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Saudi Arabia: Umrah in ramadan 2015 with 100 K Capacity

The expansion of the mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, will be ready this Ramadan, with a capacity for 100,000 worshippers an hour.

This was confirmed on Friday by Sultan Al-Qurashi, director of project management at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, according to a report in Aleqtesadiah.

The completed work would also include the third phase of the project such as the floors of the basement, ground and first floor. Some areas on the north side of the Grand Mosque would also be completed including squares, praying areas and toilets.

“We are currently working on utility buildings, which include government offices, the operations room, the headquarters of the security authorities, health department, Red Crescent, Civil Defense, and other related offices. About 95 percent of such buildings have been completed,” Al-Qurashi said.

Saudi Arabia: The kingdom to boost the handicraft sector

Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi and Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, with officials after signing the agreement to develop the handicraft industry. (AN photo)

The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has signed an agreement to boost the handicraft sector. 

The National Handicraft Program, known as Bari, is also involved in the initiative to raise

Saudi Arabia to be center of medical excellence

Saudi Arabia is well on its way to becoming an impressive center known for excellence in health care, based on the vision of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz,according to an American healthcare architect.

“Our firm, 'RTL Associates', has designed three medical cities in the Kingdom, all of which harbor the aim of delivering comprehensive health care to Saudi citizens,”

said Ousama Mortada on the sidelines of the Saudi-American Healthcare Forum at Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia: One of the largest producers of petrochemicals


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia with a production capacity of around 87 million tons per annum continued to maintain its leading position as one of the largest producers of petrochemicals.

But lower crude prices’ negative impact on the petrochemical prices was likely to remain in force by the end of first quarter-2015.

Saudi Arabia: Low-cost Haj quota benefit 50 K pilgrims

Fifty thousand domestic pilgrims will benefit from the government’s low-cost Haj service this year, said Saad Al-Qurashi, chairman of the Haj and

Umrah Committee at Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Monday.

“There will be seven categories in the low-cost Haj service with prices ranging between SR3,000 and SR5,000,” Al-Qurashi told Arab News. During the past three years, the number of pilgrims benefiting from the service