Saudi Arabia Renovates 130 Mosques

‘Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation’ achieved development and rehabilitation of all mosques of the first phase of the project which reached 30 mosques in 10 regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at a cost of more than SR50 million during 423 days with direction and follow-up by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, within the Crown Prince’s directive to renovate 130 historical mosques in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over several stages.

the Crown Prince’s directive sets for the implementation of renovation projects during the first phase by Saudi companies that are experienced and specialized in heritage buildings with the importance of involving Saudi engineers to ensure the preservation of the authentic urban identity of each mosque since its foundation, which was done through the program for the reconstruction of historical mosques at the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage and the Saudi Society for the Preservation of Heritage.

The project took into account the small details to recover the basic design of the mosques using new and high quality materials, and added new necessary elements, such as prayer rooms for women, services for people with the disabilities and service facilities and the development of service facilities such as air conditioning, lighting and acoustics, and their implementation in a manner consistent with the mosque’s historical identity.

The age of these historical mosques varies between 1432 and 60 years. One of them was established in the era of the Prophet’s companion Jarir bin Abdullah Al-Bajali (May Allah Be Pleased with Him), namely Jarir Al-Bajali Mosque in Taif Governorate. Some of these historical mosques were known as a scholarly beacon, such as Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque which was established more than 300 years ago in Al-Ahsa Governorate.

The mosques renovated under the project’s first phase started to receive worshipers after being closed for more than 40 years to start a new stage for these mosques, to become a historical religious symbol that would preserve religious heritage and Islamic architecture and revive heritage villages and the centers of historical cities.