Saudi Arabia’s General Auditing Bureau launches e-platform

Updated 01 April 2019

Saudi Arabia’s General Auditing Bureau launches e-platform

  • New system provides easy, secure access to official documents

RIYADH: The president of the Saudi General Auditing Bureau (GAB), Hussam Al-Anqari, on Monday launched the Wathiqa electronic platform at its headquarters in Riyadh.

The platform allows the creation, storage and exchange of government documents between departments under the GAB’s supervision, once they have been approved by the Saudi National Center for Documents and Archives.

“The Wathiqa electronic platform is an added value provided by the bureau for the governmental entities under the GAB’s supervision,” Al-Anqari said.

“This new platform gives these entities access to all of GAB’s documents through the cataloging regulations system, which is a central database of all laws and regulatory provisions issued by all legislative authorities in the Kingdom, gathered and collected over a period of 50 years.”

Under the new system, documents will have to go through five different phases. The first one is “reception,” where a document is received and assigned a number. The bureau then registers the document’s date, attachments and level of confidentiality. The second phase is “registration”, where the bureau defines the source of the tool, then registers the tool’s number, type and date, and finally uploads short and long versions of the text.

The bureau, through the third phase of “linking and classification,” links the tool or provision with appropriate legal tools or with the thematic classification. In the fourth step, “review and audit,” the bureau reviews the previous phases, ensures the safety of the copied version, the accuracy of data, the validity of linkages, and finally moves the document to the database.

In the fifth phase, the origin of the document is archived and during the sixth and final phase, the document is published.

Wathiqa is an initiative of the Digital Transformation Program, part of the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to modernize the Saudi government, economy and society.

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.