Eiffel Tower closed anew as snow, freezing rain pummel France

The 19th-century Eiffel Tower will be closed all day Friday and Saturday “to ensure the security of visitors.” (AP)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Eiffel Tower closed anew as snow, freezing rain pummel France

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower is closed and authorities are telling drivers in the Paris region to stay home as snow and freezing rain have hit a swath of France ill-prepared for the wintry weather.
The company that manages France’s most-visited monument said the 19th-century Eiffel Tower will be closed all day Friday and Saturday “to ensure the security of visitors.”
Workers with hand shovels will carefully clear snow from the intricate ironwork and de-ice stairs and platforms. The company said in a statement they can’t use salt because it could corrode the metal and damage the elevators.
Heavy snowfall earlier this week trapped hundreds of drivers in cars and caused the worst-ever traffic jams in the Paris region. More snow is forecast Friday and authorities are warning of dangerous conditions in about a quarter of the country.


3000-year-old relics discovered in KSA’s Jarash archaeological site

Updated 14 October 2018
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3000-year-old relics discovered in KSA’s Jarash archaeological site

  • Jarash, near Abha, is among the most important archaeological sites in Asir province
  • The site is one of the most important in the history of the Arabian Peninsula

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has ordered the continuation of archaeological excavations at Jarash. 

Excavation work will continue for 35 days with the participation of students from King Khalid University, said Mohammed Al-Umrah, director of the SCTH in the Asir region. Excavation teams at Jarash have discovered relics as old as 3,000 years.

Jarash, near Abha, is among the most important archaeological sites in Asir province. The site is one of the most important in the history of the Arabian Peninsula.

Recently, SCTH announced the registration of more than 53,000 historical artifacts and relics that it successfully managed to restore from inside and outside the Kingdom.

In 2011, Prince Sultan launched a campaign for retrieving national artifacts, including media and cultural programs and initiatives that aim to enlighten and inform citizens about the value of artifacts and the importance of returning them to the SCTH.