KSA signs deal for archaeological surveys on Farasan Island

Google map showing Farasan Islands in Jazan region.
Updated 23 November 2017
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KSA signs deal for archaeological surveys on Farasan Island

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has signed an agreement with a team of French scientists to extend an archaeological survey at two sites on Farasan Island in Jazan region.
The supervisor of the Antiquities and Museums at SCTH, Husain Abu Al-Hasan, and Soline Marion de Bros, from First Paris University and head of the French team on the Saudi-French project assigned to carry out the archaeological surveys, signed for their respective parties at SCTH headquarters on Tuesday.
Al-Hasan said the deal aims to exchange experiences between the two parties and benefit from different scientific approaches in archaeological surveys.
He said the deal is a part of agreements worked out by the SCTH with key universities, and specialized centers and institutes at the global level in the area of antiquities and museums.
The agreement contained a number of elements including using the latest technologies in exploring archaeological sites, renovation of antiquities, and scientific publication of findings on the basis of globally known approaches, he said.
The SCTH has so far signed more than 34 agreements with a number of universities and specialized institutes inside and outside the Kingdom… he said.
de Bros said the deal includes conducting studies at all archaeological sites on Fursan Island from the pre-Islamic era to the early Islamic period.
She stressed that the Kingdom’s land had represented a point of contact between world civilizations and cultures, and hosted a civilization that had an enormous impact on human history.


Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

Updated 21 August 2018
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Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

JEDDAH: A baby boy was born at a holy site in Saudi Arabia while Muslim pilgrims were performing Hajj rituals on Monday.

A Saudi Press Agency report said a Jordanian woman gave birth to the baby at the Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat .

Arafat, about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah, is where Muslims performing Hajj go to pray on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar for the most important part of the pilgrimage. 

The father named the child "Wadah" after the director of the hospital for his kind care and attention, the report said.

It added that the hospital's medical staff provided medical care for the child and his mother, who are both in good health.