Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah inaugurates Jeddah Sculptures Museum a gift by ALJCI to the city’s residents and visitors
HRH Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Makkah Region, lauded Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) for its latest contribution to the community made by restoring the sculptures along Jeddah Corniche and giving them a new home within the Jeddah Sculptures Museum.
Prince Mishaal congratulated Engineer Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, President of ALJCI, as well as Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of ALJCI International for spearheading this effort during the opening ceremony of Jeddah Sculptures Museum, sponsored by Prince Mishaal
During the event Fady Mohammed Jameel said that ALJCI felt honoured to give this project as a gift to the Kingdom and its citizens. Preserving the city’s artworks, he said, would add to the beauty of Jeddah, and its Corniche.
“ALJCI worked very hard to attract international companies specialized in the restoration of antiquities and sculptures to the Kingdom to work on this project.” he pointed out.
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood, on behalf of Engineer Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, thanked HRH Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah for inaugurating the museum, adding that ALJCI’s contributions to the country, represented an integral part of the government’s efforts to create projects, which serve Saudi citizens all over the Kingdom.
The Jeddah Sculptures Museum became a reality thanks to public-private sector co-operation, namely Jeddah Municipality and ALJCI, which outsourced the restoration of the sculptures, which had been exposed to the elements for many years, to UK experts.
The museum spreads over 7,000 square metres, along the northern part of the Central Jeddah Corniche, between Al Annani Mosque and Al Salam Palace. Within visitors can find 26 sculptures created by international and Arab artists, including works by Henry Moore (UK), Victor Vazarelly and Cesar Baldicini (France), Joan Miro (Spain), Alexander Calder (US), Jane ARB (Germany), as well as Rabi’a Al Akhras (Syria) and Mustafa Sunbul (Egypt).