Archaeological discoveries in various parts of Saudi Arabia announced

The Vice-President of Antiquities and of the Museum Sector in the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announces at a press conference that new antiquities were discovered recently in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Updated 12 November 2017
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Archaeological discoveries in various parts of Saudi Arabia announced

RIYADH: Archaeologists have announced a number of discoveries and phenomena in various parts of the Kingdom on the sidelines of the first Saudi Antiquities Forum which ended on Thursday.
One of these is a 1,000-year-old gold dinar struck in 453 AH, and uncovered by an archaeologist at King Saud University, local media reported.
The gold dinar, an Islamic medieval gold coin, was found only 20 centimeters below the surface at the archaeological site.
A new astronomical phenomenon linked to the Rajajil site was also found, in addition to six other Fatimid coins, glass bottles with writings dating back to the reign of the Caliph Al-Mustansir, part of a red agate pottery, and decorative beads.
Rajajil, often called the Stonehenge of Saudi Arabia, is a mysterious ancient site located on a sandstone terrace some 20 kilometers south of the center of Sakakah, the capital of Al-Jouf province, and a few kilometers south of Qarah village.
Archaeological excavations had revealed that Rajajil is indeed a burial site, but its true importance is “probably its role in the transition of lifestyles from nomadism toward sedentarism induced by climate changes on the Arabian Peninsula.
Archaeological investigation in the Al-Hajjar area also revealed the existence of 17 tombs with the names of 14 sculptors who worked in Madain Saleh, the first world heritage site of Saudi Arabia. The archaeological tombs in the area bore artistic inscriptions.


FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Saudi minister of communications and information technology

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha
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FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Saudi minister of communications and information technology

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha has been the Saudi minister of communications and information technology since his appointment in April 2017 following a royal order. He succeeded Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel.
In addition to his ministerial post, he serves as chairman of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, chairman of Saudi Post and head of the National Executive Digitization Committee, as well as being a member of many boards.
Previously, he was the director-general of the digital transformation office at the Ministry of Economic and Planning. His responsibilities included expediting the realization of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 through digital infrastructure.
Al-Swaha also served as the chief executive officer of Cisco Saudi Arabia, which ranks fifth in Cisco’s global operations.
He held several positions at Cisco between 2005 and 2017; he was regional manager, then became operations manager, and most recently became vice president.
Al-Swaha holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and communications engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and degree in computer science from the University of Washington in Seattle.
He completed a number of programs in executive education at Harvard Business School and Duke University.
Al-Swaha is participating in the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh from Oct. 23-25, representing the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.
He said that the communications and information technology market in the Kingdom is ranked 12th in the world, and it is an open market with promising investment opportunities.