Makkah governor pledges $20 million to protect endangered heritage sites

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal
Updated 20 March 2017
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Makkah governor pledges $20 million to protect endangered heritage sites

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi delegation to donors to the International Fund for Protecting Endangered Cultural Heritage, announced that the Kingdom has donated $20 million to the fund.
The fund was established to help preserve and protect endangered cultural heritage sites during wartime.
Prince Khaled announced the donation during the meeting held Monday in France.
In his speech, the prince said there are major challenges faced by many regions in the Middle East as Arab communities attempt to preserve their cultural and historical heritage targeted in a destructive campaign.
He pointed to the work of the Emirate-French joint initiative and UNESCO in protecting global heritage sites.
He also pointed to the need for nations to unite to preserve the heritage of nations that are undergoing conflicts.
Prince Khaled also expressed his gratitude to the French president and state for hosting the conference.
The fund, with a membership of more than 40 countries, will contribute to fund for emergency operations and fighting the illegal trade of historic artifacts that were damaged. France has supported the fund with $30 million while the UAE has donated $15 million.


FaceOf: Shoura Council member Lina Khaled Almaeena

Lina Khaled Almaeena
Updated 21 April 2018
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FaceOf: Shoura Council member Lina Khaled Almaeena

  • Almaeena began her career as a writer and a journalist
  • Almaeena was appointed as a Shoura member in 2016 by King Salman

Lina Khaled Almaeena is Shoura Council member, businesswoman and philanthropist. She was born in Jeddah. She holds a BA in communications from George Mason University in Virginia and a master’s in psychology from the American University in London.

Almaeena began her career as a writer and a journalist. She participated in writing programs for Saudi radio and wrote for Almadinah newspaper.

The Shoura member, an avid sports lover, has been trying to encourage Saudi women’s involvement in the sports sector since her return to the Kingdom in 2000.

She founded Jeddah United, Saudi Arabia’s first private female basketball club, in 2003 and has since established a private company to run sports events and expand the sports scene in Saudi Arabia.

In 2004, she was selected to address the French Senate on International Women’s Day.

Almaeena is a member of the Young Saudi Business Committee and Sports Investment Committee in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kingdom Young Business Women Council.

She was 71st on a list of the 200 Most Powerful Women in the Middle East by Forbes Magazine in 2014. She also won the entrepreneurship award at the Women Leaders Forum in 2010 and is one of the few Saudi women to have climbed Mount Everest.

Almaeena was appointed as a Shoura member in 2016 by King Salman, charged with advising the Cabinet on legislation.

She is a supporter of women entering football stadiums and being more involved with sports.

Earlier, she said: “It’s not simply about the empowerment of women in sports from an athletic point of view. I’m also looking at it from an economic perspective.”

“It’s a golden age for Saudis and, as women, we’ve come a long way. We’re living in an era of historical change, and we’re making up for lost time.”