UNESCO director-general praises KSRelief humanitarian work

KSRlief Supervisor General Abdullah Al-Rabeeah with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2018

UNESCO director-general praises KSRelief humanitarian work

  • KSRelief signed two executive projects with UNESCO

RIYADH: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has expressed her admiration for the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in helping needy people worldwide.
She was speaking during the meeting with Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of KSRelief in Paris, Azzam Obaid, media adviser at KSRelief headquarters told Arab News on Tuesday.
The two leaders also discussed joint projects in the humanitarian, educational and cultural fields, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in these areas.
Azoulay commended the humanitarian works by the center, especially in the education sector.
KSRelief signed two executive projects with UNESCO, inked by the KSRelief supervisor general and the UNESCO director-general, the official said.
Obaid said that the first project would provide support for Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon to complete their basic education.
“This support will expand the children’s access to education, encourage them to remain in school and provide skill-based assistance for the mothers of school-aged children,” he said.
The $3 million program will serve about 10,800 refugees in Beirut, Sidon, Beqaa, Al Janoub, Tripoli and Akkar, he said.
The second agreement was aimed at establishing strategic cooperation and joint partnership between the KSRelief and UNESCO in the education sector with a focus on capacity-building and training, exchange of information, academic studies and research, he said.
Al-Rabeeah highlighted the humanitarian and relief projects implemented by the KSRelief and provided the UNESCO director-general with a brief summary of humanitarian projects the center has implemented since its establishment three years ago: 417 projects in 40 countries around the world, especially in Yemen.
KSRelief has implemented 180 educational projects in 32 countries and 48 of these were carried out in partnership with 22 local, regional and international partners. Some of these projects include supporting ministries of education, constructing educational facilities, rehabilitating and equipping educational facilities, providing educational tools and supplies, enabling students to continue their education and supporting and training teachers.
Obaid said that KSRelief’s mission was to build strong partnerships with international organizations such as UNESCO to expand and enhance its provision of impartial humanitarian aid and relief.

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.