King Abdul Aziz Foundation publishes details about first royal visit to Egypt

King Abdul Aziz during his first visit to Egypt. (Photo/supplied)
Updated 09 October 2018

King Abdul Aziz Foundation publishes details about first royal visit to Egypt

  • The foundation also stressed the special place Egypt occupies in the hearts of the Arab and Islamic worlds
  • During his 13-day visit to Egypt in 1946, King Abdul Aziz visited several cities, facilities and landmarks, including the Al-Azhar Mosque

JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has published details about the first royal visit to Egypt, by the late King Abdul Aziz.

During the 13-day visit in 1946, he visited several cities, facilities and landmarks, including the Al-Azhar Mosque, the headquarters of the Arab League and Alexandria, which reflects the richness and depth of Saudi-Egyptian relations.

The published content highlights the arrival of the Egyptian honorary mission from Suez to Jeddah, and the departure of King Abdul Aziz by sea, in a yacht. It also highlights the trip of the late King Farouk from Cairo to Suez to receive King Abdul Aziz and the arrival of the royal convoy to the Zaafarana palace, where celebrations were held.

The convoy then continued to Abdeen Palace to attend a horse race and a military parade, followed by a lunch hosted at the British Embassy in Egypt. Some of the poems read on that day were also published.

As King Abdul Aziz returned from this historic visit, newspapers covered the occasion as well as his efforts in building a nation committed to its intrinsic Islamic values and noble customs and traditions.

The King Abdul Aziz Foundation indicated that the Saudi royal visit to Egypt stressed King Abdul Aziz’s concern back then for the Kingdom to establish solid brotherly relations with the Arab and Islamic states in order to achieve solidarity and cooperation among these countries.

The foundation also stressed the special place Egypt occupies in the hearts of the Arab and Islamic worlds, given its historical depth, strategic place and central role in promoting these brotherly relations.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt enjoy strong relationship. In April 2016 King Salman made a five-day visit to Egypt, during which the two countries signed several agreements. 

The two countries are working on joint projects such as the electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia which aims to connect the power grids of the two countries to exchange a total capacity of 3,000 MW.

The Saudi-Egypt causeway or bridge will link the countries between Sinai and northern Saudi Arabia. The entire project is expected to cost about $3 billion and to pass through Tiran Island at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba.

The construction of the King Salman Bridge has been described as the largest project in the world by Egyptian Transport Minister Hashim Arafat.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.