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On behalf of the King SCTA President inaugurates the 1st Urban Heritage Conference

On Sunday evening, 23rd May, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA has opened the events of the 1st International Conference of Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries. The opening ceremony was held in presence of HRH Prince Mansour bin Mot’ab bin Abdul Aziz the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and it takes place in King Faisal Hall for Conferences.

The opening ceremony commenced with the reading of the Holy Qur’an, and then the audience in presence watched an introductory presentation on urban heritage sites in the Islamic countries. Afterwards HRH President of SCTA, the Head of the steering committee of the event delivered a speech.  On the occasion he announced, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the opening of the conference.

HRH President of SCTA, in his speech said “The great Islamic urban heritage symbolizes superiority of Islam civilization as well as Muslims’ attention towards architecture science. Islamic urban heritage represents concrete evidence of Muslims’ advances in knowledge and scientific areas as well as representing lasting evidence of their distinction in the field of art and culture. Concern to urban heritage in our country is done in the light of rapid an economic and human development and amid globalization conditions and cultural and civilization interaction”. 

HRH President of SCTA has stated that, “The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in participation of Saudi citizen and private sector, undertakes hard and comprehensive work towards bringing out civilization dimension of the country especially the Islamic and national urban heritage. Care of urban heritage is carried out in conjunction with great economic and scientific uprising that the Kingdom is witnessing in the blessed reign of the honest king “King Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz assisted by HRH Crown Prince and supported by a nation that is very passionate of its heritage and proud of its great history”. 

At the end of his speech, HRH President of SCTA, on behalf of the participants of the conference has extended his thanks and gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership and nation for hosting this important historic and international event as well as thanking all participants and sponsors of the conference who contribute in the hold of this blessed gathering.

Dr. Khalid Arn, Director of Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), in his speech has expressed his appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for patronizing the conference, emphasizing that, our Islamic communities have special identity formed its position among the nations across ages. He added that, heritage reserve is the fundamental of our identity and the reference that should be preserved and cared of.

He praised the close relation between IRCICA and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through many projects the most important of which is the project of the ‘database’ which was established due to personal support of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz President of SCTA for recoding information  of urban heritage in the Islamic countries. Also he referred to the project of Al Quds 2015 which is devoted for repairing heritage buildings in Al Quds. 


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