Holy Kaaba undergoes routine maintenance work

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia announced on Monday, September 09, 2019 that it has completed the periodic work for the maintenance of the Kaaba. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2019

Holy Kaaba undergoes routine maintenance work

  • Authorities use latest technology and materials for the purpose
  • Move to ensure upkeep of site after 2.5mn pilgrims performed Hajj this year

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque have completed the maintenance work of the holy Kaaba at the end of the Hajj season this year, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said in a statement released on Monday.
The routine maintenance work is part of a directive issued by King Salman and included the “treatment of the edges and stone walls in some areas...using customized materials to ensure the safety of the Kaaba.”
The General Directorate of Projects assigned for the task also fixed the rings which hold the Kaaba cover in place.
“Presidency uses the latest technology and the best materials with international standards in its implementation of the maintenance of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque,” the statement added.
More than 2.5 million pilgrims performed Hajj in August this year, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which is in the process of issuing 10 million visas for this year’s Umrah season.
Elaborate arrangements are in place to facilitate pilgrims, including a shuttle train service which transported more than 360,000 pilgrims during the Hajj season in Makkah.

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 17 September 2019

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA