Saudi Arabia’s civil service minister leads delegation to Egypt

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Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly welcomes Saudi Civil Service Minister Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, in Cairo on on April 25, 2019. (SPA)
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Participants of the annual meeting of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO) in Cairo join a photo session on April 25, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 26 April 2019

Saudi Arabia’s civil service minister leads delegation to Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Civil Service and Chairman of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO) Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan to Cairo on Thursday.

Al-Hamdan was accompanied by a delegation of Arab civil service and administrative development ministers. The delegation thanked the Egyptian government for its support for the Cairo-based ARADO.

Madbouly stressed Egypt’s support for joint Arab projects, and his country’s willingness to share its experience of digital transformation and administrative reform with fellow Arab nations.

“ARADO’s annual meeting is of great value, bearing in mind the increasing importance of administrative reform in economic development,” he added.

Egypt’s Minister of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform Hala Al-Saeed praised ARADO’s pivotal role in improving the administrative capabilities of Arab countries, noting that the delegation had reviewed the Egyptian government’s digital transformation plan.

 


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.