Jeddah's historic Hanafi Mosque set to open next year

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman inaugurates the restoration project of Almia’mar Mosque in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Jeddah's historic Hanafi Mosque set to open next year

  • Prince Sultan said the king has shown much interest in mosques, particularly historic ones in Al-Diriyah and Jeddah
  • The “National Program for the Care of Historic Mosques” has now been retitled “National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques”

The historic Hanafi Mosque, which is being renovated at the expense of King Salman, will open next year, Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has announced.

Prince Sultan said the king has shown much interest in mosques, particularly historic ones in Al-Diriyah and Jeddah, given that they represent the crossroads for people five times a day and bring people closer. 

The prince announced that the “National Program for the Care of Historic Mosques” has now been retitled “National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques,” noting that the term restoration has a broader meaning than care, for the goal is to rebuild mosques with prayer.

He revealed that Almia’mar Mosque is the third historic mosque that has been restored at the expense of King Abdul Aziz, after the historic Tabab Mosque, the first historic mosque built in the era of the Saudi state in Asir, and the historic Al-Shafei Mosque in Jeddah.

Prince Sultan said that more than 3,000 historic mosques were located and 200 are being restored throughout the Kingdom, 10 of them in Jeddah. 

He said a number of students of Islamic architecture and engineering had participated in the restoration works. 

SCTH is fully committed to create a new generation of citizens capable of restoring historical and archaeological sites, he added.

The restoration of mosques aims not only to rebuild the places but bring people back to these places as well, the prince said. Prince Sultan announced the launching of the implementation of four projects in mosques in Jeddah: The restoration and rehabilitation of Al-Hanafi Mosque at the expense of King Salman; the restoration of Uthman bin Affan Mosque at his own expense; the restoration of Al-Jilani Mosque at the expense of Anas Sairafi; and the restoration and rehabilitation of 13 historic mosques with a donation from the National Commercial Bank.

The prince revealed that the National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques throughout the Kingdom has located more than 1,140 historic mosques, restoring and rehabilitating 80, listing the priority target mosques (130 historic mosques) and signing 57 cooperation agreements with a number of bodies, charitable institutions and donors to restore and rehabilitate the target historic mosques.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.