Riyadh: The government in Saudi Arabia is all set to establish Qur'an Oasis - a world-class, integrated cultural and knowledge hub on 50 acres of land in Madinah - City of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), according to the local media reports.
The project to establish the Qur'an Oasis has been sanctioned by King Salman - the Royal Head of the Kingdom who himself is a Hafiz and Scholar of The Holy Book. A person is called Hafiz when he memorises the entire Qur'an.
The Qur'an Oasis, which will serve both academic and recreational purposes, will also display more than 3,000 rare manuscript copies of the holy book.
“The Qur'an Oasis will be an integrated world-class cultural and knowledge landmark that showcases everything pertaining to the holy book,” Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced on Tuesday.
King Salman also approved the allocation of 200,000 square meters of land along King Salman Road near Prince Muhammad International Airport to Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to implement the project in coordination with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Madinah mayoralty, Madinah Development Authority, and with the partnership of the private sector.
An expert committee was formed in the year 2012 to carry out studies about the proposal presented by Prince Sultan following a royal decree. Later on an international bid was invited for presenting the best designs for the project and the winning project was chosen by a jury, according to Saudi Gazette.
City of The Prophet (Peace be upon him) Madinah already has King Fahd Glorious Qur'an Printing Complex. The company produces about 10 million copies a year. It has 1,700 employees. It has published 55 different translations of the Qur'an in 39 languages. Its website offers the Arabic Qur'an, recitations, textual search, translations, images of early Qur'an manuscripts. It also has a Digital Quran Research Centre.
The Holy Qur'an is the last testament in a series of divine revelations from The God - Allah in Arabic. It consists of the unaltered and direct Words of The God.