Two Years After: Saudi Arabia removes barriers around Kaaba
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, announced on Tuesday the lifting of the removal of the preventive barriers around the Holy Kaaba.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued a royal order in this regard, he said while noting that this move coincided with the start of the new Umrah season.
Sheikh Al-Sudais emphasized that this decision embodies the Saudi leadership’s keenness on facilitating pilgrims and visitors of the Grand Mosque to perform their rituals in a safe and reassuring spiritual ambiance, especially with a growing inflow of pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque on the occasion of the beginning of the new Umrah season.
“The presidency is working with all the sectors operating at the Grand Mosque to receive pilgrims and provide them with all services and facilities,” Sheikh Al-Sudais said. He said that the presidency is working with all the concerned sectors operating at the Grand Mosque to receive pilgrims and provide all services to them in accordance with the generous aspirations of the wise leadership.”
It is noteworthy that the presidency placed barriers around the Holy Kaaba on July 1, 2020, and that is in implementation of the instructions of the National Center for the Prevention of Coronavirus as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the pandemic. It also denied permission for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and the visitors from touching or kissing the Kaaba and the Hajar Al-Aswad (the Black Stone).