Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

Updated 15 March 2017
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Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

RIYADH: Arrangements are being made to hold a Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program for more than 1,000 community members at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Friday. 
The event is organized by a group comprising 15 Sri Lankan Muslim organizations under the umbrella of the Sri Lankan Embassy, headed by Ambassador Azmi Thassim. 
Thareek Thameem, one of the members of the organizing committee, said the program is open to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their faiths. 
The event which will start at 4:30 p.m., will include a variety show, a book stall, game zone, a blood donation corner, and a documentary film on Sri Lanka to highlight tourism. 
He said the idea of the program is not only to provide entertainment to the members of the community, but also to create an awareness of Muslims and their culture among the islanders.
Arrangements, he said, have been made to cater to all age groups of Sri Lankans and families, who are most welcome to participate in the event.
“We have made arrangements to provide refreshments and dinner for all visitors at the end of the show,” Thameem said. 
Thassim told Arab News that this is the first time such an event has been organized by the Muslim community.
The event is part of the cultural activities of the mission and other communities, who regularly organize similar events. Such events, he said, promote intercommunal amity among Sri Lankans living in the Kingdom.


Discovery of underground aqueducts from early Islamic era in ancient town of Fayd in Hail

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Discovery of underground aqueducts from early Islamic era in ancient town of Fayd in Hail

ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A team of Saudi archaeologists have found traces of underwater aqueducts dating back to the early Islamic period in the ancient town of Fayd in Hail.
Fayd is one of Saudi Arabia’s most ancient archaeological and historical cities, which lies east of the city of Hail, about 120 kilometers away, and is the third city of the old pilgrimage route after Kufa and Basra, and it is the largest station on the Iraqi pilgrimage route (Derb Zubaydah).
The team, which operates under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), discovered the fortress annexes outside the fort.
There were more discoveries, including a large number of architectural units, such as an ancient mosque which goes back to the early Islamic era and a number of architectural units that contained many rooms and architectural details that were buried between the exterior and interior walls of the fort.
Part of the interior wall of the fort was discovered in the south side as well as parts of the citadel in the southeastern side of the fort.
The plan of action included the discovery, preparation and cleaning of old wells located in what is known as the (Traditional Town) that is connected to underground aqueducts.