Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

:: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will open the new headquarters of the Khaled bin Faisal Moderation Center at King Abdul Aziz University at the end of this week and will announce the names of those who won the center’s Moderation Award in its first season, reaching SR1 million ($266,652).

Dr. Al-Hasan Al-Manakhara, the director of the center, emphasized the importance of the role and responsibility of King Abdul Aziz University and the center’s members in promoting and spreading the culture of moderation and fighting terrorism, violence and racism in a well-studied methodological manner.

Since its establishment last year, the center has begun providing educational programs and training sessions in this field to build and enhance capacities cognitively and professionally, according to society’s demands, he added.

He noted that the prince will announce the names of winners of the Moderation Award, one of the center’s most important events this year. He also revealed that the award reached SR1 million, of which SR200,000 was distributed on short films, SR100,000 on cartoons, SR50,000 on filming, SR50,000 on digital arts, SR100,000 on quantitative statistic studies, SR150,000 on translation, SR100,000 on innovative individual initiatives, and SR150,000 on distinguished institutional initiatives.

Al-Manakhara emphasized the necessity of conducting more quality scientific studies on moderation and fighting terrorism, extremism and violence through multi-disciplinary research techniques and methods, which is considered as one of the center’s most important strategic goals.

In another matter, the Makkah governor honored a Saudi man who found a three-year-old lost child in Jeddah, and released a video of her on social media which helped her parents to find her.

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