Haramain Foundation off terror list

Updated 01 November 2014
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Haramain Foundation off terror list

The Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has taken Haramain Islamic Foundation (HIF) off the terror list, Sabq.com online said.
The committee also acquitted the HIF of the false accusations made against it in the wake of Sept. 11 incident, where thousands of US citizens died as a result of terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers.
The decision, issued last Tuesday, comes after 10 years of freezing HIF assets, travel bans on its employees and denial of charity work under fabricated and false accusations, the paper said.
The Sanctions Committee removed Haramain Foundation from the list of sanctions after reconsidering requests made by Office of the Ombudsman to remove HIF from the terror list pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1904 for the year 2009, the paper said.
In pursuant to (new) decision, assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo, imposed by the Security Council Resolution 2161 (2014) is no longer applicable on HIF, the paper said.
HIF was established in 1408 in Karachi by Sheikh Aqeel bin Abdulaziz Al-Aqeel.
Four years later, HIF was shifted to Riyadh to work in relief and Islamic call areas. It has employed more than 5,000 in more than 50 countries, including the US, the paper said.


Shada Mountain: A top attraction in Baha region

Updated 10 min 36 sec ago
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Shada Mountain: A top attraction in Baha region

JEDDAH: The Shada Mountain in Baha region is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the Kingdom, and perhaps in the Middle East, due to its unique geological formation.
The mountain includes caves and grottoes engraved with drawings and inscriptions dating back to more than 3,000 years.
Due to weather conditions in the region, the local rocks offer unique scenery, as many of them resemble the forms of different animals.
Saudi Arabia and its leadership are keen to promote Saudi heritage sites as part of Vision 2030.
This month, Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), ordered the continuation of archaeological excavations at Jarash.
Excavation work will continue with the participation of students from King Khalid University, said Mohammed Al-Umrah, director of the SCTH in the Asir region.






Excavation teams at Jarash have discovered relics as old as 3,000 years.
Jarash, near Abha, is among the most important archaeological sites in Asir province. The site is one of the most important in the history of the Arabian Peninsula.
Recently, SCTH announced the registration of more than 53,000 historical artifacts and relics that it successfully managed to restore from inside and outside the Kingdom.
In 2011, Prince Sultan launched a campaign for retrieving national artifacts, including media and cultural programs and initiatives that aim to enlighten and inform citizens about the value of artifacts and the importance of returning them to the SCTH.