Malegaon: Makkah Gov. Prince
Khaled Al-Faisal has emphasized the importance of making Makkah one
of the most beautiful, clean, civilized and advanced cities in the
world. The city is considered as one of the holiest city by billions
of Muslims around the globe.
According to the report published in Arab News, he said the
Saudi leadership was keen to make Makkah one of the most developed
and beautiful cities in the world while launching the first
competition for the beautification of Makkah at the Park Hyatt Hotel
A number of artists, consuls general, businessmen, government
officials and media persons attended the ceremony organized by the
“The development strategy for Makkah has been at the heart of the
Kingdom’s Five-Year Development Plans,” the prince said. “If Makkah
had not been here, this region would not have attained such an
important cultural and political position in the world,” he added.
He said all development proposals and initiatives for Makkah’s
development came from the vicinity of the Holy Kaaba.
“We are honored to serve the House of God and we have a
responsibility to develop Makkah and ensure that peace and security
prevail there for the welfare of pilgrims who come from different
parts of the world,” Arab News quoted him as saying.
He commended the efforts of those, including artists and businessmen
who have taken the initiative for the beautification of Makkah.
Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar said the preparation for the first Islamic
competition for the beautification of Makkah had taken two years to
make a plan, taking into account Makkah’s preeminent position in the
He said the municipality intended to ensure the participation of a
large number of artists from Arab and Islamic countries in the
competition, adding that it would be publicized in the international
Spelling out the main objectives of the competition, Al-Bar said it
primarily aimed at the beautification of Makkah by converting its
corners into museums of Islamic artwork.
“It also offers a good opportunity for Muslim artists around the
world to display their skills and standards,” the mayor said.
He said the competition also aims at spreading art by depicting
Makkah’s heritage in artworks. It will help to exchange the
Prizes worth $300,000 will be given to the winners, said artist Taha
Sabban, a member of the contest’s preparatory committee. The art
works will be displayed at 12 locations in the city.