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AlUla’s Magnificent Maraya Concert Hall Makes it to Guinness World Records

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heritage hub in the Middle East following the declaration of AlUla

AlUla’s magnificent architectural wonder, the Maraya Concert Hall, that witnessed recently a number of international performances, has entered the Guinness World Records for being the world’s largest mirror-clad building.

The architectural feat is located 22 km away from Al-Hijr Archeological Site, and it showcases a mirage effect of its surrounding environment. The Maraya hall has been placed as part of the ‘Winter at Tantora‘ festival.

Commenting on the recognition, the marketing director at Guardian Glass, Jasmin Hodzic, said: “We are proud to have been a catalyst for the Guinness World Records title for Maraya Concert Hall as the world’s largest mirror-clad building.”

“The challenges posed by the terrain and time frame were in front of us, but we proceeded and customized our interior glass product, Guardian UltraMirror, expanding its capability for use externally.

“With this development, we have created a new value-added product for the construction and architecture industry that meets the quality standard of challenging weather conditions.” Hodzic added.

The unique design of the hall aims at contributing to Saudi Arabia’s tourism by creating a new heritage hub in the Middle East following the declaration of AlUla as a UNESCO heritage site.

 

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What You Need to Know About This Year’s Hajj’s Procedures & Conditions

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The Kingdom just announced that Hajj will be held after all this year for citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia only, here are all the procedures and conditions that the kingdom will follow in performing the Hajj this year.

Saudi Minister of Hajj Muhammad Saleh bin Taher announced during a press conference held on June 23 that precautionary measures and protocols have been set by the Supreme Hajj Committee to organize a safe pilgrimage this year under the supervision of the Saudi Ministry of Health.

He also expressed the Kingdom’s keenness in enabling Muslims to perform Hajj rituals, despite the current outbreak of the coronavirus.

Bin Taher added that Hajj this year will be performed without any overcrowding, assuring that the needed social distance will be maintained in addition to more precautionary measures.

“It may be a thousand pilgrims or slightly more,” the minister said.

Saudi Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah said that only those under the age of 65 will be allowed to perform Hajj, those who don’t suffer from any chronic diseases.

Rabiah said that all pilgrims will undergo a coronavirus test before entering the holy sites and will stay in a 14-day house quarantine after performing the rituals.

Security personnel, workers at the holy sites, and the health practitioners serving the pilgrims will all have to undergo these tests.

“A hospital has been set up at every site in anticipation of any emergency, in addition to a health center at Mount Arafat,” he said.

Pilgrims will also be accompanied by ambulances and medical personnel as they perform the rites.

Health Minister Salih also affirmed that due to the current threats imposed by the pandemic, no pilgrims from outside the kingdom will be allowed to participate in the Hajj this year.

On the criteria for selecting pilgrims, the Saudi minister of Hajj and Umrah said, “We will coordinate with diplomatic missions to register their pilgrims.”

We wish all pilgrims a safe Hajj and may god watch over them.

 

 

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The Kingdom Lifted the Curfew Across the Country and Here’s What You Need to Know

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Saudi Arabia has lifted the curfew today across the country after an announcement from the Interior Ministry last night.

The curfew will be lifted across the country, including the cities of Makkah and Jeddah where residents were allowed to leave their homes for necessities only.

This will allow economic and commercial activities to operate once again but on the condition that they strictly adhere to precautionary measures, the ministry said.

Not only that, but also the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has allowed the opening of men’s barbershops and women’s beauty salons.

The ministry is also urging citizens and residents to download both the applications “Tabaud” and “Tawakkalna” in order to receive the latest health instructions about coronavirus.

The ministry also stressed that social distancing measures must be strictly obeyed and that gatherings of more than 50 people are strictly prohibited, the ministry added.

Individuals must wear a mask at all times when they are out in public and those who shall violate any of the preventative measures will be penalized, the ministry warned.

Umrah pilgrimage and visits to holy sites remain suspended.

International flights remain suspended, as well as all travel activities through sea and land entry-exit points, until further notice.

 

 

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Tabaud App: An App To Alert People About Coronavirus Patients

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The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) has launched a new application called “Tabaud,” as part of their continuous efforts in limiting the spread of the virus.

The “Tabaud” application works on notifying those who got in contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

The app works by sending camouflaged identifiers data to smart phone users using the same application, which were registered during the contact with infected people with coronavirus.

The application included the date of the infected people devices, but no worries, it goes in accordance with the policies that the two international companies (Google and Apple) devised, for maintaining the full privacy of users.

The app also allows users to receive direct notification in case any registered infected person has been detected, in the aim of requesting direct medical assistance from the Ministry of Health.

According to the health system and its implementing regulations in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health has approved health standards on which the “Tabaud” application has been developed.

We hope that with all the efforts that are being exerted to curb this virus, it will eventually help limit the number of infections and hopefully bring this to an end soon.

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