Finance Ministry showcases achievements at Janadriyah

Visitors take a glimpse into how the state budget is allocated and implemented through an interactive presentation. (SPA)
Updated 29 December 2018
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Finance Ministry showcases achievements at Janadriyah

  • Tourists embarked on a three-dimensional tour of an office adaptation of the Kingdom’s first finance minister, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Hamdan

JEDDAH: The Finance Ministry has for the first time shared its most significant achievements over the years at an interactive pavilion set up at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival, held this month in Janadriyah Park near Riyadh.
Visitors were given a glimpse into how the state budget is allocated and implemented through an interactive presentation that includes how the ministry manages the Kingdom’s most prominent projects, including the expansion works taking place in Makkah and Madinah, the establishment of Princess Nourah University and construction of the King Fahd Causeway, which connects Saudi Arabia to Bahrain.
The pavilion shares information about the ministry’s history and its role in preserving state funds. An interactive chart also offers visitors a glimpse into the budget preparation process.
Residents, many of whom have enjoyed years of tax-free income in the oil-rich country, were briefed on how the new value-added taxation system would be implemented through the newly integrated General Authority of Zakat and Tax.
Tourists also embarked on a three-dimensional tour of an office adaptation of the Kingdom’s first finance minister, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Hamdan. The office contains official documents, old paintings of the cars used at the time and the first calendar ever to be published in Umm Al-Qura in Makkah.
Finally, the pavilion offered children an interactive theatrical performance titled “Money through the generations.”
The ministry has actively promoted partnership with the private sector over the years and has represented the Kingdom in several international financial forums.


Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 18 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the Kingdom, as well as the Holy Qur’an and translations of its meanings. Finally, pilgrims will be offered guidance books upon their departure.

The program aims to spread legitimate awareness among pilgrims and promote adherence to the correct methods of belief, worship and behavior. 

The undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, said that it has approved 52 books in more than 30 languages for this year’s Hajj season. He added that more than 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals will be distributed.

Al-Hamdan said that the Islamic electronic library had issued a platform containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of the books of Hajj and Umrah to every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and important sites. The platform is available to all at www.islamic-ebook.com. SPA Riyadh