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Holy Kaaba to get new apparel on Arafat Day
Tuesday October 8, 2013 1:12 AM, IINA

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, on Sunday handed over the Kaaba kiswa (apparel) to Abdul Qader Al-Shaibi, keeper of the Kaaba.

It will be put on the Holy Kaaba on October 14, the Arafat Day (Dul Hijja 9).

The Shaibi family has been the keeper of the Kaaba key for over 15 centuries.

They are responsible for the maintenance of the Kaaba, including opening and closing its doors, cleaning, the annual draping and the reception of visitors inside the Kaaba.

The Kiswa, valued at SR20 million, is made of pure natural silk dyed in black.

It is fourteen meters high.

On the top third segment of the cloth lies the Kiswa belt measuring, ninety-five centimeters in width and forty-five meters in length.

It consists of sixteen pieces and surrounds the Kaaba from all sides.

The belt is embroidered with silver threads covered with gold.

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