Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in place

Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in place
Civil Defense workers are highly qualified to implement their tasks and ensure the plan’s success. (SPA)
Updated 13 May 2019

Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in place

Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in place
  • Muslims all over the world ensure that they help the destitute in whatever way possible
  • Makkah’s youth journey to the outskirts of the city to distribute meals and Zamzam water at roadsides and traffic intersections

MADINAH: The Civil Defense in Madinah is implementing plans to serve visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
Col. Mohammed Al-Baydani, director general of the Civil Defense in Madinah, said it has deployed all possible capacities and taken all necessary measures to serve visitors of the mosque and ensure their safety, in line with the general emergency plan of Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif.
Al-Baydani said the plan is being supported and followed up by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and his deputy, Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal.
Civil Defense workers are highly qualified to implement their tasks and ensure the plan’s success, Al-Baydani added.
The plan involves 65 Civil Defense centers, and includes deploying a force that makes daily tours to handle emergencies at the mosque in coordination with relevant authorities.
The Civil Defense aims to spread safety awareness among visitors from the moment they arrive in Madinah, via brochures, flyers, telecom operators and screens at the mosque, Al-Baydani said.

Volunteers in Makkah
More than 4,000 volunteers in Makkah are helping pilgrims and visitors to the city by distributing meals to those fasting during the holy month.
The voluntary work helps to maintain the honorable image of the holy city.
At the time of the Maghrib prayer, thousands of fasting people line up around the iftar tables at the Grand Mosque and its squares and at other mosques, waiting for the call for prayer.
As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever feeds a fasting person gets the same reward, without diminishing the reward of the fasting person.”
The Sqaia and Rvada Committee in Makkah has provided permits for those wishing to contribute meals in order to ensure proper meal preparation and distribution for fasting people in the Grand Mosque and at other mosques around the city.
Makkah’s youth journey to the outskirts of the city to distribute meals and Zamzam water at roadsides and traffic intersections.
Ramadan is a month of blessings and giving. Muslims all over the world ensure that they help the destitute in whatever way possible. During this month, people on an individual basis and in groups go out of their way to help others.


First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched
Updated 22 January 2021

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched
  • The project will help define the region’s culture and enhance its position as a tourist destination

RIYADH: The first phase of the “Pulse of Alkhobar” project has been launched as part of plans to develop an integrated cultural center in the heart of the city and transform the Eastern Province’s arts scene.
The project follows calls by architecture experts, social media activists and artists for a collaboration across multiple sectors to strengthen the province’s cultural impact.
According to Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abudllah bin Farhan, the project, centered on the site of the city’s old market, is the fruit of a partnership between the ministry and its municipal and rural affairs counterpart.
Acting Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid Al-Hogail said that the project will build an artistic and heritage destination that will improve the lives of residents of Alkhobar governorate as well as visitors to the Eastern Province.
The project will help define the region’s culture and enhance its position as a tourist destination, he added.
Abdulhadi Al-Shammari, the province’s municipal chairman, told Arab News that the new project will also improve services at municipal facilities, while preserving Saudi heritage and culture.
The project introduces tourists and visitors to the culture of the province, and highlights Al-Olaya district as the center of the city’s culture and arts activities.
Al-Shammari said that the project will boost the city’s finances, driving sustainable development and growth as well an improvement in quality of life.
“It will create new investment opportunities for the private sector, and encourage small and medium-scale enterprises, which have an excellent and effective social impact,” he said.
Al-Shammari added: “The Saudi government supports all sectors to help them deliver lucrative investment opportunities and build a conducive environment for local and foreign investment, where new job opportunities are created for young men and women.”
Faisal Al-Fadl, secretary-general of the Saudi Green Building Forum, told Arab News that creating a cultural and arts destination that is open to a range of activities will add to the city’s tourist appeal.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project follows calls by architecture experts, social media activists and artists for a collaboration across multiple sectors to strengthen the province’s cultural impact.

• According to Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abudllah bin Farhan, the project, centered on the site of the city’s old market, is the fruit of a partnership between the ministry and its municipal and rural affairs counterpart.

“Cooperation between the public sector and international organizations, as well as professional organizations, archaeologists and the public, is instrumental in preserving the cultural and architectural heritage of neighborhoods and cities,” he said.
Al-Fadl added that the collaboration between the two ministries reflects “the importance of architectural and cultural heritage, and the tangible and unique archaeological importance of the buildings as a key element in the history of peoples and relationships inside and outside the Arabian Peninsula.”
He thanked both ministries for their efforts.
Arafat Al-Majed, a Qatif Muncipal Council member, said the partnership is a step forward that falls in line with agreements concluded as part of Vision 2030.
“The agreement will increase interest in cultural heritage and the buildings and towns whose profound and ancient history should be brought out to the world to see and enjoy,” she told Arab News. “The agreement will also improve the urban landscape.”
She said that the joint committee should have branches in municipalities around the Kingdom in order to shed light on heritage sites that can be included in UNESCO. “The Kingdom is rich in such heritage sites.”
Al-Majed said that the project will introduce today’s generation to the ancient heritage of the province in a way that encourages investment opportunities.
“Nobody can deny the fact that some municipalities are still hesitant about what to do with heritage buildings and towns since some of these are abandoned or about to collapse. These municipalities want to tear them down. But these are historical treasures that should be preserved and invested in to become an important economic driver, and a source of arts and culture,” she added.
Maysoon Abu Baker, a Saudi poet and columnist, said the Saudi government attaches great importance to culture and heritage.
“Vision 2030 emphasized the significance of the culture existent in old cities,” she told Arab News.
“Arts, culture and heritage are at the top of the agenda for developing cities and preserving their culture. The cultural impact is important for the future of the Kingdom and is related to its history.”
Yousef Al-Harbi, director of Culture and Arts Society in Dammam, said that the partnership will lead to “new visual perceptions highlighting the Saudi, Arabian and Islamic identity.”
He highlighted the importance of nurturing Saudi art and architectural talent, and facilitating cooperation in order to “bring out the beauty of Saudi heritage and cities.”