MWL, Uffizi Gallery sign agreement to promote intercultural dialogue

Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Uffizi Gallery Director Eike Schmidt sign a cooperation agreement to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue. (SPA)
Updated 17 October 2018
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MWL, Uffizi Gallery sign agreement to promote intercultural dialogue

  • The agreement aims to implement educational and cultural initiatives to support plans to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue
  • It also aims to introduce people of the world to the true and real Arab and Islamic culture

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, one of the oldest and most famous art institutions in Europe, and the second-largest and most important museum in the world ranking after the Louvre in Paris.

Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, and Eike Schmidt, the museum’s director, signed the agreement, which aims to implement educational and cultural initiatives to support plans to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue.

It also aims to introduce people of the world to the true and real Arab and Islamic culture, so as to deepen the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding between the communities from these regions and other societies.

The two parties will organize seminars and training courses, given the important role the museum plays in promoting cultural exchange and educational activities.

Schmidt stressed the museum’s deep understanding of the importance of the cultural exchange project with the MWL. He also underlined the museum’s keenness to organize joint initiatives to achieve mutual goals.

The museum, which was established in 1581, contains a large number of world-famous works.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.