SCTA to preserve Islamic sites

Updated 08 November 2013

SCTA to preserve Islamic sites

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has begun on a strategic program to preserve the Kingdom’s Islamic historical sites as part of its efforts to spread the message of Islam, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA.
He described the Islamic sites as an important element of the Kingdom’s history and identity. “These sites will be preserved for people to learn lessons and strengthen their link with Islam,” he said.
He said the preservation of Islamic sites was not aimed at promoting tourism but at underlining their religious value. “The SCTA intends to bring citizens closer to their country through the historical sites.”
Prince Sultan said the commission would give priority to the preservation and development of historical sites related to Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) life and history to use them for educational and "dawa" (proselytizing) purposes.
The program, to be carried out in collaboration with the Ministry for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Dawa and Guidance, aims at appointing professional and qualified guides at these sites to give accurate information to visitors on the historical events that had taken place there.
Prince Sultan recently visited the historical region in Yanbu, including homes in Al-Babteen and Al-Jabarti that have been restored to their original state. Musaed Al-Saleem, mayor of Yanbu, and Yosif Al-Mozayin, SCTA’s executive director in Yanbu, accompanied the prince.
The project’s contractor, who was assigned to develop and transform the area and its quarters into a tourism destination, briefed Prince Sultan on the progress of work in the historical region. Prince Sultan urged the contractor to complete the work on time to high quality standards.
He also visited the Yanbu anchorage, which is developed by the Saudi Ports Authority, and was briefed by Abdullah Al-Zamie about the commercial and industrial projects in the city. The projects, estimated to be worth SR105 million, will be carried out in 20 months.
Prince Sultan said the projects would transform Yanbu into a tourism landmark. He also commended the efforts of the Saudi Ports Authority.
The SCTA chief then headed to Al-Shona, an old warehouse that was used as a food storage facility in the past. Located in front of the passenger terminal at the Yanbu Commercial Port, Al-Shona is a landmark site.
Tenders will be invited shortly to preserve Al-Shona.
Prince Sultan also toured the Yanbu seafront.

Saudi Arabia to export electricity under ‘noble’ energy plan

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, 2nd left, Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala, 2nd right, Total’s Patrick Pouyanne, and moderator Bassem Awadallah, left, at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh. (AN photo/Ziyad Al-Arfaj)
Updated 56 min 48 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to export electricity under ‘noble’ energy plan

  • ‘We are moving ahead with our civil nuclear program’, says energy minister

RIYADH: Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman has reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to diversifying its energy sources, telling the Misk Global Forum 2019 that an expanding renewable energy program will meet the country’s domestic requirements and even allow it to export electricity.
“We are moving ahead with our civil nuclear program,” the minister told the forum’s opening session.
He said the Kingdom’s renewable energy program “will get us into manufacturing and exporting electricity.”
Prince Abdul Aziz added: “We have a new program, a ‘noble’ program, to create a new way of using oil and gas that is different from the conventional ways.”
He told the forum that renewable energy will create jobs for thousands of Saudis and non-Saudis, saying that jobs for both are equally valuable.
“Non-Saudis are important. I was educated by non-Saudis. We should recognize that and not let our nationalism defeat us, and not be ungrateful to them,” he said.
The energy minister said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is providing all Saudis with equal opportunities.
“We know that our women now are enabled, they have an education program,” he said. “We have equal pay for both men and women.”
Prince Abdul Aziz said that social reforms in the Kingdom have turned Riyadh into a “city of joy,” where families had access to a range of entertainment options.
He urged forum participants to learn from their mistakes and never from success. “I am an embodiment of mistakes,” said the prince.
“Even princes have dreams, because they have fathers and grandfathers who had big dreams and we could never let them down,” he said.
“Education, training and resilience are important to keep up and never be broken,” he said, adding: “If I hadn’t had that self-motivation, the notion that you don’t give up, I wouldn’t be here today.


• Renewable energy will create jobs for thousands of Saudis and non-Saudis.

• ‘Noble’ program will create a new way of using oil and gas that is different from the conventional ways.

• Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘is providing all Saudis with equal opportunities.’

“I am humble enough, serious enough and Saudi enough to say that,” he said. A panelist at the forum, Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of Total, urged the younger generation not to be afraid of technology, saying that Artificial Intelligence will not take over their jobs.
“There is a beautiful challenge for making it compatible,” he said.
Fellow panelist Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, CEO of the UAE’s Mubadala Investment Co., told the audience that they represented the future.
“Our job as leaders today is to make sure that we provide you with the right opportunities, enabling the youth to succeed,” he said.
“Don’t fight technology, embrace it,” said Al-Mubarak.
In her welcome speech, Shaima Hamidaddin, Misk Global Forum’s executive manager, said that 7,000 participants had registered for the event, making it the largest ever, as well as the most diverse edition with more than 120 countries taking part.
“In every edition of the forum, we look at how to prepare for the future,” she said. “This year we are focusing on work. Everybody is touched by work in some way and that’s why we must rework our work.”