World tourism chief visits Saudi National Museum

Zurab Pololikashvili visited National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2019

World tourism chief visits Saudi National Museum

  • The official toured the iconic museum, which is home to a vast array of artifacts showcasing the cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula


JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, did some sightseeing of his own during a visit to the Saudi capital.
The official toured the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, in Riyadh, which houses a vast range of displays showcasing the culture and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.
After viewing artefacts from various civilizations, Pololikashvili visited the Saudi history hall where the National Museum’s director-general, Dr. Khaled Al-Haiti, explained the background to some of the exhibits. 
Pololikashvili also watched a documentary about the unification of Saudi Arabia by its founder Abdul Aziz.
Afterwards, the tourism chief visited the Korean Archeology Exhibition, which runs until March 7 in the National Museum complex. Entitled “Korean History and Culture: An Enchanting Journey to the Korean Civilization,” the exhibition includes more than 200 pieces of Korean archeology, culture and folklore products, plus a selection of displays from the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul.
Writing in the visitor book at the end of his tour, Pololikashvili said it had been a pleasure to learn about the Kingdom’s history, and he thanked museum staff for receiving him.
Earlier, Pololikashvili met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and praised Saudi Arabia’s diversity of tourism and cultural development.
The meeting reviewed aspects of the bilateral partnership between the Kingdom and UNWTO, the initiatives of Vision 2030, and UNWTO’s support for the country’s tourism programs.
Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Ahmad Al-Khateeb, also met Pololikashvili, and they discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation between the SCTH and UNWTO.
 


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.