinets do not get the disturbingly loud sound that you would expect from such powerful speakers.

‘However, the open area needed a punchier sound, therefore an additional +3dB in the 100Hz to 400Hz frequency range was required,’ continues Mr Topuzdag. ‘This was solved by adding 85 JBL CBT 70JE-1 woofers to the system.’

The 225 JBL CBT speakers are powered by 32 Crown CDi 6000 amplifiers. ‘The overall power of the system is almost 160,000W which actually exceeds power requirements of the speakers,’ said Mr Topuzdag. ‘However, this extra power was required to compensate for loss of power over long cable runs. In certain areas we had to lay 500m of cable to reach some speaker locations.’

The entire system is controlled by a single BSS Blu 160 signal processor. According to Mr Topuzdag, this equipment was particularly useful when it came to using different delays for different speakers.

The final part of the system is 225 140V/600W custom made line matching transformers from Edcor. ‘Each speaker had to pair with an Edcor custom made transformer to match the high amplifier voltage output,’ explains Mr Topuzdag. ‘With such great distances we couldn’t use the speaker’s native 8-ohm impedance.’

The result the new system has produced is something Mr Topuzdag is clearly very proud of. ‘Once the system was set and we went live, the result was amazing. Not only did we have uniform SPLs throughout the mosque’s piazza, we also achieved a perfect balance of the entire frequency range,’ he smiles. ‘As a result we now have an STI better than 0.7 (for male weighting) in many locations. In fact, outside the mosque now sounds better than inside thanks to the JBL CBT 70JE-1 woofers. This is especially true with bass preacher Sheikh Ali Hudayfe and baritone preacher Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al Qasim performing.’

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After the Grand Mosque,

Waskita seek renovation of Masjid Nabawi


2 May 2013

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PT Waskita Karya Tbk (WSKT) continue to expand my business overseas. After getting one of Waskita projects abroad by renovating the Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia, this time owned the construction company to renovate the project targeting the Prophet's Mosque, Saudi Arabia.

Director of Waskita, M Choliq, said so far Waskita relationship with Bin Laden as the prime contractor is very good so it can do a lot of projects in the Middle East in the past five years.

"This project will further make the Waskita good reputation in the Middle East in addition to profit from this prestigious project," said M Choliq in Building Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI), Jakarta, Thursday (2/5).

Meanwhile, Director of operations II Clairvoyant Agus Sugiono optimistic to get this project, the article of the expansion project for Muslims holy mosque has been used as a royal prerogative delegated to the Bin Laden Group.

"Hopefully the government of Saudi Arabia immediately implemented in the near future," he said.

So far the company has always considered both project work along with the bin Laden group with a sub-contractor. For instance, Waskita has managed to build Riyadh Riyadh University and the Financial District. Meanwhile, for the long-term renovation project is still ongoing and the Grand Mosque started in the first section.

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At the historic Miqat Mosque


The Miqat Mosque was built by Caliph Umar bin Abdulaziz when he was the prince of Madinah. It was very small,
then built with mud and stones, until late King Abdul Aziz ordered it to be expanded and renewed.

Wednesday 17 October 2012

MADINAH: The Miqat Mosque, also called Aaba Ali or Bir Ali, is one of the most noticeable spots in Madinah. It is the station for pilgrims from the Prophet’s city and pilgrims passing through it. At this place, they wear their ihram, the two pieces of white cloth that each male pilgrim must wear prior to performing Haj or Umrah, and make niyah, the intention of performing Haj or Umrah in Makkah.

This mosque has many names, such as Miqat, Aaba Ali, Bir Ali, Al-Shajarah Mosque (tree mosque) and Al-Mu’ris Mosque.

The mosque is located within the blessed Aqeeq Valley and is 14 kilometers away from the Prophet’s Mosque.

The mosque was built by the Caliph Umar bin Abdulaziz when he was prince of Madinah and renewed during the Abbassid and Ottoman eras.

It was very small, then built with mud and stones, until late King Abdul Aziz ordered it to be expanded and renewed.

With the increasing number of pilgrims every year, the mosque became a large station for pilgrims. It is built now on 6,000 sq. meters and consists of two groups of corridors separated by a wide, open space. It can accommodate up to 5,000 persons.

