My Saudi friend, Ghada just left my house and related to me her experience last week while in *The Kingdom Mall during the evacuation after a bomb threat. She said that after her family finished shopping (4 kids, hubby, maid) they went to McDonald’s in the Food Court and had just sat down to eat when cops rushed in and told everyone to get out quickly. She said some were saying it was a fire and others said it was a bomb. Children were crying, and the police were even panicked and not sure what to do.

She said that because of her weight problem and trouble with walking, she begged her husband to take the kids and get out. He refused to leave her. He said they would all stay together. She told him that she didn’t think she could make it. She repored being  anxious and  reminded of death and the last day, but was more concerned for the safety of her children.

Alhamduillah they all made it out safely, and the bomb threat was a hoax.

*Kingdom Tower, also known as Burj Al-Mamlaka is the 45th tallest building in the world. It houses the second highest mosque in the world after the one in Burj Khalifa.

The tower has 99 floors excluding the four basement levels. It is also the headquarters of the Kingdom Holding Company.

The 100-meter long skybridge atop the tower, at a height of 297 meters, contains a public observation deck that gives a view of the entire city.