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.

 

 


Saudi railways approach 67th anniversary, play large role in linking cities

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Saudi railways approach 67th anniversary, play large role in linking cities

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s railways are considered one of the main methods of transportation and the Kingdom has always paid attention to its railway sector. 
The railways also contribute to economic and social development and play a pivotal role in transporting goods and passengers between cities in the Kingdom.
Construction of the the Riyadh-Dammam railway line began in 1947, and it has transported passengers and goods since its inauguration on October 20, 1951. 
The railway line is 569 km long and its opening coincided with the establishment of a large commercial port in the Eastern Province.
In the beginning, the railway line was run by Aramco, but it was subsequently entrusted to the Ministry of Finance.
On May 13, 1966 a royal decree was issued establishing the The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) as a public corporation having full legal status.
The development of the vital Riyadh-Dammam line emphasizes the state’s keenness to develop the railway sector. Several railway lines linking Riyadh to numerous cities in the Eastern Province have been built, and the main line linking Riyadh and Dammam has been modernized.
The main railway stations for passengers opened in Riyadh, Dammam, and Hofuf in 1981, and in 1985, another railway line between Riyadh and Dammam measuring 449 km was built. The line shortened the journey time between the two cities from 420 minutes to 300 minutes. Modern SRO trains travel at around 160 km per hour.
A considerable number of passengers use SRO trains and this is a sign of the confidence that citizens and residents put in the railways as a means of safe transportation compared to other forms of transport. Passenger trains transported approximately 1.48 million passengers during 2017 between stations in Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf, and Riyadh.