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Model of global competitiveness Madinah center for spiritual, ‘intellectual enlightenment’

THE Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness of Cities, which is affiliated to the World Economic Forum, recently released its global report stating that Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, which literally means ‘the city of light’, is not just a religious city with spiritual history. Al-Madinah has become a unique model of competitiveness of cities.

The report, which was issued during the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said there is no city in the world which can match the status of Al-Madinah in the contemporary interlinking world amid the economic knowledge of the 21st century.
 
The city of Al-Madinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to new modern universities and oldest libraries, let alone its possession of mothers of books, scriptures and rare recordings; thereby, elevating its status as a prestigious and important location. 
 
Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, the city of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), has been known historically as the center for both spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. For the past 14 centuries, it has never ceased to celebrate its pioneering role in spreading knowledge. It is the throbbing heart of Muslims all over the globe.
 
Today, the light of the city of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) continues to glow by hosting elite intellectuals and thinkers from various parts of the world; the city is just irresistible. This unique status of Al-Madinah has made it possible for it to hold global conferences on modern-day issues. Day after day, this city puts itself on the path of recapturing its intellectual glory from the time it was just a small city where students gathered after prayers around various pillars of the Holy Mosque of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), eager to learn from the hands of highly qualified scholars. This city was the bricks-and-mortar Internet of its day. The prestigious status this city has reached today is tantamount to attracting global investors and companies which are looking for stability.
 
In 2013, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah was chosen to be the city of Islamic culture, a title that it deserves with all merits. Now in 2014, the Davos Forum affirmed the pioneering status of this holy city by declaring it a model of competitiveness for global cities. 
 
The Davos Forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation by economics professor Klaus Schwab. Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests, working in close coordination with all major international organizations. On Jan 25, 2014, the Davos Forum concluded its 44th annual conference with the attendance of 2,500 renowned political and economical personalities from 100 countries.
 
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By Intisar Al-Ma’tooq

By: Intisar Al-Ma’tooq

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