Saudi Embassy in Philippines warns against visiting public places

Saudi Embassy in Philippines warns against visiting public places
Updated 30 June 2017

Saudi Embassy in Philippines warns against visiting public places

JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Manila on Thursday warned its citizens against visiting public places in the Philippines.
In a statement, it also advised Saudi tourists to take caution when visiting the country.
“Given the current security situation in Marawi (in the southern) Philippines, and the frequent events of other areas in the Philippines and threats by terrorist groups targeting foreign tourists, the embassy recommends that its dear citizens in the Philippines avoid public places, take caution, act calmly and contact the embassy through the emergency number for Saudi affairs,” the statement said.
Baker Atyani, a veteran journalist who has covered militant groups for two decades, said he thinks the advisory is in response to a leaked memo on social media.
“It seems the leaked memo by the Philippines National Police (PNP) that was all over social media last week about an alleged plan by the Maute Group and other Daesh-linked groups to launch attacks in Manila has led some foreign missions to advise their citizens in the Philippines to be cautious and avoid public places,” he told Arab News.
“We know that the PNP in Manila said the leaked memo was yet to be confirmed, and denied any intelligence about an existing threat in Manila,” Atyani added.
“But I think with the continuation of the military operation in Marawi, we shouldn’t rule out that Daesh-linked fighters might try to carry out attacks outside Marawi and Mindanao.”
Nearly 400 people have been killed in the month-long battle in Marawi, on the Philippines’ southernmost island Mindanao, which is roughly the size of South Korea and where more than 20 percent of the population are Muslims.

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.