MWL chief receives Islamic scholars from Iraq

The secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, with Sheikh Ahmed Hassan Al-Taha, president of Iraqi Jurisprudence Council, in Makkah. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 December 2018
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MWL chief receives Islamic scholars from Iraq

  • They discussed efforts to improve national unity as well as ways to combat extremist tendencies and dangers of exclusion

MAKKAH: A delegation of Islamic scholars from Iraq headed by the president of Iraqi Jurisprudence Council, Sheikh Ahmed Hassan Al-Taha, called on the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, in Makkah.

The Iraqi scholars lauded the MWL for organizing the Islamic Unity Conference in Makkah.

They highlighted the importance of the conference and the role it played in discussing ways of tackling extremist tendencies, dangers of exclusion and promotion of national unity.

The recently concluded conference brought together more than 1,200 Islamic scholars and academics of different schools of thought from 127 countries.

The Iraqi delegation stressed the need to forge unity among the ranks of Muslims and to respect differences of opinion and cooperate to achieve common goals. 

They also said they would not allow any force to drive a wedge between Muslims or to harm the sovereignty of any nation state. 

The Iraqi scholars look forward to convening a similar conference in Iraq to promote the true values of Islam. They also warned against the threats posed by extremist groups like Daesh. 


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.