Piece of Kiswah presented to President Waheed by King Abdullah

Visitors to the president’s official residence of Muleeaage during Sunday’s Eid celebrations were also able to see a piece of the Kiswah given to the Maldives by King Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez, according to local media.

The Kiswah is the cloth used to cover the Kaaba in Mecca. It is an annual tradition for the 658 metre squared silk cloth, embroidered with gold thread, to be cut into pieces and distributed to Muslim organisations and visiting dignitaries.

The Saudi Arabian royal gave the item to President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan during his recent visit to the country for the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, Sun Online has reported.