FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, KSA’s first minister of culture

FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. AN (Ziyad AlArfaj)
Updated 06 June 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, KSA’s first minister of culture

  • Prince Badr is the current governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.
  • Until Prince Badr’s appointment as culture minister, he was the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

JEDDAH: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud is Saudi Arabia’s first Minister of Culture.

He was appointed by a royal decree released on Saturday that establishes the Ministry of Culture as an independent ministry, responsible for activities related to culture.

Prince Badr is the current governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, a post he has held since the body was created in July 2017 to oversee archaeological and tourism projects in the governorate of Al-Ula in Madinah province.

He developed two agreements with the government of France and the Arab World Institute in Paris. He initiated a scholarship program for the province’s students and developed a partnership with the faculty of design at Harvard University to stimulate innovation and scientific and archaeological publications in the province.

Until Prince Badr’s appointment as culture minister, he was the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), a post he has held since December 2015.

Prince Badr Al-Farhan holds a bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University in Riyadh. He went to the same university as Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also graduated from the faculty of law and political science, majoring in law.

He served as a member of the board of directors of the General Authority for Culture and participated in the development of strategies to improve the culture sector in the Kingdom and enrich the Saudi cultural scene inside and outside the Kingdom.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

Updated 19 July 2019
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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.