Ministry of Interior’s aircrafts monitor Grand Mosque during Ramadan

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Ministry of Interior’s aircraft monitor Grand Mosque during Ramadan, Images by Arab News photographer Ahmad Hashad.
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Ministry of Interior’s aircraft monitor Grand Mosque during Ramadan, Images by Arab News photographer Ahmad Hashad.
Updated 16 June 2017
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Ministry of Interior’s aircrafts monitor Grand Mosque during Ramadan

JEDDAH: With its advanced fleet of airplanes, the Ministry of Interior’s Security Aviation Command is the main element in the authorities’ security plans for the Grand Mosque this Ramadan.

Under the directives of Minister of Interior and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif, the Security Aviation Command runs continuous missions to keep an eye on Makkah’s traffic conditions and the Grand Mosque from the sky.

The recorded data is transferred directly to the necessary authorities where procedures are put in place to enhance security and ease traffic.

The Security Aviation Command also provides services to other entities, such as the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and Makkah Municipality, which use the data in their research on traffic, crowd management and urban projects in the Grand Mosque and other holy sites.

Security Aviation Commander General Mohammad bin Eid Al-Harbi said the command’s aircrafts are continuously scanning areas of the Grand Mosque, the areas around it and the routes leading to it.

He said the command’s base in Makkah was supported by more personnel, more aircraft and extra technical equipment. He added that the command is ready for any emergency, adding that the planes perform security and humanitarian tasks, in addition to providing logistic support to all government agencies.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.