Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 23 July 2019
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Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter sets up first blood donation campaign

  • It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals

RIYADH: The General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter in cooperation with King Saud University has organized its first blood donation campaign.

It aims to boost the authority’s role in society by supporting patients and hospitals that are in constant need of blood, in accordance with its humanitarian role and social responsibility. It promotes the authority’s partnership with the Ministry of Health and supports its efforts to provide blood units for every person in need.

The Saudi Ministry of Health launches a campaign each year to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, highlighting the role it plays in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients awaiting surgical operations.

Blood banks in Saudi Arabia and the region still face difficulties, and many government and private entities work to meet the needs of government and private hospitals to maintain blood reserves.

“We are always working to serve the nation and bear a responsibility toward every citizen and resident, which comes in line with the authority’s national role and the efforts to realize the leadership’s ambitions,” the authority’s Executive Chairman Dr. Fahd bin Mushayt said.

He said that the campaign was part of the efforts exerted at the Diplomatic Quarter to keep pace with the development of the Kingdom.

The campaign attracted ambassadors, diplomatic corps employees and their families, in addition to citizens and residents.

Mushayt expressed his gratitude to all those who had donated blood and contributed to the campaign’s success.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019
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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.