JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and Japan’s Waseda University have agreed to carry out joint archaeological and exploration work at Al-Hawraa site in the Saudi province of Umluj.
The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the visit of SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman to Tokyo.
It is the latest in a series of cooperation programs between the Kingdom and Japan in the field of archaeology.
Under the terms of the agreement, a team from the university and a Saudi team will participate in the archaeological survey and exploration works on the site, as part of the joint Saudi international missions operating in the Kingdom under the supervision of SCTH.
In the same vein, the Kingdom also signed with Japan a joint scientific cooperation agreement in the field of archaeological research and studies by virtue of which the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to perform three excavations to survey old Arabic patterns and Islamic writings in Najran and Madinah.
Prince Sultan also toured the Kingdom’s pavilion at the National Museum of Japan. He did so during his visit to an exhibition on Saudi heritage and culture organized by the SCTH and held by the Arab Islamic Institute in Tokyo. Prince Sultan was received by the institute’s director, Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Amaim.
The exhibition was largely by Arab ambassadors, Japanese academics and archaeologists. The prince praised Al-Amaim for the institute’s contribution to the events accompanying the exhibition, the pavilion and cultural seminars.
The director thanked Prince Sultan for visiting the pavilion and for praising the institute’s work.
He explained that the Institute contributed to the establishment of the Saudi pavilion over a period of more than two months, along with the exhibition that was largely visited by Japanese visitors who have seen the pavilion’s activities, Arabic calligraphy paintings and a collection of national antiques related to Saudi folklore.
Al-Amaim said that the Institute organized a symposium titled “The masterpieces of the effects of Saudi Arabia through the ages” attended by a number of Arab ambassadors, Japanese academics and a group of archaeologists.