Riyadh museum offers history lesson for Eid

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Visitors at the National Museum in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
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Visitors at the National Museum in Riyadh (file photo)
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Visitors at the National Museum in Riyadh (supplied)
Updated 11 August 2019

Riyadh museum offers history lesson for Eid

  • Guests can enjoy documentaries about Kingdom’s history

RIYADH: Riyadh’s National Museum opened its doors for Eid Al-Adha to teach younger Saudi nationals about their national heritage and history.

The museum, which is based in the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, is the most famous museum in the Kingdom.
The museum will receive visitors between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. until Aug. 17, said Majid Al-Hasna, director of programs and visitor relations at the center.
He said that the center will allow guests to visit the museum’s archaeological pieces, manuscripts and other showcased items.
It offers a broad range of historical items from civilizations established in the region during the Islamic era. Guests will also be able to enjoy documentaries about the history of the Kingdom and its unification under King Abdul Aziz.
The director also said that holiday openings are key to enhancing local efforts aimed at preserving national heritage and sharing it with the public.
The first section in the museum is the Man and Universe Hall. This section leads to the remaining seven areas, including the Arab Kingdoms Hall, which displays ancient kingdoms of the Arabs, and the Pre-Islamic Era Hall, which contains Arabian history before Islam.

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Riyadh’s National Museum will receive visitors between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. until Aug. 17, said Majid Al-Hasna, director of programs and visitor relations at King Abdul Aziz Historical Center.

The Prophetic Mission Hall narrates the mission of the Prophet Muhammad, where visitors will hear people from Madinah rejoicing at his arrival.
Visitors will then pass through a hall displaying the recent history of the Arabian Peninsula before entering the hall of the First and Second Saudi States.
Finally, guests will reach the Kingdom’s Unification Hall, which outlines the journey taken to unify Saudi Arabia, and a hall on Hajj and the development of the Two Holy Mosques.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.