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IHG Opens Madinah’s First Crowne Plaza Hotel


Madinah, Saudi Arabia, 23 April 2013

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the largest international hotel group in Saudi Arabia both by number of rooms and number of hotels, has opened Crowne Plaza Madinah today. The opening marks the first Crowne Plaza hotel in the Holy City.

Crowne Plaza Madinah is located in the centre of Madinah with 506 stylish rooms and suites on offer to guests, including 259 twin standard rooms and 49 king standard rooms. Just steps away is Masjid Nabawi, the second holiest site in Islam and one of the largest mosques in the world, making the hotel ideal for religious travellers.

The hotel is set to become a hub for events, meetings and conferences with state-of-the-art facilities at the disposal of corporate travellers. The hotel features a multi-functional business centre, five fully-equipped meeting rooms and free internet access throughout the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Madinah also presents a variety of cuisines to suit every palate. Al Rawdha, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, will feature delicacies from the Middle East, Indonesia and India, while Orchid Café will present a combination of traditional and international specialities. Gastronomic delights await diners at Fish Market, which treats guests to a spectacular seafood dining experience.

Mostafa Blanco, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Madinah, commented: "With the one of the best locations in the Holy City of Madinah, we are confident that Crowne Plaza Madinah is the perfect destination, not only for religious travellers, but also for business and leisure guests. Our ideal location, combined with fantastic facilities and the best service that the hospitality industry has to offer, means that we are offering guests the perfect package. We look forward to a busy opening.”

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG, added: “We have a long history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, having opened our first hotel in the country in 1975, and we’re proud of our commitment to the country. This will be our fourth Crowne Plaza in Saudi Arabia and we are confident that, like its sister hotels, it will enjoy resounding success.”

IHG is currently the largest international hotel company in Saudi Arabia, both by number of hotels (23) and by number of rooms (5,600). Crowne Plaza Madinah is the fourth IHG hotel in the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah, alongside three InterContinental hotels: InterContinental Dar Al Iman, InterContinental Dar Al Hijra and InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid.

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Umrah-Plus visas

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Saudi Arabia will relax visa rules to allow foreigners to visit certain Islamic and historical sites. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, Chairman, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, said that from this year Saudi would issue ‘Umrah-Plus’ visas, which would permit supervised tours of other sites to those visiting the country on Islamic pilgrimages, a report in arabianbusiness.com stated. The conservative Gulf kingdom currently does not issue tourist visas to travellers.

“The month-long visa can also be used for tourism. What changed is that we’re now moving to Islamic history sites to revive those to make them more presentable and to create museums and experiences,” Prince Al Saud said. He added that the Saudi government was investing “a lot of money” in building and renovating about 30 museums and Islam-themed attractions in Makkah and Medinah. “There are a lot of heritage hotels now being constructed in small villages with mud and stone. We’re serious about reigniting the heritage of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Last year the country saw tourism revenues rise ten per cent to SR (Saudi Riyal) 61.8 billion, the majority of which is derived from Islamic pilgrimages and visitors from other GCC nations, who do not require visas.

Prince Al Saud said that tourism was a major contributor to the country’s efforts to increase employment among nationals. “Tourism is the second most Saudiazed economic sector, with 28 per cent. That’s big for a sector that is new and not yet been fully supported. We’re serious about making tourism a major player in the economy and also in job creation, and keeping Saudis in Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Prince Al Saud hoped that the country would be able to emulate some of Dubai’s success in becoming an East to West travel hub. “People can stop, perform Umrah, and connect from Madinah or from Makkah. We also connect from airports like Riyadh, and Ha’il and Jizan for cargo and support,” he said. “We have the added advantage of the location of Saudi Arabia, the accessibility of Saudi Arabia, the airports, the abundance of fuel, and the services,” he said.

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Saudi tourism may get a boost from easing of visa rules

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Dubai: Saudi Arabia may soon drop its barriers to GCC residents that want to explore other areas of the kingdom. “Soon, we will announce new visa packages for travellers to the kingdom,” said Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), during a forum at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on Tuesday.

He added that visitors to Makkah and Madinah “want to visit more of the country”.

Saudi Arabia issues a number of visas to non-GCC nationals, designed for the purposes of business, family visits, Umrah and Haj, among others. Yet, there are no tourism visas in the kingdom.

While the exact time of when these visa packages will be launched remains unknown, travellers can expect something else in the short term. Due to be implemented in late December this year is the Umrah Plus programme, which allows travellers to go on trips to other cities in the country after they perform Umrah, according to Abdullah S. Al Jehani, vice-president for marketing and programmes at SCTA.

