Crown prince to Saudis: I’m one of you

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Updated 21 December 2012
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Crown prince to Saudis: I’m one of you

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has highlighted the role of Saudis in the Kingdom’s history and development and urged them to stand united. “This country of yours is from you and you are from it,” he said.
Addressing a ceremony in Riyadh on Tuesday night after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Built Heritage, Prince Salman said: “This state was formed from the soil all over this nation.”
The crown prince said he attended the ceremony as “one of you and I feel what you feel.” He said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is enjoying good health and he thanked Saudis for their good feelings toward their king.
The ceremony was held at Murabba Palace. “This was the house of King Abdul Aziz. When we were children we lived here,” he said, adding that it was the starting point of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The crown prince received the award from Prince Mohammed bin Saad, deputy governor of Riyadh and Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTA.
On his arrival at the venue, the crown prince was received by Prince Mohammed bin Saad and Prince Sultan.
The crown prince then toured an exhibition held on the sidelines of the ceremony, under the title “Salman bin Abdulaziz: Achievements in the Domain of Urban Heritage.”
Prince Sultan thanked the crown prince for receiving the award. The lifetime award is given by Thurath charitable society every three years to outstanding personalities for their contributions to built heritage, following certain criteria.
“Prince Salman was given the award considering his contributions to develop Riyadh and preserve its built heritage when he was the region’s governor,” the SCTA chief said.
“What Prince Salman said during the ceremony about King Abdullah and the built heritage is significant. The built heritage reflects the Kingdom’s history and efforts made by King Abdul Aziz to unify the country,” said Prince Sultan after the ceremony.
Prince Sultan said young Saudi men and women could learn a lot about the Kingdom’s history from its built heritage. “Our youngsters should know that our Kingdom was established after big struggles,” he added.
Meanwhile, Riyadh Mayor Abdullah Al-Muqbil presented a book published by the mayoralty on the occasion, highlighting the crown prince’s contributions for the city’s development.
Meanwhile, the National Architectural Heritage Center of SCTA and the Faculty of Tourism and Antiquities of King Saud University signed here yesterday a cooperation agreement in the field of management of architectural heritage.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Prince Sultan and KSU Rector Badran bin Abdul Rahman Al-Omar.
The agreement will strengthen cooperation between the two sides in the fields of survey, documentation of architectural heritage sites and buildings and registering them in the commission's database of national digital records, training, scientific researches, exchanges of experiences and the organization of conferences and scientific seminars regarding architectural heritage and its development.


Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 May 2018
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Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The renovation of historic sites across Saudi Arabia has breathed life back to several mosques this Ramadan, as worshippers are now able to hold prayers on their premises.
Pictures from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) showed Muslims performing Taraweeh prayers Saturday night at some of these historic mosques, including the Me’mar mosque in Jeddah, a recently renovated mosque inaugurated last Tuesday by Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
The renovation projects aim to rehabilitate historic mosques as part of its partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. As part of the project, 25 historic mosques have been renovated so far across the Kingdom.
The projects were launched in historic areas, such as Jeddah, Madinah, central Riyadh, and Dariyah.
Prince Sultan announced that King Salman has donated the renovation costs of Al-Hanafi mosque in the historic city of Jeddah, where the late King Abdul Aziz had once prayed.