New standards, code to be set for upkeep of mosques

Updated 23 October 2015

New standards, code to be set for upkeep of mosques

RIYADH: President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Prince Sultan bin Salman has said that he is looking forward to launching awareness campaigns regarding proper care for mosques across the Kingdom in the near future, in collaboration with the Masjidona Charity. The issue and its proposed responses was first proposed by Prince Sultan to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and is expected to be announced very soon.
To this end, Prince Sultan bin Salman praised the efforts of the “Masjidona Mosque Charity” during a reception held at the headquarters of the commission, which was attended by members of the archaeology sector at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Masjidona and other prominent figures, and in the presence of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs for Technical Affairs Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim. Prince Sultan was briefed on the charity, its goals and projects during the reception.
“We, the citizens of the Kingdom, are charged with the responsibility to care for our mosques everywhere, especially the ones located on the roads. Our interaction and participation with Masajidona is an honored duty through which we seek to serve the houses of God,” said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
He continued: “The commission has been working with the ministry for ten years on a project to develop the road stations, mosques and prayer sites, stemming out of the national strategy for the development of tourism.”
Importantly, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs said that part of the project will involve the ministry shutting down any station found lagging in hygiene issues.
The chairman of Board of Directors of Masjidona said that the most important problem facing the charity now is financial support, especially during the foundation phase at the current time.
He said that the charity will focus on building an institutionalized system based on standardised specifications, and will use modern technology to monitor visitor satisfaction in mosques.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.