Five new Saudi museums get license to promote cultural, civil identity

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) gave the go-ahead for the latest exhibition centers. (SPA)
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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) gave the go-ahead for the latest exhibition centers. (SPA)
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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) gave the go-ahead for the latest exhibition centers. (SPA)
Updated 12 May 2019
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Five new Saudi museums get license to promote cultural, civil identity

  • Two of the new museums approved by the commission, Riwaq Al-Turath Museum in Riyadh and Moudi Al-Asimi Museum in Al-Dawadmi governorate, are owned by women

RIYADH: The Riyadh region now has more private museums than any other province in Saudi Arabia after five new licenses were granted.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) gave the go-ahead for the latest exhibition centers, which will take the total number of museums in the region’s towns, cities and governorates to 50.
Two of the new museums approved by the commission, Riwaq Al-Turath Museum in Riyadh and Moudi Al-Asimi Museum in Al-Dawadmi governorate, are owned by women.
Other licenses go to the Majid Heritage Museum in Rawdat Sadir, the Khalid Al-Radian Heritage Museum in Riyadh, and the Qararah Museum in Al-Dawadmi.
Ajab Al-Otaibi, director of national heritage administration for the SCTH’s Riyadh region, highlighted the important role played by public- and private-sector partners in supporting and marketing private museums.
He said: “Private museums participate in celebrating official holidays and national and international museum days. They receive visitors, both citizens and residents, school students and state guests of foreign countries, often hosting cultural events and heritage shows.”
Al-Otaibi noted that private museums were key providers in helping raise awareness of the Kingdom’s cultural and civil identity, while also acting as a source of education, knowledge, entertainment and tourist trade.
He also hailed museum owners for their vital contribution to preserving the Saudi national heritage.
Some of the most prominent private museums in the region include Al-Hamdan Heritage Museum in Riyadh, Al-Tamim Museum in Al-Aflaj, Hamad Al-Salem Museum in Ishkeir Center, Al-Sadiriyeh Heritage Museum in Wadi Al-Dawaser, Al-Dalm Abaq Al-Tarikh Museum in Al-Kharj, Jarallah Al-Adib Museum for Popular Heritage in Riyadh, Diyar Al-Izz Museum in Al-Muzahimiyah, and Abdulrahman Al-Dweihi Museum for Popular Heritage in Al-Zulfi.


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.