DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Space Commission chief, EU envoy discuss space cooperation

Prince Sultan bin Salman meets Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia. SPA
Updated 09 May 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Space Commission chief, EU envoy discuss space cooperation

  • They reviewed various fields of cooperation between the Kingdom and the EU

RIYADH: Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso, head of the EU delegation to  Saudi Arabia, met Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission.

D’Urso congratulated Prince Sultan on his role in supervising the Kingdom’s space sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They reviewed various fields of cooperation between the Kingdom and the EU, particularly space science, communications and space programs.

D’Urso praised Prince Sultan’s supervision of the Kingdom’s tourism sector and national heritage.

Before joining the space commission last December, Prince Sultan was president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the Kingdom’s main tourism body.

He is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew on the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist. 

He is the first member of a royal family to be an astronaut, and the first Arab and Muslim to fly in space.

The EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, a fully accredited diplomatic mission, was officially opened in Riyadh in 2004, and represents the bloc to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretariat.

The delegation has a mandate to speak on behalf of EU member states when there is unanimous agreement on foreign policy issues.

With the aim of helping to integrate Gulf and European economies, the delegation facilitates trade relations with Gulf countries. The EU is the largest trading partner
of the GCC.


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.