Free entry to Saudi National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Updated 08 November 2017
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Free entry to Saudi National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

RIYADH: Entry to the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh, which is hosting a number of events and programs including exhibitions accompanying the first Saudi Archaeology Convention that began Tuesday, will be free to visitors.

“Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has directed authorities to cancel the entry fee to the National Museum for 50 days from the opening day of the archaeology convention,” the SCTH media department said Tuesday.

“With this free entry, the SCTH president has made it possible for people to visit the exhibitions accompanying the convention being held at the National Museum that will last for next 50 days,” it added.

The National Museum, besides a number of major events, activities and workshops, is hosting exhibitions including the famous “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, which has to date been organized in 11 internationally famed museums in Europe, America, China and South Korea, and enjoying the wide attention of world media.

Other exhibitions at the National Museum include the recovered antiquities exhibition; the recent archaeological discoveries exhibition; an exhibition reflecting Saudi kings’ care of Kingdom’s antiquities and national heritage, which will be held in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah); a photo exhibition on the restoration of Al-Hejaz railway station in Madinah in partnership with Al-Turath Foundation; the Saudi Geological Survey exhibition; a commemorative stamps exhibition; the historic photos exhibition; the pioneers of archaeology in the Kingdom exhibition; archaeology specialized books; a handicraft exhibition; and a fine arts exhibition.

These specialized exhibitions will remain open for visitors for 50 days along with a gala display of cultural, social and tourism events, competitions and artistic shows in the courtyard of the National Museum.

There will also be educational plays on antiquities and excavations, in addition to various folk shows, and a display of several full-length models representing major Saudi archaeological and heritage sites, and handicraft shows.

In conjunction with the convention, a number of programs accompanying the forum will be organized including a range of activities reflecting the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.