FaceOf: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, minister of the Saudi National Guard

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz
Updated 06 January 2019

FaceOf: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, minister of the Saudi National Guard

  • Prince Abdullah took up his appointment on Dec. 27, 2018.
  • Prince Abdullah previously served as deputy governor of the Makkah region since April 2017

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, who has been serving as deputy governor of the Makkah region since April 2017, has been named minister of the Saudi Arabian National Guard as part of a recent Cabinet reshuffle in the Kingdom.

He took up his appointment on Dec. 27, 2018.

Prince Abdullah visited the National Guard command center at the ministry on Thursday. 

The 32-year-old prince listened in on a briefing organized by Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, the center’s planning director, and was given a tour of the site by officers and the heads of various military bodies.

He praised the high morale among troops, as well as their efforts in helping military forces ensure border safety. 

Prince Abdullah was previously a deputy head of department at the King Salman Youth Center, a nonprofit organization that trains young people to become professional leaders and entrepreneurs.

He gained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Saud University in Riyadh in 2008. 

His previous experience included working at the office of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Riyadh region where he was a special adviser to the prince.

Prince Abdullah was also a member of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites, the Council of Royal Reserves and the Amaala project to develop tourism in Saudi Arabia.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.