Multimillion-riyal Qassim Museum to showcase rich Saudi heritage

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), inspected the progress of work on several key projects in Buraidah on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 02 December 2017
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Multimillion-riyal Qassim Museum to showcase rich Saudi heritage

BURAIDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), laid the foundation for the Qassim Museum in Buraidah on Thursday.
The total cost of the 10,000-square-meter project, part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, is SR67 million ($17. 9 million).
Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud, governor of Al-Qassim region, attended the foundation ceremony.
Prince Sultan bin Salman also visited the new SCTH branch in Buraidah, accompanied by the deputy governor of Al-Qassim region, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Faisal bin Turki, as well as Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud and Maj. Gen. Badr Al-Talib, director of the district police. 
Abdul Mohsin Abanmi, director general of projects and architectural affairs at the SCTH, said the museum would benefit from being located in the heart of a vibrant area filled with parks and sports grounds in Buraidah.
“The museum will include several halls, including one that is dedicated to the region’s ecosystem, one for the pre-Islamic period, one for the Islamic period, one for modern history, and one for Saudi life,” he said.
The museum’s design was inspired by the region’s historical urban architecture, he said.
“The architect is keen to emphasize the architectural heritage of Al-Qassim through the museum’s façade and interior, in addition to using local materials for the finishes.”
The SCTH chief inspected the commission’s new branch, which is being built on 5,000 square meters of land near King Fahad Road in Buraidah at a cost of SR18 million. 
Prince Sultan bin Salman said the tourism projects reflected the large number of visitors who were interested in Saudi Arabia’s historical heritage, and hoped these museums would spread across the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabian female accident inspectors gear up ahead of lifting of ban

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Saudi Arabian female accident inspectors gear up ahead of lifting of ban

  • Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and provided them with training to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
  • Inspector Mada Hassan Hamza was was enthusiastic about her new role and said she hoped to make a valuable contribution.

JEDDAH: A batch of 40 Saudi women will begin their careers as car accident inspectors on Sunday in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam as the ban on women driving is lifted.
Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and provided them with training to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
Inspector Amira Abdul Aziz Al-Enezi from Riyadh told Arab News: “As Saudi women, we can play a vital role in managing and responding to accidents, supporting women drivers, and contributing to raising awareness about traffic safety.”
Inspector Mada Hassan Hamza from Dammam was enthusiastic about her new role. She said she hoped to make a valuable contribution. “We are qualified enough to perform our jobs perfectly.”
“We invite all Saudi women to join Najm because it provides a unique opportunity to manage and address traffic accidents and conduct field trials,” she said.
Suha Abdullah Al-Abdulwahid, another Najm inspector, said: “I am proud to be the member of the first batch of female Najm inspectors.”
She hopes the number of women inspectors will increase gradually.