This leaves non-Muslim visitors with fewer options. Their entry is limited to business engagements, Al Jehani said.

Saudi Arabia’s marketing efforts are targeted at GCC countries, its strongest international markets, as well as nationals and residents of the kingdom, according to Al Jehani.

While the country welcomes millions of pilgrims every year, Islamic tourism is not Saudi Arabia’s only focus. “We focus our marketing on Saudi Arabia’s business activities, such as exhibitions, and antiquities,” he said.

The capital city Riyadh is home to a number of trade exhibitions. The Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) has organised more than 330 shows in the last 30 years, across different sectors, including food and beverages, automotives and energy, and has attracted international participants from over 40 countries.

Business tourism in the kingdom has shown modest growth over the last few years. “Business tourism in the country is growing at a rate of four per cent year-on-year, and it is expected to reach double-digits in the next two to three years.” Al Jehani said. He added that there were more than two million business trips in Saudi Arabia last year.

Meanwhile, the country’s antiquities or cultural artifacts are being emphasised in the country’s marketing efforts. The SCTA, which participated at ATM this week, exhibited various products that cities across Saudi Arabia have to offer. The kingdom is expected to host 15.8 million tourists by 2014, according to Business Monitor International (BMI), an international industry consultant.

The hospitality sector is showing strong signs of growth to keep up with rising inflow of tourists. Around 178,870 hotel rooms are expected to be delivered in Saudi Arabia by 2017, with occupancy rates rising to 63 per cent, according to BMI. There are several hotel brands in the country, including Rotana, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Accor.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia has been ramping up efforts in developing its infrastructure, with major rail and road projects expected to be delivered in the coming years.

Saudi Arabia has 35 airports that are being developed, expanded or upgraded. These will have a combined capacity of handling 82 million passengers by 2016.

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Madinah needs 500 hotels in five years

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Authorities in Madinah are faced with the pressing issue of constructing 500 hotels within the span of five years to avoid a hospitality crisis.

Madinah is expected to attract 1 million visitors per month upon the completion of the expansion work at the airport and the Prophet’s Mosque, according to a board member at the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

“Around 33,000 visitors come to Madinah everyday, which amounts to almost 1 million tourists per month. According to these figures, we will have a serious predicament unless we prepare ourselves in advance,” said Abdul Ghani Al-Ansari, the MCCI member. Al-Ansari explained that the authorities have two options to tackle this issue: To rapidly finalize the compensations of the expropriated properties from around the mosque and set a mechanism to ensure that the compensation money is used to build new hotels.

The other option is to establish four or five companies, using the funds that would be allocated for the compensations, making the owners of the expropriated properties investors in the hospitality projects.

He also revealed that 20 out of 214 hotels, which lie around the circumference of the Prophet’s Mosque, will be demolished for smooth construction of the expansion projects. Madinah has 17 percent of the total number of hotels in the Kingdom, in addition to 30 furnished apartment units, according to a report issued earlier by the MCCI.

Madinah has nine five-star, 11 four-star and 44 three-star hotels. While there are five furnished units ranked as second tier accommodations, and 10 units categorized as third class in the city.

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Work progress at Prophet's Mosque

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Madinah Events as Capital of Islamic Culture 2013

Madinah Governor Opens Educational Complex And Museum


Madinah, Rajab 5, 1434, May 15, 2013, SPA

Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah region and Chairman of Supreme Committee of Madinah Events as Capital of Islamic Culture 2013, opened here yesterday Dar Al-Qalam Complex and Educational Museum within the framework of Madinah events.

The Prince toured Dar Al-Qalam Complex which contains Institute of Holy Quran Memorization, Institute of Arabic Calligraphy, and historical documents relating to education in Madinah region for more than 80 years.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education, Minister of Transport Dr. Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraiseri, President of Islamic Development Bank Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Ali, and a number of officials.

