Al-Baha tourism documentary wins gold at Cairo festival

A village built on a marble mountain attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Updated 18 November 2017
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Al-Baha tourism documentary wins gold at Cairo festival

RIYADH: A documentary about the rich heritage of Al-Baha tourism has won a top award at the Cairo Radio and Television Festival.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) documentary, Al Baha Tourism 37, won gold at the festival held in Cairo from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10.
Zahir bin Mohamed Al-Shehri, the director general of the SCTH branch in Al-Baha and secretary-general of the Al-Baha Tourism Development Council (TDC), said the award was the outcome of the efforts of the Talent Development Company (TDC).
“The SCTH, Al-Baha branch, and the TDC made a distinguished effort with the Mufid Media Co. and the director of the documentary film, and the joint work has now been appreciated with the gold,” he said.
He said that the preparation of the screenplay was done with three themes in mind: Al-Baha’s participation in Vision 2030, the charm of Al-Baha and the presentation of its urban heritage, monuments, heritage villages, museums and forts.
“These themes combined well in the documentary presentation and won it the gold award,” Al-Shehri said.
He said the area’s beautiful landscape attracted tourists and vacationers from throughout the Kingdom and Gulf countries.
Al-Shehri praised the efforts of Al-Baha Governor Prince Husam bin Saud, who is the chairman of the Al-Baha Tourism Development Council, for his support for tourism services in the region under the attention of SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman.
The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented attention of its national heritage with the support of King Salman under the umbrella of the Program for Caring for Cultural Heritage.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.