[A view of Masjid An Nabawi - the Prophet's Mosque, in Madinah al Munawwerah. (File photo)]
Riyadh: Under the patronage of Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, the MADAC Education Academy is to be set up in the holy city at a cost of SR20 million ($5.3 million).
The center will specialize in providing an investigative education for children and young people, encouraging them to understand historical, cultural and scientific aspects of civilization, and to develop intellectual skills in science and culture.
Prince Faisal recently patronized the signing ceremony for the agreement to establish the academy with the support of Saudi company SABIC, according to Arab news.
Under the agreement, SABIC will support the establishment of the academy, which aims to build a world-class educational complex with a balanced environment for education and cultural values.
SABIC will contribute to the construction of the academy’s museum and exploration center, covering 2,000 square meters.
The agreement was signed by SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Yousef Al-Benyan, and MADAC Executive Director Abdullah Hafez.
Commending the efforts of Prince Faisal to develop his community, Prince Saud who attended the ceremony said SABIC is keen on innovative, socially responsible initiatives and cooperating with community partners to provide the best services to society.
“SABIC’s contribution to establishing this academy is in line with its strategy, which supports science and technology education,” Prince Saud said.
Hafez commended SABIC’s social initiatives and support for the academy, saying SABIC is helping quality education in the Kingdom.
SABIC supports efforts to develop education, health, environmental protection and sustainable agriculture.
Madhinah, City of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) already hosts the renowned Islamic seminary Jamia Islamiah and King Fahd Glorious Qur'an Printing Complex. and Reserach Centre.
About two months ago, the Saudi government took a decision 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).
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.