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An engineering firm to develop Miqat mosque

الخطري : مكتب هندسي لتطوير مسجد ميقات ذي الحليفة

14 May 2013

طيبة اليوم - حسام الضفيان - المدينة :

كشف الدكتور محمد الأمين بن خطري مدير عام فرع وزارة الشؤون الإسلامية بمنطقة المدينة المنورة للمدينة عن تعاقد فرع الوزارة مع أحد المكاتب الهندسية لتنفيذ عملية دراسة تطوير مسجد ميقات ذي الحليفة، مؤكدًا تسليم الموقع للمكتب وتكليفه بمراجعة هيئة تطوير المدينة المنورة والتنسيق معها للعمل وفق انسجام الأعمال الموكلة للمكتب الهندسي مع ما تقوم به الهيئة من أعمال تطويرية للمنطقة الحضرية حول المسجد.

ويأتى القرار تجاوبًا مع ما نشرته صحيفة "المدينة" ـ تحت عنوان (مسجد الميقات وأخطاء المصممين) بقلم الكاتب فؤاد كابلي في تاريخ 2/5/1434 هـ والمتضمن الدعوة لإعادة إنشاء مئذنة مسجد ميقات ذي الحليفة بالمدينة المنورة وإضافة أربع مآذن للمسجد

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Google translation: 14 May 2013

Revealed Dr Mohamed Lamine Ben Khatri general manager Branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Madinah of the city from contracting branch ministry with a engineering offices to carry out a study of the development of Miqat mosque with allies, confirming delivery location for the office and charged with reviewing the development of the city of Madinah and coordination with them to work according to the harmony of the work assigned to engineering office with what the body is doing developmental work of the urban area around the mosque.

The decision comes in response to what was published by the newspaper "city" under the title (Miqat Mosque and errors designers) By the writer Fouad Kabli in dated 02/05/1434, containing the call to re-create the minaret of Miqat mosque allied with Madinah and add four minarets of the mosque.

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Sermons at holy mosques in English too


Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, left, and Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail at the signing ceremony.

Friday 17 May 2013

Sermons delivered at the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah will soon be translated into English for the benefit of millions of non-Arabic speakers around the world.

The General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMIU) have signed an agreement to facilitate the English semons. The university will supervise the translations of the sermons and lessons delivered at the Two Holy Mosques.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, and Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, IMIU’s rector, signed the deal. According to the Dean of Languages and Translation at IMIU, 76 sermons totaling 1,027 pages have been compiled so far.

Al-Sudais thanked the Saudi leadership and the university for supporting the project which would spread the message of Islam across the world.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/451897

Speeches by the two harams preachers
translate into many languages


Riyadh, Rajab 5, 1434, May 15, 2013, SPA

The General Administration for the two holy mosques and Riyadh-based Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University signed a memorandum of understanding today assigning the second party to translate from Arabic into a number of living languages the speeches delivered by the two harams preachers in the past and those to be delivered in future.

Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, General President of the General Presidency of the two holy mosques affairs, Dr. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Abal-Khail, Rector of Imam university, and a number of prominent clergies , university professors and administrators attended the event.

The project, which has already started some time ago, saw the translation of as many as 76 speeches by a 15-member translation team of experts.

An official at the university said the process will pass through a number of steps including, translation, proofreading, editing, coordination, revision and using computer to save the material.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/print.php?id=1110819
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4 million Umrah visas issued

Saturday 18 May 2013

The Ministry of Haj has issued 4 million Umrah visas this year, with just over 3 million pilgrims from 70 countries having already visited the Kingdom.

The ministry’s spokesperson Ali Mohammed Al-Ghamdi said yesterday that 3,145,506 pilgrims have so far performed Umrah. Six million pilgrims are expected this year, he added.

He said pilgrims’ spending accounts for 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of Saudi Arabia. In 2012, Haj and Umrah pilgrims spent SR 62 billion, a 10 percent increase from 2011.

Each pilgrim spends between SR 7,000 and SR 15,000, with the lion’s share on accommodation, food, drinks, gifts and phone calls.

Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran send the most Umrah pilgrims to the Kingdom.

The current Umrah season began on Dec. 14 last year and will last until the end of Ramadan in the first week of August.

With the increasing numbers of Umrah pilgrims, the Haj Ministry is planning a fully integrated electronic visa system incorporating Saudi missions abroad. The main aim of electronic integration is to make sure pilgrims are provided services promised by tour operators.

There has been a drastic reduction in Umrah pilgrims overstaying their visas. The Kingdom last year issued 5.5 million visas with only 25,000 people not returning to their home countries.

Pakistan had the most overstayers at 9,752 pilgrims, followed by Egypt, Syria and Algeria.

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