King Salman receives Saudi mayors, municipal heads

King Salman with Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 23 April 2019

King Salman receives Saudi mayors, municipal heads

  • The king stressed the importance of raising the quality of municipal services

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday received regional secretaries, mayors, heads of municipal councils and senior officials of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the importance of raising the quality of municipal services and intensifying efforts in this regard to achieve the aspirations of citizens and residents. He pointed out the state’s great interest and support for the development of the municipal sector.

Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, who is also the acting minister of municipal and rural affairs, was also present on the occasion.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent cables of condolence to President Feliz Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo following a boat accident in eastern Congo that resulted in a number of deaths.


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.