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Emir of Medina launches renovation projects for Islamic historical sites

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RIYADH – Prince Faisal bin Salman, Emir of Medina and chairman of the board of directors of the Regional Development Authority, on Wednesday launched plans to renovate Islamic history sites in the region.

The launch ceremony was attended by Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed Fayez.

These projects are implemented in more than 100 sites related to the Prophet’s biography and Islamic history. The Tourism Destination Development Bureau under the Regional Development Authority is responsible for monitoring the completion of these projects within the approved time frame of 2025.

Prince Faisal inaugurated eight sites whose development has been completed, including Al-Ghamama Mosque, Al-Soqya Mosque, Al-Raya Mosque, Abu Bakr Siddiq Mosque, Omar bin Khattab Mosque, Bani Anif Mosque, Gharas well and Urwa fort. bin Al-Zubayr.

During the ceremony, the Emir witnessed the signing of contracts, agreements and memorandums of understanding between the Regional Development Authority and a number of government and private agencies to develop and revive sites historical. These included the design and implementation of the site of Sayyid Al-Shuhada Square, the Saqifa of Bani Saad (west of the Prophet’s Mosque), the site of Khandaq, the development of the Qiblatain Mosque and its surroundings, and the Othman bin Affan well.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Faisal bin Salman commended the level of performance and coordination between government agencies to achieve the goals of the historic site development projects.

Meanwhile, Madinah Mayor Eng. Fahd Al-Bolaihashi presented the plan for the development of historical sites, in particular the historical district of Badr. The plan includes the development of a trail that covers over 40 historic landmarks. It extends for 175 km, starting from Medina, passing through the Al-Areesh Mosque and the Al-Rawhaa region and a number of sites related to the most important events in the Prophet’s biography in the region of Badr.

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