Phase 1 of Mosul’s Al-Nouri Mosque rebuilding project complete

The UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi praised the citizens of Mosul, Iraq, who helped complete Phase 1 of the Al-Nouri Mosque rebuilding project.

The UAE adopted UNESCO’s initiative to rebuild the mosque in 2018, which has sent a message of hope to the entire world, Al Kaabi added, during a discussion titled “Mosul Heritage: A New Era Built by Youth” organised by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in partnership with UNESCO.

“One day, the Great Mosque of Al-Nouri shall rise again in Mosul’s skies, and churches will be rebuilt, and cultural and musical events will be celebrated, along with many other events that celebrate human culture, before the enemies of enlightenment began their destruction. The efforts of the UAE and UNESCO will make Mosul’s citizens smile again,” she said.

The Director of the National Project to Rebuild the Al-Nouri Mosque at UNESCO, Rakan Al Allaf, said: “Al Allaf said the first phase of the project to rebuild the mosque was completed, due to the help of Mosul’s citizens, with almost 300 people taking part from February 2019 to March 2020 in removing mines and munitions, collecting heritage and historical artifacts, and classifying and documenting them.”

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the work of UNESCO has continued, Allaf added, noting that officials are waiting for the delivery of equipment to begin testing soil and rebuilding specific areas of the site. Phase 2 of the project will begin in Q4 2020.

The session, moderated by Mina Al Oraibi, commemorated the three-year anniversary of the destruction of the Great Mosque of Al-Nouri and its Al-Hadba’ Minaret in Mosul, according to the state-run news agency, Wam.

The discussion, was attended by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Suhaib Al Darzi, Head of the Engineering Consultancy Office at Mosul University; Rakan Al Allaf, Director of the National Project to Rebuild the Al-Nouri Mosque at UNESCO; Ali Al Baroudi, Translation Professor at Mosul University and Photographer; Fahar Sabah, Iraqi Cultural Activist and Founder of the Writers Forum; Abdulrahman Al Hajjar, Antiquities and Heritage Inspector of Nineveh Governorate at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Antiquities, and Narjis Danoun, UNESCO volunteer.

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