Saudi Arabia to finance restoration of Islamic center in G20 host Indonesia’s capital Jakarta

Saudi Arabia to finance restoration of Islamic center in G20 host Indonesia’s capital Jakarta
This aerial picture taken on October 20, 2022 shows the smouldering remains of the collapsed dome of the Islamic Centre mosque in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Updated 17 November 2022

Saudi Arabia to finance restoration of Islamic center in G20 host Indonesia’s capital Jakarta

Saudi Arabia to finance restoration of Islamic center in G20 host Indonesia’s capital Jakarta
  • The facility, which contains a mosque, conference hall, and study space, suffered fire damage during renovation 
  • Decision reflects crown prince’s interest in preserving site for “spreading Islam’s tolerance and message of peace”

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that the Kingdom will finance the restoration of the Jakarta Islamic Center after it suffered fire damage during renovation work last month.

Wednesday’s announcement reflects the crown prince’s interest in preserving the site as “it plays a great role in educating young generations and spreading Islam’s tolerance and message of peace,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It added it is also “an embodiment of the fraternal relations that unite Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.”




Firefighters spray water on the smouldering remains of the collapsed dome of the Islamic Centre mosque, which caught fire during ongoing renovation work, in Jakarta. (File/AFP)

Indonesian Ambassador Abdul Aziz Ahmad told Arab News: “I express my deepest gratitude to Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman for attending the G20 Summit in Bali.

“We hope that the presence will further strengthen relations between the two countries, not only at the G20 but especially for the good relations between the two nations that have been established from thousands of years ago.

“We welcome the initiative to finance the renovation of the JIC by the Kingdom, as a reflection of the brotherly relationship between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

“The JIC is an important institution for spreading Islam, not only for the people of Jakarta but also for the people of Indonesia. We believe the initiative will further strengthen the brotherly relations between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia in the present and the future.”




Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais thanked Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for supporting the restoration. (@ReasahAlharmain)

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, thanked the crown prince for supporting the restoration.

He also gave his appreciation for the backing of the Kingdom and its leadership in aiding Islamic countries, and said that Indonesia is at the forefront of regions that have enjoyed such support.

He added that the Saudi leadership is keen to support Islamic centers, initiatives and projects to help establish the concept of moderation. It was this enthusiasm that led to the decision to restore the JIC.

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that the announcement is an extension of the Kingdom’s interest in serving Islam and Muslims, based on its leadership in the Islamic world.

The minister added in a statement that the restoration confirms the crown prince’s enthusiasm for Islamic centers in all friendly countries, and for the role they provide in educating younger generations and spreading Islam’s belief in tolerance and message of peace, moderation and dialogue.

The JIC covers an area of 109,435 sq. meters and includes many facilities, including a mosque which accommodates more than 20,000 worshippers, a research studies center and a conference hall.

 

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RIYADH: The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones and Informa PLC recently launched the joint venture Tahaluf, which aims to train young Saudi women and men in events administration and attract international events into Saudi Arabia.

The venture is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to achieve economic diversification and create employment opportunities for Saudi citizens.

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Tahaluf Academy will also be established, which will annually provide a group of young Saudi professionals with professional accreditation, practical training and experience in international events through a series of opportunities across Informa’s global business.

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Michael Champion, regional executive vice president of Informa PLC, said: “We are honored to expand our partnership with SAFCSP to create Tahaluf, and together we aim to create sustainable events on a global level in Saudi Arabia that will be an international exhibition for the main sectors of the Saudi economy.”

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“Informa has played a leading role in the events industry on an international level, including pioneering on-demand and data-driven digital experiences and driving sustainability initiatives across the sector. This expertise has helped launch successful events together in the past and will be invaluable...in delivering on the ambitious plans announced today,” he added.