2007 News Story

New kiswa to be presented tomorrow

The new kiswa (cover) for the Holy Ka’abah will be presented tomorrow to the leading keeper of the Ka’abah, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheibi. President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque Sheikh Saleh Al-Hussein will make the annual presentation in a ceremony in Makkah.

The kiswa consists of five pieces of pure silk; four pieces cover each side of the Ka’abah, while the fifth piece covers its door.  Manufactured by the Kiswa Factory near Makkah at a cost of $5.3 million, the new kiswa is 42 feet high, 141 feet wide and weighs nearly 400 pounds.