2003 News Story

Kiswah handed over; Taif facilities inspected; fireproof tents in place for 1423 Hajj

Yesterday the Kiswah (covering) for the Holy Ka'abah in the Grand Mosque in Makkah was handed over to the Ka'abah's chief sadin (servant) Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheibias, as is customary every year. The covering is made of pure black silk, and is decorated in gold thread with verses from the Holy Qur'an. It is manufactured by 200 trained Saudi workers at a special factory in Makkah.

Minister of Health Dr. Osama Shobokshi made an inspection tour in Taif yesterday of a number of health facilities, including the health center of Al-Hada which serves the citizens of the quarter as well as the pilgrims who pass through the area. Dr. Shobokshi also visited the kidney center set up by the Makkah charitable women's committee under the patronage of Princess Sara Al-Anqari, wife of Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz.

Meanwhile, the fireproof tents project in Mina has been completed for the upcoming Hajj season. The project was implemented by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in three phases, and now spreads over an area of 2.5 million square meters. Used in the preparation of the tents were around 3.88 million meters of fireproof material. The tents are equipped with 42,000 air conditioners, 240,000 electric lamps and 170,000 fire extinguishers.