Saudi Arabia has stationed women police officers on duty for the first time in history at Makkah’s Grand mosque. The Saudi Ministry of Interior shared photos of female security officers patrolling the compound of the mosque.
Seeing the State's guest and his accompanying delegation off at the Presidential Terminal of Abu Dhabi International Airport, were Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and a number of officials.
The General President of the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque Affairs Sheikh Dr Abdurrahman Bin Abdulaziz Al Sudais said the decision came following a royal order by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Sheikh Mohamed and Gates also spoke about the possibility of intensifying cooperation and joint work between UAE’s humanitarian institutions and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and support the efforts of the international community, governments and societies to limit its spread.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MoPA), in coordination with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, said that Taraweeh prayers would be streamed live from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on official television channels and radio stations in the country throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has recently documented the Black Stone at the Holy Kaaba inside Grand Mosque using the technique of stacked panoramic focus.
Saudi authorities raised the lower part of the covering of the Kaaba by about three meters, and covered the raised part with a white cotton cloth on all four sides.
Pictures and footage on Sunday showed people praying side by side, making straight rows of worshippers that are formations revered in performing Muslim prayers, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year.
The ministry explained that it will be limited to those who received two doses of the virus vaccine approved in the Kingdom, and the cases exempted from taking the vaccine, as shown by the “Tawakkalna” application.