Darah releases photos of Saudi solidarity with Palestinians

Updated 18 December 2017
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Darah releases photos of Saudi solidarity with Palestinians

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Research and Archive Center (Darah) on Saturday began to release a group of historic photos of the Saudi position on the Palestinian cause on its Twitter account.

The photos reflect different historic stances of the Kingdom during the past decades starting from the era of the founder late King Abdul Aziz down to the era of King Salman.

Tweets from diverse cultural and scientific backgrounds from inside and outside the Kingdom will be accessible to find historic and documented data through historic photos, official documents and videos in this regard from the film “Al-Shahama Appeal … the Saudi Army in Palestine 1367H (1948),” which was produced by Darah.

Among the rare photos to be released by Darah, published by Um Al-Qura on 6/8/1367, is a photo of late King Abdul Aziz as he inspects Saudi battalions (fighters) for saving Palestine, in the presence of his Crown Prince Saud bin Abdul Aziz.

Another photo, published in Um Al-Qura on Shawwal 22, 1367H, shows Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mansour bin Abdul Aziz addressing the Saudi regular jihad group in Palestine, the list of Saudi martyrs in the 1948 Palestine war and a photo of a letter from the General Command of the Palestine Forces condoling nine Saudi martyrs in Al-Mazrah Battle on 16/2/1948.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.