Saudi Arabia archaeological award-winners named

Updated 03 November 2017

Saudi Arabia archaeological award-winners named

JEDDAH: The General Secretariat of the Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari Award announced winners of the first session of the award which honors pioneers and young archaeologists in the field of archaeological research and field work in Saudi Arabia.
The prize aims to improve archaeological research and create a positive spirit of competition between male and female researchers at the local and international levels.
The award was named after Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, the leading archaeologist in the Kingdom and the dean of Saudi archaeologists. He was the first Saudi to study archaeology at the University of Leeds.
After returning from his studies in 1966, Al-Ansari joined King Saud University and worked on the establishment of a department for teaching archaeology in the department of history at the faculty of arts, which later evolved into an independent department and then a college.

The winners were as follows:
First: Pioneers of Saudi archaeologists:
Al-Turath Charity: For its pioneering role in the restoration of national antiquities from outside the Kingdom and its contributions in the field of archaeological site development.
The late Abd Al-Qudus Al-Ansari: One of the most prominent archaeologists, and for his archaeology-related writings and investigations.
The late Mohammed bin Bleihd: For writing two books on antiquities.
• The late Hamad Al-Jasser: For his scientific production in the geography, history and heritage of the Kingdom.
Abdullah bin Hassan Masri: For his efforts in establishing the antiquities department at the Ministry of Education and working on the development of archaeological activity in the Kingdom.
Second: Pioneers among Non-Saudi archaeologists:
Abdullah Philby: For his leadership in serving the history, geography and antiquities of the Kingdom.
Third: Young researchers of Saudi archaeologists:
Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Al-Zahrani: From the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) for his PhD thesis which he received from the British University of York.
Khalid bin Fayez Al-Asmari: From the College of Tourism and Archaeology, King Saud University, on his master’s thesis at King Saud University.
Fourth: Young researchers among non-Saudi archaeologists:
Romolo Loreto (Italy): For his efforts in the excavation project in Dumat Al-Jundal.
Jerome Rohmer (France): For his efforts in the project of archaeological excavations in Mada’in Saleh, and for leading the scientific team at the Thaj archaeological site in the Eastern Province.

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.