Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
From History To Future

The architecture of mosques receive exceptional attention from the Kingdom's leaders, throughout eras up to the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz who took great care of mosques inside and outside the Kingdom, within the framework of institutional programs and projects aimed to ensure the sustainability of this care in the form and the required level, according to idealistic perceptions that preserve the mosque's status and prestige in the Muslim community.

Accordingly, the "Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation" came out with noble goals and thoughtful plans, in line with the goals of the Kingdom's National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030. 

The titanic project aspires to develop and rehabilitate 130 historic mosques spanning over a number of phases. 

Two days earlier, everyone was surprised with the actual completion of the first stage of the project, which included the development of 30 historic mosques in 10 different regions in the Kingdom, at a cost of SR50 million in only 423 days.

The project is enlightened by the directives and follow-up of His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who believes in the importance of preserving ancient and Islamic sites, so that they remain a witness to the Kingdom's cultural and historical dimensions that are rooted in the depths of the Islamic history of the region, as well as his directives to allocate huge budgets that ensure complete achievement of the project's goals.

From the beginning of its establishment, the project believes in the importance of being managed by pure national minds, which - more than others – appreciate the importance of preserving the national monuments. 

Hence, His Highness the Crown Prince issued his directives about implementing the renovation of historical mosques by Saudi companies specialized in the renovation of heritage buildings, with the importance of involving Saudi architects to ensure the preservation of the authentic urban identity of each mosque since its foundation, in cooperation with the Program for the Reconstruction of Historical Mosques at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and in partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, the Ministry of Culture and the Saudi Society for the Preservation of Heritage.

Today, many are betting on the success of the "Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation", and its ability to achieve all its goals, programs and aspirations in a short period, as well as the completion of its first phase at such high speed. Such a project was born to continue and remain, and future generations will reap the fruits of this project when they see the Kingdom's Islamic monuments on the ground in a state calling for pride in the history of this country and its leaders who defended its monuments against loss and extinction.

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