Rules set to streamline construction of mosques in Saudi Arabia

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, commends the exceptional support mosque construction and welfare is receiving from King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Rules set to streamline construction of mosques in Saudi Arabia

  • The code is important for the design, lifespan and operating costs of the monuments
  • Taking care of mosques should be the main responsibility not only of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs but of every Saudi, said Prince Sultan

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the signing of an agreement on Monday establishing the Mosque Construction Code between the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance and the Abdullatif Al-Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture.

The code is important for the design, lifespan and operating costs of the monuments.

Prince Sultan, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), stressed the importance of establishing the Code, which is considered an important stage in the construction of mosques and the culmination of partnership efforts with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. It aims to develop the design of mosques and improve their architectural quality.

He commended the exceptional support mosque construction and welfare is receiving from King Salman.

“The code is a main element in the efforts ... to serve the holy monuments. It will consider the cultural and urban aspect of each region. It also sets an outline for mosque architecture concerned with many social, power and urban issues.”

Prince Sultan referred to the symbolism of launching the code from the historic Al-Diriyah region. “Taking care of mosques should be the main responsibility not only of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs but of every Saudi. We are facing a challenge due to the development of social media that preoccupies the youth. This pushes us to work on renewing the youth’s interest in mosques’ construction and welfare.”

Tawfiq Al-Sudairy, deputy minister of Islamic affairs, said: “The mosque we are in today is the fruit of your interest in historic mosques and their reconstruction.

“The code aims to increase the lifespan of mosques while lowering the construction costs. It also aims to rationalize power consumption, lower operating and maintenance costs, approve social and security requirements and the necessities of people with special needs. It also considers the urban state of the neighborhood, city or village where the mosque is located.”

The project was first brought to light by Prince Sultan almost 20 years ago and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has worked ever since to achieve it according to an agreement signed back then.

The proposed duration for the elaboration of the Mosque Construction Code is 15 months during which various workshops and seminars will be taking place.

 

 


Security officer, suspect killed in drugs bust gun fight

Updated 20 June 2018
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Security officer, suspect killed in drugs bust gun fight

  • Two people were killed in the shoot out and another injured
  • Four Ethiopians were also arrested following a chase

DUBAI: A security officer was killed in a gun fight on Tuesday that broke out during a drugs and alcohol raid in Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported.

Security forces were searching a property in the Asir area during the night when a group of men opened fire.

A gun fight broke out during which one of the security forces and one of the suspects – an Ethiopian man - were killed, and a Saudi national was also injured.

The officer killed was later identified as Captain Abdullah Asiri.

Security officers also arrested four other Ethiopians after a chase in the mountainous region.