Saudi King Salman and Lebanese PM Hariri discuss bilateral relations

King Salman receives Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on March 11, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 30 March 2019

Saudi King Salman and Lebanese PM Hariri discuss bilateral relations

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. They discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries and the latest regional developments, particularly in Lebanon.

Saudi Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, State Minister Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, who is also a Cabinet member, were also present during the meeting.

The king also held a separate meeting with the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom. They reviewed the WHO’s global efforts and discussed ways to enhance coordination.

On Monday, senior officials of the Finance Ministry, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, Capital Market Authority, chairmen of the boards of directors of Saudi banks, finance and insurance companies called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace.

During the meeting, the king stressed the role of the financial sector in supporting the development of the country and the importance of its growth to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Senior princes, ministers and other officials attended the meeting.


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.