King Salman honors former foreign minister

King Salman honors former Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 25 April 2019

King Salman honors former foreign minister

  • King Salman conferred the honor on Madani during a reception at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday

RIYADH: Former Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani has been awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the Second Order in recognition of services to the Kingdom stretching over almost five decades.

King Salman conferred the honor on Madani during a reception at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The audience was attended by Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Azzam bin Abdul Karim Al-Qain.

Madani, 78, retired from the Foreign Ministry on Jan. 7 after serving his country for over 50 years. He joined the ministry in 1965 and worked in various roles before becoming foreign affair minister in 2005. 

The former minister is a prolific writer whose works have been published by the Diplomatic Studies Institute. His most recent book was a biography of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Kingdom’s longest-serving foreign minister. The biography was published in 2018 by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. 

Madani recorded the history of his diplomatic career in an autobiography published in 2009.


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.