Madinah to Host International Knowledge Forum in June

Posted on May 8, 2008

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P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News

JEDDAH, 8 May 2008 – The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) yesterday announced its plan to hold an annual international knowledge forum in Madinah on June 22-24.

SAGIA Gov. Amr Al-Dabbagh said the forum, named Noor (light) and which is the first of its kind, would bring together a large number of intellectuals, scientists, investors and business leaders, adding that it would focus on health and information technology.

More than 100 Muslim investors and intellectuals have agreed to take part in the event. “We want to organize this forum annually as part of SAGIA’s strategy to attract investments in knowledge-based industries,” Al-Dabbagh said.

Please click here to visit the NOOR Madinah Conference website.

Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Majed said the three-day forum would contribute to modernizing the Saudi economy. “There are a lot of investment opportunities in knowledge-based industries,” the prince said, adding it will! be held in cooperation with the Knowledge Economic City (KEC) in Madi nah. “KEC will become a base for economic development and a cultural monument for the people and visitors of Madinah,” the governor said.

Dr. Salim Al-Malik, chairman of the forum’s scientific committee, spoke highly of the KEC, which was launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in June 2006. “KEC will make Madinah the capital of knowledge and the center for scholars as it was during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),” he pointed out.

Reputable international organizations and institutions including Harvard University, the Association of Muslim Scientists in the US and the Islamic Foundation from the UK will attend the forum. “We hope it will be a good beginning for the Islamic world to restore its leading position in knowledge and science,” Al-Malik said. [more]

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