‘KSA moving ahead on heritage preservation’

Updated 21 May 2013
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‘KSA moving ahead on heritage preservation’

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, told an audience at a UNESCO conference that Saudi Arabia is investing in its national heritage as “a principal part of future development.”
Prince Sultan made his remarks at the Culture: Key to Sustainable Development conference organized by UNESCO and hosted by China that began yesterday and runs through Friday in Hungzo.
“Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the crown prince emphasize the importance of the conservation of the national heritage and investing in it for the interest of the nation and its economy and it is a principal part of future development.”
The conference was attended by the UNESCO Secretary-General Ayrana Bavokov and Karim Agha Khan, head of the Agha Khan Establishment and Nobel Prize winner in Economics Hassan Al-Abed. Also in attendance was Secretary-General of the UN Commercial and Development Conference Peter Dargnov.
Prince Sultan said the Kingdom is witnessing greater attention as part of world heritage, especially since the Saudi government is taking care to make its social, economic and cultural development as part of a five-year development plan.
The government has a comprehensive national program to rediscover national culture, its renovation, development and to make it as an essential part of citizens in the local national economy.
He told the audience that the government has invested heavily in its heritage sites, increasing attention to the heritage resource as the principle part of sustainable 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.