Diplomatic delegation experience Arab heritage at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz festival

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Diplomats taking a tour at the Souq Okaz festival in Taif on Friday. (SPA)
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Diplomats taking a tour at the Souq Okaz festival in Taif on Friday. (SPA)
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Diplomats taking a tour at the Souq Okaz festival in Taif on Friday. (SPA)
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Diplomats taking a tour at the Souq Okaz festival in Taif on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 01 September 2019

Diplomatic delegation experience Arab heritage at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz festival

TAIF: A delegation of 60 diplomats and their families visited the 13th edition of Souq Okaz as part of the Taif Season on Friday. The delegation was accompanied by Hani bin Abdul Wahab Kashif, chief of protocol at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

The trip is a part of a series of visits organized by the ministry to introduce diplomats to the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.




Diplomats are taken for a ride at Souq Okaz. (SPA)

The delegation visited Okaz Avenue, where they enjoyed the famous Knights of Okaz show, works by Mu’Allaqat poets and crafts from the historical markets.

They also dropped by the Arab Neighborhood, which hosts 11 Arab countries displaying their cultural heritage through live shows, museums and exhibitions. 


Saudi Arabia reopens Prophet’s Mosque two months after outbreak

Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi Arabia reopens Prophet’s Mosque two months after outbreak

  • All other places of worship, except for those in Makkah, also opened on Sunday
  • Facilities had been closed down as part of the Kingdom’s anti-virus program 

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia re-opened the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Sunday, after closing it down for two months as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus across the country.
“Sheikh Ali Hudaify leading Fajr Salah (Morning Prayer) in Masjid Al Nabawi after opening,” a post on the official Twitter handle of Haramain Sharifain or the Two Holy Mosques said on Sunday, adding that all mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, had been opened for “believers with precautionary measures.”
It follows an announcement on Friday by the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, who spoke about the measures taken by the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers.
“Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” he said.
Another tweet shared by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that they had completed the preparations “to reopen 90,000 mosques across the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, after the approval of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to lift the suspension of Friday and congregational prayers in all mosques.”