Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association

Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad
Updated 13 August 2019
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Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad, vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association

Dr. Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Fahad is the vice president of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association (SASA) and has provided his services at Hajj camps for more than 25 years. He is general supervisor of the camps in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, and the ports.

Al-Fahad is one of 12 elected volunteer members of the World Scout Committee, the main executive body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He is also a professor at the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

SASA members helping Hajj pilgrims from the public service camps have guided 34,974 people of different nationalities on Arafat Day. 

Al-Fahad said there was a drop in the number of lost pilgrims owing to SASA’s online and printed material.

In 2018, the board of directors of the World Scout Fund nominated him as a member of the joint executive committee, which is responsible for taking major decisions on financing the projects of the Messengers of Peace program.

Al-Fahad considered his candidacy as a reflection of the Kingdom’s access and visibility in different fields at a regional and international level.

He is one of the Arab world’s leading international scout figures, receiving many awards and medals over the years.


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.