King Salman honored for services to unite Muslims

RECOGNITION: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives an honorary doctorate for promotion of Islamic unity and efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, offered by King Abdulaziz University on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 27 May 2016

King Salman honored for services to unite Muslims

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has received an honorary doctorate from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) for promoting unity in the Muslim world.

King Salman received the honor while attending the 50th anniversary of KAU on Wednesday night, where he also launched several projects worth SR5.5 billion for the expansion of the facility.
Education Minister Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, president of KAU’s council, said that King Salman’s contribution has included major global aid and charity initiatives and protecting and preserving Islamic culture and heritage, SPA reported.
The minister made the statement after chairing the fifth session of the council for this academic year. He said the monarch has received numerous awards, medals and certificates for his achievements across the world.
At the 50th anniversary celebrations, the king launched the third phase of the university’s expansion projects, which includes buildings for first year students, a sports village, housing for staff, and other facilities for KAU’s branch in Rabigh.
In a speech, the king said that the country’s achievements were based on the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, peace be upon him. There was a focus on science and technology to ensure sustainable economic development, as part of the country’s Vision 2030 plan announced last month, he said.
The king also toured an exhibition held at King Faisal Conference Center and was briefed on the history of the university over the years and its plans for the future, and then watched a documentary on the facility.


ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

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ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

The Saudi marketplace Souk Al-Majlis, or the Divan Heritage Souk, is part of the old town of Al-Maznab and lies 7 kilometers from the urban center of the city in Al-Derah district.

Al-Maznab township itself is located  in southeastern Qassim province and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.

It contains more than 380 houses of various sizes, while the old Divan Heritage Souk and the Masque of Bahla Palace form the starting point for the district and its main center.

The souk is popular with visitors and locals and hosts summer events, auctions and folklore presentations among other similar activities.