The new Kiswah [covering] for the Holy Ka'aba will be handed over to the Chief Saden [servant] of the Holy Mosques tomorrow, March 18, 1999. The Kiswah is made of pure black silk, 450 kilograms of which were used in its manufacture. Designed in five pieces to cover all the walls and the door of the Ka'aba, it is 14 meters in height, and 47 meters in length, with a 95-centimeter-wide band of phrases from the Holy Qur'an embroidered in gold. Its total cost is estimated at SR 17 million (U.S. $ 4.5 million) including material and labor.
At the ceremony tomorrow, Governor of Makkah Province Prince Majed Ibn Abdul Aziz, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, will wash the Holy Ka'aba, as is customary every year prior to the annual Hajj pilgrimage.