Arts and crafts from Al-Ahsa on display in China

crafts created in the city of Al-Ahsa are being showcased in Suzhou, China. (SPA)
Updated 19 April 2019

Arts and crafts from Al-Ahsa on display in China

  • Al-Ahsa is participating as a member of the global network of creative cities, which includes 37 cities from around the world

AL-AHSA: Traditional arts and crafts created in the city of Al-Ahsa are being showcased at the International Handicrafts and Folk Arts Forum, which began on Thursday in Suzhou, China.

“Al-Ahsa is participating as a member of the global network of creative cities, which includes 37 cities from around the world, through displaying a number of its handicraft products and holding creative activities in this domain, in addition to showcasing Al-Ahsa’s experience in preserving this national heritage,” said Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel bin Mohammed Al-Mulhim.

Panel discussion

He added that the forum will include a panel discussion about ways in which communication between cities that are members of the network can be enhanced, and how culture and creativity can contribute to the achievement of UN sustainable development goals, which complement the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy in terms of strengthening Saudi Arabia’s international role.

Al-Mulhim said that the forum offers creative cities an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, and that Al-Ahsa municipality is keen to strengthen its social role by enhancing the services it provides to craftsmen and involving them in festivals and other events. The city’s creative community places it among the most creative in the world, he added.


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.