(MENAFN - Arab News) The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs yesterday signed an agreement with Umm Al-Qura University for conducting research on crowd management and translating the presidency's Arabic documents into other languages.
The signing ceremony took place at the university's headquarters in Abidiya. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, and Umm Al-Qura President Dr. Bakri Assas, signed the deal.
Addressing the ceremony, Al-Sudais commended the Saudi government's efforts in the service of pilgrims and development of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah in order to expand facilities for worshippers.
"The presidency receives all-out support from the government to carry out its mission in the best manner," Al-Sudais said while highlighting endeavors to develop the organization.
He said the agreement with Umm Al-Qura was in line with the presidency's partnership with various civilian and government institutions in order to improve its services.
Under the agreement, Umm Al-Qura will conduct research on crowd management at the two holy mosques and will translate all the documents of the presidency, including Friday sermons and other religious statements, into other languages.
Umm Al-Qura's teachers will give lectures at the two holy mosques on various Islamic topics. The university will be able to make use of the expertise of the scholar under the presidency.
Students of Makkah Haram institute and college will be able to pursue their higher studies at the university.
The Haram Library will also receive Umm Al-Qura's support. Assas underscored the importance of the five-year agreement, saying it would facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of two sides. He said the university would conduct research and provide consultancy services for the benefit of the two holy mosques and their visitors.