Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

A crescent moon is seen between the minarets of Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University mosque in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

  • “In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent on Thursday, June 14”

JEDDAH: The Saudi Supreme Court has urged any person who sees the Shawwal crescent with the naked eye or through telescopes to report it to the nearest court and record his statement. He could also contact the nearest center to help him get to the court.
“In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of the month of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent of the Hijri year of 1439 on Thursday, June 14,” the court’s statement said.
“The Supreme Court asks those who have the ability to monitor to do so and join the committees formed in the regions for the matter. Such participation will be rewarded by God since it comes as a cooperation in righteousness and piety and benefits all Muslims.”
The announcement is required to be broadcasted again and publicized on June 13 and 14 according to the Umm Al-Qura Calendar.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.