Saudi Arabia, 24 April 2006: The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Dawaa and Guidance, Salah Al Sheikh announced the launch of a new system that monitors Saudi mosques electronically through a network based on the Geographical Information System (GIS). As the GIS system was launched, the Minister said the project aimed at creating a program to monitor all mosques and to set up monitoring systems inside. The minister clarified that this would enable the Ministry to be acquainted with the mosques everyday through modern technology.
The project has already been implemented in the mosques of Al Malaz quarter, east of Riyadh. By mid 2007, monitors would have been set up in other mosques of Riyadh. By mid 2008, the ministry hopes to have included all of the kingdom’s mosques in the project.