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The old city of Madinah

Riyadh-Saudi Arabia has commenced with its restructuring projects for sites that are related to Prophet Mohammed’s biography in the framework of implementing a major program for the sites of Islamic history.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), which is responsible for the program, has started preparing designs for restructuring and developing them.

The list includes sites in Mecca, mainly Jabal al-Nour, Jabal Thawr, Hudaybiyyah and Prophet’s migration path.

In Medina, work is in progress to develop and restructure Battle of Uhud sites, Battle of the Trench sites, path between Prophet’s Mosque and Quba Mosque, Al-Aqiq Valley, Masjid al-Qiblatayn, Miqat Mosque and Battle of Badr site.

Moreover, the program includes establishing a museum for Islamic battles and other open museums and centers for guiding visitors.

For his part, Adviser for Antiquities and Heritage to SCTA President Dr. Saad al-Rashed said that the program comes within the framework of rules and directives of the royal highnesses, who want to guarantee the importance of preserving sites of Islamic history.

Rashed added that the program includes four pathways, which are: registration and protection, studies and documentation, development and rehabilitation, awareness and definition.

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA, Chairman of Supervising Committee of Islamic History Site Caring Program confirmed during the second meeting of both the Advisory and Supervising committees of the Islamic History Site Caring Program that the program is considered one of the most important paths the committee is working on in cooperation with its partners.

He noted that the government is keen to document the historic landmarks and ensure they are not being removed or destroyed.

“This will be done in collaboration with public organizations such as Makkah and Madinah development authorities and in a manner that serves the program’s goals and Islam; besides preserving those sites as an integral part of the great history of our religion,” he added.